These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Leaders with economics know-how drive faster GDP growth

Politicians with an education in economics spur economies to grow faster than leaders without one, research shows.

Joseph Paul-Purdue | Dec. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture economics elections gross-domestic-product leaders money

Upgrade makes perovskite solar cells last and last

A new way to produce perovskite solar cells using inorganic ingredients limits their defects and lets them last for months.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lead materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Lead isotopes reveal coal fly ash contamination

A new tool can spot contamination from coal fly ash. "Our hope is that this new tracer...will help us provide greater protection to communities at risk."

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coal isotopes lead pollution soil

Does early lead exposure rob kids of sleep later?

Children exposed to lead may have a harder time getting a good night's sleep, a new study suggests.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan | Oct. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health lead-exposure sleep

To protect city kids from lead, focus on the dirt

"Young children are extremely vulnerable to lead poisoning because of their normal crawling, hand-to-mouth, exploratory behavior."

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health cities lead soil

There’s lead in turmeric from one of the world’s biggest growers

Bangladesh is one of the world's top growers of turmeric, but new research ties lead in turmeric produced in the country to serious health issues.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Sept. 25, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine food lead

Narcissism declines as we get older

A new study that followed first-year college students until they were in their 40s shows that narcissism tends to decline as we age.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL | Sept. 20, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture aging leaders narcissism personality

Manganese can speed up the danger in lead pipes

Manganese isn't particularly toxic, but it can cause significant—potentially dangerous—changes in the water in lead pipes.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology lead manganese water

Minecraft teaches young people how to lead

Can "Minecraft" and other online communities "breed more savvy defenders of democracy"? New research suggests they can.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis | July 18, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture cooperation democracy gaming internet leaders social-lives

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