Category: Science

World’s protected areas need more than a ‘do not disturb’ sign

World’s protected areas need more than a ‘do not disturb’ sign

More than 4 million square kilometers have been designated as protected areas globally in the past decade, without documentation of how effective such areas across the globe are at protecting. …read more

Stellar feedback and an airborne observatory; scientists determine a nebula younger than believed

Stellar feedback and an airborne observatory; scientists determine a nebula younger than believed

Researchers studied RCW 120 to analyze the effects of stellar feedback, and found that RCW 120 must be less than 150,000 years old, which is very young for such a nebula. …read more

Unlocking richer intracellular recordings

Unlocking richer intracellular recordings

A forward-thinking group of researchers has identified a flexible, low-cost, and biocompatible platform for enabling richer intracellular recordings. …read more

Engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps

Engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps

Slow down. Baby on board. Future baby on board. New research determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses. …read more

Joyful screams perceived more strongly than screams of fear or anger

Joyful screams perceived more strongly than screams of fear or anger

The human scream signals more than fear of imminent danger or entanglement in social conflicts. Screaming can also express joy or excitement. For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that non-alarming screams are even perceived and processed by the brain more efficiently than their alarming counterparts. …read more

Road salts and other human sources are threatening world’s freshwater supplies

Road salts and other human sources are threatening world’s freshwater supplies

When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety, but a new study warns that introducing salt into the environment — for de-icing roads, fertilizing farmland or other purposes — releases toxic chemical cocktails that create a serious and growing global threat to our freshwater supply and human health. …read more

Spanking may affect the brain development of a child

Spanking may affect the brain development of a child

A new study linking spanking and child brain development shows spanking could alter a child’s neural responses to their environment, in similar ways to a child experiencing more severe violence. …read more

Unusual fossil reveals last meal of prehistoric pollinator

Unusual fossil reveals last meal of prehistoric pollinator

An amber fossil of a Cretaceous beetle has shed some light on the diet of one of the earliest pollinators of flowering plants. …read more

A multidimensional view of the coronavirus

A multidimensional view of the coronavirus

What exactly happens when the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infects a cell? New research paints a comprehensive picture of the viral infection process. …read more

Unsettling currents: Warm water flowing beneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Unsettling currents: Warm water flowing beneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Researchers have been able to obtain data from underneath Thwaites Glacier, also known as the ‘Doomsday Glacier’. They find that the supply of warm water to the glacier is larger than previously thought, triggering concerns of faster melting and accelerating ice flow. …read more