Rising temps could kill millions a year by century’s end

Deaths due to temperatures rising as a result of climate change could match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, researchers say.

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change death temperature featured health-and-medicine

Teeny robots get a speed boost from origami folding

Origami has inpsired a new kind of microbot that can fold itself. It could be useful in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: robots temperature self-assembly featured science-and-technology origami

21st century Texas climate will rival ‘megadroughts’

Thanks to climate change, Texas will soon face the driest conditions in 1,000 years, researchers report.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change water temperature texas earth-and-environment droughts

Flex material may lead to cooling clothes

Nanotubes may lead to cooling clothing. "Instead of heating or cooling a whole dwelling or space, you would heat or cool the personal space..."

Laura Oleniacz-UNC • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nanotechnology temperature fabric science-and-technology clothing

Common trees absorb less carbon as temps rise

"More warming for trees could mean more stress, more tree death, and less capacity to slow global warming..."

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests temperature earth-and-environment north-america

Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

System monitors faces to adjust the room’s temp

A new system uses cameras to gauge the facial temperature of people in a room and adjust the temperature accordingly.

Gabe Cherry-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cameras surveillance temperature buildings faces science-and-technology

Heat may kill way more Americans yearly than we knew

While the CDC estimates heat contributes to 600 deaths in the US each year, new research finds that the number may be many more times that.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
June 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: death temperature weather featured health-and-medicine

Global cold spell changed rice forever 4,200 years ago

Researchers have written "a first draft of the story of how rice dispersed across Asia." It includes a major cooling event that forced rice's evolution.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution climate-change food rice temperature featured earth-and-environment

Winter warm spells are more common for the UK

Warm winter spells in the United Kingdom have increased in frequency and duration two to three times over since 1878, report scientists.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change united-kingdom temperature weather earth-and-environment

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