Study: Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage

When the Hajj comes in summertime, in some years it may not be safe for participants to remain outdoors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research climate-change religion health global-warming middle-east climate civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering

Most straight couples now meet online

"When it comes to single people looking for romantic partners, the online dating technology is only a good thing, in my view."

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture algorithms internet love mobile-devices relationships trends

Being an omnivore is actually quite odd

Examining one million animal species going back 800 million years shows that omnivores are rare, and that the first animal likely ate meat.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology evolution food meat

Brown fat helps clear obesity-linked amino acids from blood

Understanding how brown fat filters amino acids could lead to treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Camden Flath-Futurity | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine amino-acids body-fat diabetes food obesity

Women in STEM: Dr Cecilia Brassett

Dr Cecilia Brassett is the University Clinical Anatomist and a Fellow of Magdalene College. Here, she tells us about teaching anatomy, which has been taking place at Cambridge for more than 300 years. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 22, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem teaching anatomy medicine

Could treatments for tinnitus target brain inflammation?

Investigation into inflammation in a sound-processing region of mouse brains suggests future tinnitus treatments.

Jo Marie Barkley-U. Arizona | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains ears hearing inflammation sounds tinnitus

College educated women drink more booze

More women are drinking alcohol, but there are variationsin drinking depending on age, race, education, marital status, and other factors.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging alcohol education gender race

How will self-driving cars deal with motion sickness?

What good will self-driving cars be if your ride makes you feel motion sick? Now, researchers are figuring out how to give future riders a smoother trip.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine motion nausea self-driving-cars transportation vehicles


‘Skeletons’ are key to quick object recognition

The skeletal shapes of objects—picture a stick figure—is a key tool to help us in object recognition.

Carol Clark-Emory | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence shapes visual-perception

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