Nature inspires shock absorbing materials

Check out this video to see how researchers are making materials that may be useful in earthquake-resistant buildings, safety helmets, and more.

National Science Foundation | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science

Your body clock affects how anti-inflammation drugs work after surgery

If you've just had surgery, researchers have found that you may want to take anti-inflammatories in the morning or at noon, but not at night.

Katherine Gombay-McGill | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine circadian-rhythms inflammation medications surgery

A.I. boosts breast cancer detection accuracy

Combined with analysis from a radiologist, a new artificial intelligence tool can identify breast cancer with approximately 90% accuracy.

Greg Williams-NYU | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine artificial-intelligence breast-cancer cancer imaging-technology mammograms

2 doses of flu vaccine for kids cuts hospitalizations in half

Fully vaccinating children by giving them two doses of the flu vaccine can cut their risk of hospitalization as much as 54%, researchers say.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health flu hospitals influenza vaccines

Grades could give old electric car batteries a ‘second life’

Researchers have figured out how to give electric car batteries that have reached the end of their life new potential, which is better for the environment.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology batteries electric-vehicles

Kids and teens in prison need more support

Children and teens in the youth justice system have a higher prevalence of mental health disorders and suicidal behaviors than their peers, researchers say.

Holly Watkins-U. Melbourne | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture prison suicide teenagers

Plan can cut unneeded antipsychotic drugs for foster kids

Kids in foster care are more likely to get a prescription for antipsychotic meds to treat behavioral issues, but a new plan could help fix the issue.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd autism childrens-health foster-care medicaid medications

Bugs and heat will do major damage to crops as temps rise

Climate models may underestimate potential crop losses as a result of rising temperatures because they leave out how stressed plants react.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change insects temperature

US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture emotions journalism politics race-and-ethnicity religion trends united-states

‘Prehabilitation’ preps body and mind for surgery

"Prehabilitation" not only helps patients get physically and mentally ready for surgery, it also can reduce costs and get them home more quickly.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine goals hospitals recovery surgery well-being

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