Cooling clothes material stays flexible even when frozen

"The previous cooling materials have been rigid and tough, which makes them unforgiving for athletes, occupational workers, soldiers, and so much more."

U. Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: exercise materials-science temperature hydrogels science-and-technology health-and-medicine clothing

5G may lead to less accurate weather forecasts

5G wireless networks will improve phone service and make communications a whole lot faster. But 5G could also screw up weather forecasts, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet phones weather satellites mobile-devices science-and-technology

Team builds colloidal diamonds, ‘Holy Grail’ of photonics

Creating colloidal diamonds, a long-awaited photonic technique, could change the development and use of optical technologies over the next decade.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics optics lasers photons materials-science science-and-technology shapes

Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: friends science-and-technology social-lives lifespan baboons

‘Sexy mindset’ makes partners seem hotter

Having a "sexy mindset" can make potential partners seem more attractive and reduce fears of rejection, researchers report.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: relationships sex featured science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives attraction

Bonobos lead scientists to crystal-covered truffle species

Bonobos eat a previously unknown truffle that's covered in tiny crystals.

U. Florida • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: mushrooms science-and-technology apes

Immune molecule may keep mouse brains running right

In a surprising brain-body connection, immune cells make a molecule called il-17 that may be vital for normal brain function, a study with mice shows.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution anxiety brains science-and-technology immune-systems

Did early humans cook with hot springs before fire?

Evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled long before the control of fire suggests early humans may have used them for cooking.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food science-and-technology early-humans hot-springs

Lower energy light can create polymer gel objects

There's a way to use low-energy, visible light to produce polymer gel objects from pure monomer solutions, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: light polymers science-and-technology

How gross ‘chastity belts’ shape butterfly evolution

After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution biodiversity butterflies science-and-technology mating

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