Are the Oregon wildfires a view into the future?

"Until a few days ago it was looking like the tamer wildfire projections were closest to reality."

Matt Cooper-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire forests featured science-and-technology

Why do so few young people vote?

Why do so few young people in the United States vote? Listen to an expert explain the gap between intention to vote and actual turnout.

Duke University • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: politics young-adults united-states featured society-and-culture voters

How the coronavirus hijacks human cells to spread itself

Researchers have figured out a mechanism SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, uses to co-opt infected human cells to boost its own replication.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses proteins featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

Genomes debunk the idea of blonde, Nordic Vikings

Researchers sequenced the genome of 442 Viking Age bone fragments from all over Europe. The Vikings may not have been quite as Nordic as we thought.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history genomes europe featured science-and-technology society-and-culture vikings

People act less selfishly when somebody’s watching

The more uncertain we are about expectations, the more likely we are to act selfishly, a new study finds. That's key for following COVID-19 guidelines.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 generosity featured society-and-culture social-lives

Child psychology has wisdom for pandemic parenting

An expert in child psychology has advice for how parents can fight stress and meet both their own needs and those of their kids.

Katherine Gianni-Boston University • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: parents stress childrens-health families featured health-and-medicine

How women use tech to improve their sex lives

A new study offers an unprecedented look at the sex lives of women around the world and how they use "sex tech" to find partners and educate themselves.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: gender sex mobile-devices featured health-and-medicine

Strict distancing keeps your COVID risk much lower

"Our findings support the idea that if you're going out, you should practice social distancing to the extent possible..."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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

Nappers may have higher neurological disorder risk

The brain's way to remove waste, the glymphatic system, is synced to circadian rhythms, research in mice shows. The findings may be bad news for nappers.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep brains neurological-disorders featured health-and-medicine circadian-rhythms

Why human-like robots freak real people out

Robots that look human are more appealing to people, but only up to a point. That effect is called the uncanny valley. Researchers dig into what's going on.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots featured science-and-technology perception

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