Critical race theory isn’t the first social studies controversy

Social studies education in the US has changed over the last 20-30 years. Why is it so polarizing, and where should schools go from here?

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 22, 2021 ~6 min

Can junk DNA kill cancer cells?

Selfish genetic elements (aka "junk DNA") were once thought to be parasites of the genome. New research shows they may trigger the death of cancer cells.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Oct. 22, 2021 ~7 min

5 ethical guidelines for ancient DNA research

Researchers propose five ethical guidelines for research on ancient DNA. There is genome-wide data available for more than 6,000 ancient humans.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~7 min

Better touch screens could let you feel stuff before you buy it

"This could allow you to actually feel textures, buttons, slides, and knobs on the screen.... you could feel the texture of fabrics and other products..."

Texas A&M University • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~5 min

Sleep ‘sweet spot’ may mean less cognitive decline

A new study in older adults shows people who slept too much or too little experienced greater cognitive decline than those who slept a moderate amount.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~7 min


Watering hole gatherings have complex effects on plant survival

Animals munching on plants around watering holes in Kenya can leave a lot of bare ground. But there's more nuance to which plants survive and which don't.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~8 min

Protein leak discovery may enhance treatment for lung diseases

The discovery of a new biomarker could improve both the diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD, researchers report.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~4 min

Watering hole gatherings shows how some plants survive

Animals munching on plants around watering holes in Kenya can leave a lot of bare ground. But there's more nuance to which plants survive and which don't.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~8 min

2021: Hospital care for COVID could cost you thousands

The waivers are going away: People in the United States could face substantial costs if they end up in the hospital with severe COVID-19 in 2021.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 21, 2021 ~8 min

Does depression in pregnancy up c-section risk?

Depression and anxiety may be linked to significantly higher rates of first time cesarean deliveries among women otherwise at low risk of having one.

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 20, 2021 ~7 min

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