A few heavy storms cause a big chunk of nitrogen pollution from Midwest farms

New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.

Chaoqun Lu, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Americans’ odds of getting pregnant may peak in late fall

North Americans are most likely to succeed in getting pregnant in late November and early December, especially if they live in the US South.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Older male monkeys father fewer babies

Older male monkeys sire fewer offspring, a new study shows. The finding could have implications for human infertility, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

Nearly every country will see their populations fall as the world has fewer babies.

By James Gallagher • bbcnews
July 14, 2020 ~7 min


Lower fertility may follow C-section for first baby

"It's important that women who elect to have a C-section know that there is a chance they may have difficulty conceiving in the future."

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Fewer women die when insurance covers infertility treatments

Insurance coverage for infertility treatments reduces maternal mortality by 20% among white women, research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Heartbreak of IVF cancellations and the desire to have genetically related children

Society shapes people’s preferences and emphasises the value of having genetically related children.

Giulia Cavaliere, Lecturer in Professional Practice, Values and Ethics, Lancaster University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

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1 enzyme is key for successful fertilization

One enzyme may determine whether human development starts correctly. The discovery could help explain why some fertilization fails.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~3 min

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