Bruised masculinity can backfire in 2 ways

New research used false feedback to gauge the effect of threatened masculinity on men's relationships. The results aren't pretty.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: gender relationships society-and-culture

Pandemic puts certain groups in high-hazard work

Out of the Washington state workforce of 3.3 million, some 900,000 fill positions in 55 high-hazard lines of work. They're mostly female and disproportionately people of color.

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 gender jobs money united-states health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

Multiple droughts can be a mixed bag for forests

When multiple droughts build on each other, they affect forests differently than one drought alone. Researchers are beginning to understand how and why.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: trees forests earth-and-environment droughts

Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

Ideas from others may prevent ‘fixation’ on your first solutions

When solving problems, we tend to rely on things that have worked in the past, which psycholgists call "fixation." Other ideas may get you out of the rut.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cognition problem-solving featured society-and-culture social-lives decisions creativity

3 factors shed light on COVID-19 oxygen level mystery

Researchers have begun to solve the mystery of how COVID-19 causes "silent hypoxia," where oxygen levels in patients become abnormally—and dangerously—low.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs oxygen health-and-medicine

Higher doses of vitamin D slow frailty in mice

Higher doses of vitamin D, referred to as "hypersufficiency," slows the progression of frailty in mice, a new study shows.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aging vitamin-d health-and-medicine frailty

Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Black officers face discipline more often than white police

Black police officers face disciplinary measures for misconduct more often than white officers, even with the same number of allegations made against them.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: discrimination society-and-culture police-officers race-and-ethnicity

Chunks of Venus may have smashed into the moon

Growing evidence suggests Venus was a lot like Earth long ago. Researchers say rocks from Venus that collided with the moon could help clear things up.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space meteorites venus science-and-technology moons

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