Most pro athletes who got COVID-19 didn’t develop heart inflammation

Most pro athletes who got COVID-19 didn’t develop heart inflammation

Most pro athletes who got COVID-19 didn’t develop heart inflammation Most professional athletes who got COVID-19 didn’t suffer heart damage from it, a new study suggests. Researchers screened 789 players who had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infections for signs of myocarditis or pericarditis — inflammation …..

Twistoptics—A new way to control optical nonlinearity

Twistoptics—A new way to control optical nonlinearity

Twistoptics—A new way to control optical nonlinearity Nonlinear optics, a study of how light interacts with matter, is critical to many photonic applications, from the green laser pointers we’re all familiar with to intense broadband (white) light sources for quantum photonics that enable optical quantum …..

Latinos, Blacks less swayed by college-bound friends

Latinos, Blacks less swayed by college-bound friends

Latinos, Blacks less swayed by college-bound friends Close friends are important drivers of adolescent behavior, including college attendance, according to Steven Alvarado, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Latinos, Blacks less swayed by college-bound friends

Citizen science study captures 2.2M wildlife images in NC

Citizen science study captures 2.2M wildlife images in NC

Citizen science study captures 2.2M wildlife images in NC You didn’t need a Ph.D. to contribute to research into wildlife abundance and behavior in North Carolina, thanks to a large-scale citizen science project led by North Carolina State University researchers. Citizen science study captures 2.2M …..

Animal aggression depends on rank within social hierarchies

Animal aggression depends on rank within social hierarchies

Animal aggression depends on rank within social hierarchies Humans and animals alike constantly size up one another. In the workplace, a new employee quickly learns which coworkers are the most respected—and therefore hold more power. Big brothers boss around little brothers. In nature, a dominant …..

Want to cut emissions that cause climate change? Tax carbon

Want to cut emissions that cause climate change? Tax carbon

Want to cut emissions that cause climate change? Tax carbon Putting a price on producing carbon is the cheapest, most efficient policy change legislators can make to reduce emissions that cause climate change, new research suggests. Want to cut emissions that cause climate change? Tax …..

'PopDel' detects deletions in our genomes

'PopDel' detects deletions in our genomes

'PopDel' detects deletions in our genomes The human genome contains roughly three million letters and is distributed over 46 chromosomes. Yet the genetic variation from person to person is very small: the genome sequences of any two people differ from each other by about one …..

Terahertz waves from electrons oscillating in liquid water

Terahertz waves from electrons oscillating in liquid water

Terahertz waves from electrons oscillating in liquid water Ionization of water molecules by light generates free electrons in liquid water. After generation, the so-called solvated electron is formed, a localized electron surrounded by a shell of water molecules. In the ultrafast localization process, the electron …..

Rare diseases in the Bronze Age

Rare diseases in the Bronze Age

Rare diseases in the Bronze Age Rare diseases are a special field in medical-pharmaceutical research and treatment today. “Rare” means that no more than five in 10,000 people suffer from a particular disease. Patients affected by a rare disorder are often severely restricted, both physically …..

Albatrosses regularly fly to unprotected 'Wild West' areas

Albatrosses regularly fly to unprotected 'Wild West' areas

Albatrosses regularly fly to unprotected 'Wild West' areas A global effort by seabird researchers, including those from NIWA, has resulted in the first assessment of where the world’s most threatened seabirds spend their time. Albatrosses regularly fly to unprotected 'Wild West' areas

Advance in 'optical tweezers' to boost biomedical research

Advance in 'optical tweezers' to boost biomedical research

Advance in 'optical tweezers' to boost biomedical research Much like the Jedis in Star Wars use the Force to control objects from a distance, scientists can use light or optical force to move very small particles. The inventors of this ground-breaking laser technology, known as …..

Climate disasters prompt Australia's first platypus refuge

Climate disasters prompt Australia's first platypus refuge

Climate disasters prompt Australia's first platypus refuge The world’s first dedicated platypus refuge will be established to rescue the unique Australian animals from climate change-fuelled crises, as bushfires and drought increasingly threaten their habitat. Climate disasters prompt Australia's first platypus refuge

Australian teen dies after box jellyfish sting

Australian teen dies after box jellyfish sting

Australian teen dies after box jellyfish sting An Australian teenager has died after a suspected box jellyfish sting, authorities said Thursday, in a rare case believed to be the country’s first such death in 15 years. Australian teen dies after box jellyfish sting

Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights China said Thursday a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete its first permanent orbiting space station. Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air. SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest …..

Scientists complete first global survey of freshwater fluctuation

Scientists complete first global survey of freshwater fluctuation

Scientists complete first global survey of freshwater fluctuation To investigate humans’ impact on freshwater resources, scientists have now conducted the first global accounting of fluctuating water levels in Earth’s lakes and reservoirs—including ones previously too small to measure from space. Scientists complete first global survey …..

Study: Employment rose among those in free money experiment

Study: Employment rose among those in free money experiment

Study: Employment rose among those in free money experiment After getting $500 per month for two years without rules on how to spend it, 125 people in California paid off debt, got full-time jobs and had “statistically significant improvements” in emotional health, according to a …..

Source of hazardous high-energy particles located in the Sun

Source of hazardous high-energy particles located in the Sun

Source of hazardous high-energy particles located in the Sun The source of potentially hazardous solar particles, released from the Sun at high speed during storms in its outer atmosphere, has been located for the first time by researchers at UCL and George Mason University, Virginia, …..

Swiss statistical systems enhanced by big data

Swiss statistical systems enhanced by big data

Swiss statistical systems enhanced by big data A huge volume of digital data has been harvested, stored and shared in the last few years from sources such as social media, geolocation systems and aerial images from drones and satellites, giving researchers many new ways to …..

Periodontitis: Researchers search for a new active substance

Periodontitis: Researchers search for a new active substance

Periodontitis: Researchers search for a new active substance Targeted, efficient and with few side effects: A new method for combating periodontitis could render the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics superfluous. It was developed and tested for the first time by a team from Martin Luther University …..

Filming a 3-D video of a virus with 'instantaneous light' and AI

Filming a 3-D video of a virus with 'instantaneous light' and AI

Filming a 3-D video of a virus with 'instantaneous light' and AI It is millions of trillions of times brighter than sunlight and a whopping 1,000 trillionth of a second, appropriately called ‘instantaneous light’—the X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) light that opens a new scientific …..

Researchers discover SARS-CoV-2 inhibitors

Researchers discover SARS-CoV-2 inhibitors

Researchers discover SARS-CoV-2 inhibitors A research team of pharmacists at the University of Bonn has discovered two families of active substances that can block the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The drug candidates are able to switch off the the key enzyme of the virus, …..

Heat-free optical switch would enable optical quantum computing chips

Heat-free optical switch would enable optical quantum computing chips

Heat-free optical switch would enable optical quantum computing chips In a potential boost for quantum computing and communication, a European research collaboration reported a new method of controlling and manipulating single photons without generating heat. The solution makes it possible to integrate optical switches and …..

Taiwan prepares white rhino 'Emma' to find mate in Japan

Taiwan prepares white rhino 'Emma' to find mate in Japan

Taiwan prepares white rhino 'Emma' to find mate in Japan Emma, five years old, slim build with a gentle demeanour, is looking for love overseas. Hobbies include hanging with friends and studying Japanese. Seeks fellow rhino for companionship and mating. Taiwan prepares white rhino 'Emma' …..

Cambodia's Royal Turtle lays eggs in captivity for first time

Cambodia's Royal Turtle lays eggs in captivity for first time

Cambodia's Royal Turtle lays eggs in captivity for first time An endangered turtle bred in captivity laid eggs for the first time in Cambodia, conservationists said this week, in a massive win for animal protection in the kingdom. Cambodia's Royal Turtle lays eggs in captivity …..

A silver swining: 'Destructive' pigs help build rainforests

A silver swining: 'Destructive' pigs help build rainforests

A silver swining: 'Destructive' pigs help build rainforests Wild pigs are often maligned as ecosystem destroyers, but a University of Queensland study has found they also cultivate biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats. A silver swining: 'Destructive' pigs help build rainforests

Chickpea genetics reduce need for chemicals

Chickpea genetics reduce need for chemicals

Chickpea genetics reduce need for chemicals In recent years, hummus has become a pop culture food phenomenon, drawing praises from dieticians for the health benefits and chefs for the flavor. Chickpea genetics reduce need for chemicals

Do marketers matter for entrepreneurs?

Do marketers matter for entrepreneurs?

Do marketers matter for entrepreneurs? Researchers from the University of Texas, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, and London School of Economics published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines whether entrepreneurs in emerging markets can benefit from marketers’ help. Do …..

Study examines motives for dropping out of higher education

Study examines motives for dropping out of higher education

Study examines motives for dropping out of higher education Students have diverse reasons for dropping out of colleges and universities without obtaining a degree. A new study published in the European Journal of Education provides a detailed analysis of these reasons. Study examines motives for …..

Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators

Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators

Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators Many animals feign death to try to escape their predators, with some individuals in prey species remaining motionless, if in danger, for extended lengths of time. Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators

Quick-learning cuttlefish pass 'the marshmallow test'

Quick-learning cuttlefish pass 'the marshmallow test'

Quick-learning cuttlefish pass 'the marshmallow test' Much like the popular TikTok challenge where kids resist eating snacks, cuttlefish can do the same! Cuttlefish can delay gratification—wait for a better meal rather than be tempted by the one at hand—and those that can wait longest also …..

Scientists use forest color to gauge permafrost depth

Scientists use forest color to gauge permafrost depth

Scientists use forest color to gauge permafrost depth Scientists regularly use remote sensing drones and satellites to record how climate change affects permafrost thaw rates—methods that work well in barren tundra landscapes where there’s nothing to obstruct the view. Scientists use forest color to gauge …..

The expanding possibilities of bio-based polymers

The expanding possibilities of bio-based polymers

The expanding possibilities of bio-based polymers Finding innovative and sustainable solutions to our material needs is one of the core objectives of green chemistry. The myriad plastics that envelop our daily life—from mattresses to food and cars—are mostly made from oil-based monomers which are the …..

How the trap-jaw ant got its ultrafast bite

How the trap-jaw ant got its ultrafast bite

How the trap-jaw ant got its ultrafast bite Powerful and deadly, the bite of a trap-jaw ant is renowned throughout the animal kingdom. Unlike normal gripping jaws, which rely on muscles to open and close, the trap-jaw latches itself open, storing energy like a stretched …..

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in December compared with the same month of 2019, indicating the sharp drop seen due to the pandemic was short-lived. Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

Three possible futures for global climate scepticism

Three possible futures for global climate scepticism

Three possible futures for global climate scepticism Climate change skepticism has been present in politics for as long as climate change itself. Part of a wider outlook of environmental skepticism, it encompasses a range of views from outright denial that the world is warming through …..

Study highlights pitfalls associated with 'cybervetting' job candidates

Study highlights pitfalls associated with 'cybervetting' job candidates

Study highlights pitfalls associated with 'cybervetting' job candidates A recent study of how human resources professionals review online information and social media profiles of job candidates highlights the ways in which so-called ‘cybervetting’ can introduce bias and moral judgment into the hiring process. Study highlights …..

Backyard chickens risk pathogen spread

Backyard chickens risk pathogen spread

Backyard chickens risk pathogen spread Keeping backyard chickens was already on the rise, and the hobby has become even more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, a University of Georgia researcher cautions that the practice has risks not just for chickens, but for wildlife and …..

Flexible 'slinkies' form in DNA of archaea

Flexible 'slinkies' form in DNA of archaea

Flexible 'slinkies' form in DNA of archaea New cryo-electron microscopy images suggest archaeal microbes pack their chromatin into tight coils that can spring open, forming unexpected contortions. Flexible 'slinkies' form in DNA of archaea

Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals

Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals

Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals It is still unclear how the Neanderthals died out. For long, one theory seemed most likely: the emergence of the highly intelligent Homo sapiens, or modern humans. This competition hypothesis is no longer the dominant theory among …..

‘Green’ burials are slowly gaining ground among environmentalists

‘Green’ burials are slowly gaining ground among environmentalists

‘Green’ burials are slowly gaining ground among environmentalists Despite “green” burials becoming increasingly available in North America, some older eco-conscious adults remain unaware of the option when planning for their deaths, a small study hints. Green burials do not use concrete vaults, embalm bodies or …..

Uncovering patterns in California's blazing wildfires

Uncovering patterns in California's blazing wildfires

Uncovering patterns in California's blazing wildfires California’s 2020 wildfire season was unprecedented, the latest tragedy in a decades-long trend of increasing fire. Six of the 20 largest fires in state history burned during the calendar year. In August, a 14,000-strike “lightning siege” sparked 900 fires, …..