Expert: Too soon to say if Omicron is ‘the next scary thing’

Will fears about the newly discovered Omicron variant pan out or is it just a lot of hype? Too early to tell, an expert warns.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
today ~7 min

People with anxiety, depression may use ‘sextech’ to ease distress

People who report anxiety or depression are more likely to use "sextech," as a way to relieve their psychological distress, researchers find.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
today ~6 min

Freeze-dried vaccine could one day be used for COVID-19

A new freeze-dried vaccine formula that looks a lot like green cotton candy has potential for use as a COVID-19 vaccine that wouldn't need refrigeration.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
today ~6 min

Voice assistants aren’t great at giving quality health information

Voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant answer health questions, but how reliable is the info? New research reveals room to improve.

Stanford • futurity
today ~9 min

Team creates new phase of matter, the ‘time crystal’

"Time-crystals are a striking example of a new type of non-equilibrium quantum phase of matter."

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
today ~11 min

Can windy days shield you from COVID-19?

Low wind speeds and stale air are associated with as much as 45% higher incidence of contracting COVID-19 when people socialize outside, researchers say.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
yesterday ~3 min

Common food additive messes with gut bacteria

A common food additive alters gut bacteria. That may promote chronic inflammatory conditions, including colitis and colon cancer.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Deep breath video can calm a child in 1 minute

A free, brief video shows kids how to take a few deep breaths, which research shows really can calm them down in regular settings.

Carrie Spector-Stanford • futurity
yesterday ~8 min

Humpback whale song is for finding other whales, not courting them

New research is "an arrow through the chest" for the theory that humpback whales sing to attract mates. Instead, their song is much closer to sonar.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Sensor tells coral (and human) sperm to swim

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
yesterday ~8 min