Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely

Frank La Sorte, Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Implant uses light to tell your brain you’re not hungry

A new wireless medical implant stimulates the endings of the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the regulation of food intake.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Colorful light reveals how worms get longer lives

A metabolite called colanic acid can extend the lifespan of worms as much as 50%. New research uses optogenetics to clarify that discovery.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Ultracold atoms reveal a new type of quantum magnetic behavior

The findings may help researchers design “spintronic” devices and novel magnetic materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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New type of atomic clock keeps time even more precisely

The design, which uses entangled atoms, could help scientists detect dark matter and study gravity’s effect on time.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Physicists capture the sound of a “perfect” fluid

The results should help scientists study the viscosity in neutron stars, the plasma of the early universe, and other strongly interacting fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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COVID could boost risks for seasonal affective disorder

An expert explains seasonal affective disorder and why this year could be especially tough. She also outlines steps you can take to feel better.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~9 min

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Cities need to embrace the darkness of the night sky – here’s why

Dark skies have value. They are a profoundly wonderful yet highly threatened natural asset.

Nick Dunn, Professor of Urban Design, Lancaster University • conversation
Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ may hide in dark corner of space

Is there another planet in our solar system? Researchers are using new techniques with space telescope images to hunt for the theorized Planet Nine.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ may hide in dark corner of space

Is there another planet in our solar system? Researchers are using new techniques with space telescope images to hunt for the theorized Planet Nine.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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