Why some ancient Egyptian ink contained lead

New research uncovers lead compounds in red and black inks on ancient Egyptian papyrus. Here's why that's notable.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology lead writing egypt society-and-culture

This Halloween, trick-or-treating could be down 41%

COVID-19 is having a chilling effect on Halloween plans this year, a new report confirms. But a lot of people are also still unsure of what they'll do.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 food halloween holidays featured health-and-medicine

Can gargling saltwater replace nasal swab COVID tests?

A new COVID test uses gargling with saltwater instead of a stick up your nose. Researchers say initial results are promising.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses featured health-and-medicine medical-tests saliva

Quarantines and other non-medical tactics cut COVID deaths

Non-pharmaceutical interventions can reduce the peak number of COVID infections, daily infection rates, cumulative infections, and overall deaths.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses social-lives health-and-medicine

Chimps focus on positive relationships in old age

Just like people, chimpanzees seek out and value companionship in increasingly positive ways as they grow older, a new study shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: aging chimpanzees relationships science-and-technology social-lives

This Halloween, trick-or-treating could be down 41%

COVID-19 is having a chilling effect on Halloween plans this year, a new report confirms. But a lot of people are also still unsure of what they'll do.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 food halloween holidays featured health-and-medicine

How affordable health care can fight climate change

Affordable health care could be a key tool in the fight against climate change, research from Indonesia finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability conservation health-care-costs forests indonesia indigenous-people earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects trees new-species wasps parasites science-and-technology

‘Nearly invisible’ leopards rebound in China

Though most leopards are endangered, there's good news about the big cats. Their population numbers are on the rise in China.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation china endangered-species earth-and-environment

Volcanoes feed the atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

The atmosphere on Jupiter's moon Io is a witches' brew made from the sulfurous burps of more than 400 volcanoes. Now scientists know how it got that way.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: space planets volcanoes jupiter science-and-technology moons

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