Menstrual cups are a cheaper, more sustainable way for women to cope with periods than tampons or pads

Menstruation cups are increasingly being used as an environmentally friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads.

Susan Powers, Spence Professor of Sustainable Environmental Systems and the Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Clarkson University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Real-time drone intent monitoring could enable safer use of drones and prevent a repeat of 2018 Gatwick incident

Researchers have developed a real-time approach that can help prevent incidents like the large-scale disruption at London’s Gatwick Airport in 2018, where

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~6 min

School Vaccine Efforts Targeting Students Face Opposition

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

WHO Says Africa’s Thin Vaccine Supply to Drop 25 Percent

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 14, 2021 ~4 min

Changes to workplace cafeteria menus nudge workers to consume fewer calories

A study carried out at 19 workplace cafeterias has shown that reducing portion sizes and replacing higher calorie food and drinks with lower calorie options

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 14, 2021 ~5 min

What’s behind the Yom Kippur tradition of chicken twirling?

For some 1,000 years, many Ashkenazi Jews have observed the Yom Kippur Eve practice of twirling a chicken. An expert explains its meaning and history.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~7 min

Forceful vaccine messages backfire with holdouts – how can it be done better?

Subtly shifting the crafting and delivery of public health messaging on COVID-19 vaccines could go a long way toward persuading many of the unvaccinated to get the shot.

S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects & Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory, Penn State • conversation
Sept. 14, 2021 ~9 min

Alexa and Siri won’t make your kids bossy

Kids have gotten used to telling Alexa or Siri to call Grandma or play their favorite song. But will doing so make them bossy? Probably not.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~10 min

Dementia care hinges on potential family caregivers

A new study documents major gaps in who gets dementia care that could help them remain at home. A key factor is potential family caregivers.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~11 min