Exposure to these metals may alter pregnancy hormones

Research in Puerto Rico indicates how exposure to toxic metals can disrupt pregnancy hormones. That disruption can cause preterm birth and low birth weight.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Arecibo telescope's fall is indicative of global divide around funding science infrastructure

The collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was a result of financial neglect – and was a long time coming.

Raquel Velho, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Three scientists on what we learned from the Arecibo radio telescope

The Arecibo radio telescope has collapsed but its amazing discoveries will live on.

Karen Masters, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Haverford College • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place

Extreme weather events prompt people to move, a trend that could accelerate in a warming climate. But the ability to migrate internally in the US depends largely on economic status.

Jack DeWaard, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

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Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Onions and garlic linked to lower cancer risk in Puerto Rico

A new study with women in Puerto Rico finds that those who ate more onions and garlic had a lower risk of breast cancer.

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 24, 2019 ~3 min

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How to provide cancer care in a natural disaster scenario

A new paper explains how doctors cared for patients without electricity, clean water, or power in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
May 26, 2019 ~2 min

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Did FEMA shortchange Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

FEMA sent nearly $100 million to areas hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but Puerto Rico received only $6 million after Hurricane Maria.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2019 ~3 min

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