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new-un-high-seas-treaty-must-close-gaps-in-biodiversity-governance

New UN high-seas treaty must close gaps in biodiversity governance

Fish market (stock image). Credit: © Andrey Bandurenko / Adobe Stock Thousands of marine species could be at risk if a new United Nations high-seas biodiversity treaty, now being negotiated in New York, does not include measures to address the management of all fish species in international waters, not just the commercial species, warns an…
association-between-soft-drink-consumption-and-mortality-in-10-european-countries

Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries

Soft drinks (stock image). Credit: © Successo images / Adobe Stock A new study coordinated by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) examined the association between total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and subsequent total and cause-specific mortality. The study included data from more than 450,000 people in the…
‘mental-rigidity’-at-root-of-intense-political-partisanship-on-both-left-and-right,-study-finds

‘Mental rigidity’ at root of intense political partisanship on both left and right, study...

Road signs as symbols of liberal-conservative divide (stock image). Credit: © andrii / Adobe Stock People who identify more intensely with a political tribe or ideology share an underlying psychological trait: low levels of cognitive flexibility, according to a new study. This "mental rigidity" makes it harder for people to change their ways of thinking…

First human ancestors breastfed for longer than contemporary relatives

Calcium element in periodic table (stock image). Credit: © Francesco Scatena / Adobe Stock By analysing the fossilised teeth of some of our most ancient ancestors, a team of scientists led by the universities of Bristol (UK) and Lyon (France) have discovered that the first humans significantly breastfed their infants for longer periods than their…

Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries

Soft drinks (stock image). Credit: © Successo images / Adobe Stock A new study coordinated by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) examined the association between total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and subsequent total and cause-specific mortality. The study included data from more than 450,000 people in the…
first-human-ancestors-breastfed-for-longer-than-contemporary-relatives

First human ancestors breastfed for longer than contemporary relatives

Calcium element in periodic table (stock image). Credit: © Francesco Scatena / Adobe Stock By analysing the fossilised teeth of some of our most ancient ancestors, a team of scientists led by the universities of Bristol (UK) and Lyon (France) have discovered that the first humans significantly breastfed their infants for longer periods than their…
concussions-linked-to-erectile-dysfunction-in-former-pro-football-players

Concussions linked to erectile dysfunction in former pro football players

Football and helmet (stock image). Credit: © Daniel Thornberg / Adobe Stock Former professional football players who have experienced concussion symptoms, including loss of consciousness, disorientation or nausea after a head injury, are more likely to report low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (ED), according to research published Aug. 26 in JAMA Neurology. The research --…
t.-rex-had-an-air-conditioner-in-its-head,-study-suggests

T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

T. rex skeleton, head and neck (stock image). Credit: © stockdevil / Adobe Stock Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida, while challenging over a century of previous beliefs. In the…
ancient-animal-species:-fossils-dating-back-550-million-years-among-first-animal-trails

Ancient animal species: Fossils dating back 550 million years among first animal trails

Three Gorges, Yantze River, China (stock image). Credit: © Mark / Adobe Stock In a remarkable evolutionary discovery, a team of scientists co-led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist has discovered what could be among the first trails made by animals on the surface of the Earth roughly a half-billion years ago. Shuhai Xiao, a professor…
suggested-move-to-plant-based-diets-risks-worsening-brain-health-nutrient-deficiency

Suggested move to plant-based diets risks worsening brain health nutrient deficiency

Woman with vegetarian meal (stock image). Credit: © sonyakamoz / Adobe Stock The momentum behind a move to plant-based and vegan diets for the good of the planet is commendable, but risks worsening an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health, warns a nutritionist in the online journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention…
tess-discovers-three-new-planets-nearby,-including-temperate-‘sub-neptune’

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate ‘sub-Neptune’

This infographic illustrates key features of the TOI 270 system, located about 73 light-years away in the southern constellation Pictor. The three known planets were discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite through periodic dips in starlight caused by each orbiting world. Insets show information about the planets, including their relative sizes, and how they…
how-to-simulate-softness

How to simulate softness

Fingers touching marshmallows (stock image). Credit: © leungchopan / Adobe Stock What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow, a piece of clay or a rubber ball? By exploring this question in detail, a team of engineers and psychologists at the University of California San…
einstein’s-general-relativity-theory-is-questioned-but-still-stands-for-now

Einstein’s general relativity theory is questioned but still stands for now

Black hole illustration (stock image). Credit: © Andrea Danti / Adobe Stock More than 100 years after Albert Einstein published his iconic theory of general relativity, it is beginning to fray at the edges, said Andrea Ghez, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. Now, in the most comprehensive test of general relativity near the monstrous…
this-protein-is-how-creatures-sense-cold

This protein is how creatures sense cold

Fox in snow (stock image). Credit: © rtaylorimages / Adobe Stock Researchers have identified a receptor protein that can detect when winter is coming. The findings, scheduled for publication Aug. 29 in the journal Cell, reveal the first known cold-sensing protein to respond to extreme cold. "Clearly, nerves in the skin can sense cold. But…
reactor-turns-greenhouse-gas-into-pure-liquid-fuel

Reactor turns greenhouse gas into pure liquid fuel

Models of carbon dioxide molecules (stock image). Credit: © Ted Reinhard / Adobe Stock A common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels. The catalytic reactor developed by the Rice University lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Haotian…
how-humans-have-shaped-dogs’-brains

How humans have shaped dogs’ brains

Puppies of various dog breeds (stock image). Credit: © Rawpixel.com / Adobe Stock Dog brain structure varies across breeds and is correlated with specific behaviors, according to new research published in JNeurosci. These findings show how, by selectively breeding for certain behaviors, humans have shaped the brains of their best friends. Over several hundred years,…
new-artifacts-suggest-people-arrived-in-north-america-earlier-than-previously-thought

New artifacts suggest people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

Salmon River, Idaho (stock image). Credit: © davidmarx / Adobe Stock Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper's Ferry site in western Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than scientists previously thought. The artifacts would be considered among…
poor-diet-can-lead-to-blindness,-case-study-shows

Poor diet can lead to blindness, case study shows

French fries (stock image). Credit: © Pixelbliss / Adobe Stock An extreme case of "fussy" or "picky" eating caused a young patient's blindness, according to a new case report published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. The University of Bristol researchers who examined the case recommend clinicians consider nutritional optic neuropathy in any patients with…
confirmation-of-toasty-tess-planet-leads-to-surprising-find-of-promising-world

Confirmation of toasty TESS planet leads to surprising find of promising world

This diagram shows the layout of the GJ 357 system. Planet d orbits within the star’s so-called habitable zone, the orbital region where liquid water can exist on a rocky planet’s surface. If it has a dense atmosphere, which will take future studies to determine, GJ 357 d could be warm enough to permit the…
dead-planets-can-‘broadcast’-for-up-to-a-billion-years

Dead planets can ‘broadcast’ for up to a billion years

Planetary nebula with white dwarf illustration (stock image). Credit: © Peter Jurik / Adobe Stock Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. In new research led by the University of Warwick, scientists have determined the best candidate white dwarfs…

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