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Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels,...

London, England, with view of River Thames. Credit: © zgphotography / Adobe Stock Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered. Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found…

Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels,...

London, England, with view of River Thames. Credit: © zgphotography / Adobe Stock Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered. Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found…

If you could learn every disease your child could possibly develop...

Genetic screening word cloud. Credit: © ibreakstock / Adobe Stock Newborn screening is required in the U.S. and differs slightly depending on which state you live in. For the most part, it's done before a newborn baby leaves the hospital and includes a blood test that screens for 30-50 serious health problems that usually arise…

Initially threatened by change, people adapt to societal diversity over time

Social exclusion concept. Credit: © Frog 974 / Adobe Stock President Donald Trump recently introduced immigration reforms that would prioritize education and employment qualifications over family connections in selecting immigrants and nominated immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach as "immigration czar." The moves, like many by Trump, speak to those who feel threatened by what they perceive…

If you could learn every disease your child could possibly develop...

Genetic screening word cloud. Credit: © ibreakstock / Adobe Stock Newborn screening is required in the U.S. and differs slightly depending on which state you live in. For the most part, it's done before a newborn baby leaves the hospital and includes a blood test that screens for 30-50 serious health problems that usually arise…

Chimpanzees at the crossroads: Adapt to living outside protected areas

Chimpanzees (stock image). Credit: © Kjersti / Adobe Stock Research carried out into the impact of changes to chimpanzee habitats found they have adapted to human developments in a number of ways -- including learning how to cross roads safely and the best times to visit human habitats -- but their survival is still threatened.…

How a new father views his relationship with his partner

Father, baby and mother. Credit: © Syda Productions / Adobe Stock A new father's views on his changing relationship with his wife or partner may depend in part on how much support he feels from her when he is caring for their baby, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a first-time father tended to…

Death of the middleman? Imagining a cheaper, fairer marketplace for digital...

E-commerce concept. Credit: © NicoElNino / Adobe Stock E-commerce is sizzling. Last year, consumers spent more than $517 billion online with US merchants, up 15 percent from the year before, according to Internet Retailer. However, independent musicians, self-published authors and others have sometimes found it difficult to participate in the e-commerce revolution. That's because they…

Australian islands home to 414 million pieces of plastic pollution

Ocean pollution (stock image). Credit: © Richard Carey / Adobe Stock A survey of plastic pollution on Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory's beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. The study led by IMAS researcher Dr Jennifer Lavers and published in the journal Scientific Reports estimated beaches…

Do you trust politicians? Depends on how you define trust

Politics and trust concept. Credit: © Minerva Studio / Adobe Stock There's more to trust than credence and faith, especially as it comes to politics. Research from Michigan State University and North Carolina State University presents new evidence to suggest that there are more layers to political trust than the public -- and politicians themselves…

Political controversies about marginalized groups increase bullying in youths

Bullying concept. Credit: © fotomek / Adobe Stock Scientists have uncovered new evidence that heated political discourse over proposed laws involving marginalized groups, such as debates about the rights of LGBT people, can contribute to an increase in bullying linked to students' identity in schools. It is the largest study to date to examine the…

Dexterous herring gulls learn new tricks to adapt their feeding habits

A gull perches on the quay of a small harbor. Credit: © simon jennings / Adobe Stock Observations of Herring Gulls by scientists from the University of Southampton have shown how the coastal birds have developed complicated behaviour to 'skin' sea creatures to make them safe to eat. Researchers think this feeding habit may be…

Despite health warnings, Americans still sit too much

Sedentary lifestyle word cloud (stock image). Credit: © ibreakstock / Adobe Stock Most Americans continue to sit for prolonged periods despite public health messages that such inactivity increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to a major new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.…

Arctic warming will accelerate climate change and impact global economy

Iceberg in Greenland (stock image). Credit: © mikhail79spb / Adobe Stock Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice and land snow, will accelerate climate change -- and have a multi-trillion dollar impact on the world…

To cheat or not to cheat? Researchers uncover the moral dilemmas...

Medals and pills. Credit: © martinfredy / Adobe Stock Elite athletes are less likely to take banned substances if they consider the morality of what they are doing, and not just the health consequences of doping, according to a new study led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).…

Nature’s dangerous decline ‘unprecedented,’ species extinction rates ‘accelerating’

Pacific Ocean. Credit: Copyright Michele Hogan Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which…

Searching for lost WWII-era uranium cubes from Germany

Recognize this cube? It's one of the 664 uranium cubes from the failed nuclear reactor that German scientists tried to build in Haigerloch during World War II. Credit: John T. Consoli/University of Maryland Back in 2013, Timothy Koeth, an associate research professor at the University of Maryland, received a rather extraordinary birthday gift: a little…

New mathematical approach tested for the search of flight MH370

The Indian Ocean is covered of boxes forming the Markov chain models constructed using satellite-tracked drifter buoys to describe the motion of marine debris produced by the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Credit: Philippe Miron The 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains ones of the biggest mysteries in aviation. More than $150…

Psychologists release results of survey of ‘Maria generation’ kids

A classroom in Puerto Rico shows the damage from Hurricane Maria, which was a category 4 storm when it struck the US territory on September 20, 2017. Credit: Provided by Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo Psychologists from the Medical University of South Carolina have just published one of the largest post-disaster screening projects in U.S. history. The report,…

Changing how a country types: New keyboard standard makes typing in...

The new keyboard standard, created with a state-of-art-algorithm, makes typing in French easier and more comfortable. Credit: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University Keyboards touch our everyday lives yet, despite the well-known drawbacks of current layouts used across the globe, the position of characters has largely remained the same. Researchers at Aalto University, as part of an international…

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