Futurity5 min readCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Would Cell-based Seafood Actually Benefit Conservation?
A good, hard look at what it would take for alternative, cell-based seafood to deliver conservation benefits reveals nine distinct steps. Meat alternatives are officially mainstream. To wit, Burger King added the plant-based Impossible Burger to its
Futurity2 min readBiology
Phone Device Flags COVID-19 In Less Than An Hour
With the help of programmed magnetic nanobeads, a diagnostic tool that plugs into an off-the-shelf phone can diagnose COVID-19 in 55 minutes or less. The stamp-sized microfluidic chip measures the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid (N) protein
Futurity2 min readPhysics
Star’s Destruction Reveals Elusive High-energy Neutrino
Researchers have detected the presence of a high-energy neutrino—a particularly elusive particle—in the wake of a star’s destruction as a black hole consumed it. This discovery, reported in the journal Nature Astronomy, sheds new light on the origins
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Air Pollution Puts Kids At Higher Risk Of Disease In Adulthood
Children exposed to air pollution, such as wildfire smoke and car exhaust, for as little as one day may be doomed to higher rates of heart disease and other ailments in adulthood, according to a new Stanford-led study. The analysis, published in Natu
Futurity2 min readBiology
Fossils Hint Earliest Primates Lived With Dinosaurs
Researchers have discovered the earliest-known fossil evidence of primates. The researchers analyzed several fossils of Purgatorius, the oldest genus in a group of the earliest-known primates called plesiadapiforms. These ancient mammals were small-b
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Fewer Than 366 North Atlantic Right Whales Are Left On Earth
Fewer than 366 surviving North Atlantic right whales remain on Earth as extinction pressures mount on the critically endangered species, according to a new study. Climate change, vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, and underwater noise pol
Futurity3 min readBiology
Disgust May Protect Us From Pathogens
Disgust could be the body’s way of helping people avoid infection, research suggests. Examples might include your stomach turning at the smell of spoiled food or the sight of feces. The new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Futurity3 min readMedical
Survey: COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Has Fallen Worldwide
Even as tens of millions of doses have been administered around the world, the percentage of people globally who say they will get a COVID-19 vaccine has fallen in recent weeks, new survey data suggests. Researchers have been collecting and dissemina
Futurity3 min readBiology
Tiny Bone Chunk Hints At How Dogs Got To The Americas
An ancient bone fragment holds clues to how dogs got to the Americas, researchers report. The research reports that a bone fragment found in Southeast Alaska belongs to a dog that lived in the region about 10,150 years ago. Scientists say the remains
Futurity2 min readNature
Coral Reef Soundscapes Rebounded After Hurricane Irma
Soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as hurricanes, according to a new study. The study also demonstrates that non-invasive monitoring is an important tool in shedding further light on these key eco
Futurity1 min readPsychology
Is Your COVID Stress Eating Actually A Disorder?
In times of stress—like a full year of coping with COVID-19—many people turn to food for a source of comfort or control. While modifications to typical diets are to be expected, living in a state of tension can cause a resurgence of disordered eating
Futurity2 min readBiology
Kittens Hold Clues To Deadly Diarrhea In Children
Kittens could be a model for understanding infectious, sometimes deadly, diarrheal disease in both animals and kids, according to new research. Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) bacteria cause lethal diarrheal disease in children worldwide, killin
Futurity4 min readBiology
There’s A Right Amount Of Flux For Kelp Forest Ecosystems
A new mathematical model describes the effects of severe storms on kelp forest ecosystems, particularly the seafloor, or benthic, communities. Walk along the beach after a winter storm and you’ll see a shore littered with wracks of giant kelp, some 3
Futurity3 min readMedical
Preterm Babies May Struggle With School Later
Babies who are born early are likely to face educational and behavioral setbacks as they go from kindergarten through high school, according to new research. A full-term birth is typically between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy, but births between 32 a
Futurity2 min readBiology
Breast Milk Offers Different Bacteria Over Time
The mix of beneficial bacteria passed from passed via breast milk changes significantly over time, report researchers. This bacterial cocktail could act like a daily booster shot for infant immunity and metabolism. The research, published in Frontier
Futurity1 min readPolitical Ideologies
Are Women More Likely To Keep Campaign Promises?
Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises, according to new research. The study also shows that promises are even more likely to be kept when women in government assume leadership roles. The study e
Futurity3 min readScience & Mathematics
‘The Swirl’ Could Pave Way For Liquids That Move On Their Own
New research sheds light on self-propelling or self-mixing liquids. Guillaume Duclos, assistant professor of physics at Brandeis University, calls it the “swirl.” It’s made up of two types of cellular proteins—kinesin and microtubules—interacting to
Futurity2 min readPsychology
Teacher Bond May Especially Help Homeless Preschoolers
A new study finds a strong correlation between the bonds homeless preschoolers form with teachers and their risk of behavioral and emotional problems. “It’s well established that children who are homeless are at higher risk of a wide variety of negat
Futurity3 min readBiology
Sleep May Be How The Brain Ties Emotions To Memory
When you slip into sleep, it’s easy to imagine that your brain shuts down, but new research in mice suggests that groups of neurons activated during prior learning keep humming, tattooing memories into your brain. Researchers have been studying how m
Futurity4 min readPhysics
Did The Solar System’s Planets Form In 2 Waves?
A new theory that may explain why the inner solar system is so different to the outer regions runs counter to the prevailing wisdom. Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars in the inner solar system are relatively small, dry planets, unlike Jupiter, Saturn,
Futurity2 min readPsychology
Do First Dates Offer Accurate First Impressions?
It may be more difficult to get an accurate first impression of someone on a first date than in a casual setting, research finds. We can generally rely on first-date impressions, though, the research shows. While previous studies have shown that peop
Futurity2 min readBiology
Energy Drinks Can Be Really Bad For Heart Cells
Some energy drinks have adverse effects on the muscle cells of the heart, a new study shows. As reported in Food and Chemical Toxicology, cardiomyocytes—human heart cells grown in a laboratory—exposed to some energy drinks showed an increased beat ra
Futurity3 min readBiology
Method Sculpts Bone Replicas In A Petri Dish
Researchers report creating the exact replica of a bone using their system that pairs biothermal imaging with a heated “nano-chisel.” This method opens up unprecedented possibilities for pioneering new stem cell studies and biomedical applications. A
Futurity2 min readNature
How Rocks On Earth Rusted And Turned Red
A new discovery about how rocks on Earth turned red could help answer questions about the Late Triassic climate more than 200 million years ago. Greenhouse gas levels at that time were high enough to be a model for what Earth may look like in the fut
Futurity2 min readBiology
Spitting Cobra Venom Evolved As An Extra Painful Defense
Venom from spitting cobras has evolved to cause predators extreme pain as a form of self-defense, rather than for capturing prey, according to new research. An international team including scientists from the University of Queensland, made the discov
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Listen: What Is The Origin Of Life?
For Nobel laureate Jack Szostak, the biggest question in science today is fundamental: What is the origin of life? Szostak, a professor of genetics at Harvard University, has dedicated his lab to piecing together the complex puzzle of life’s origins
Futurity2 min readMedical
Repeat COVID-19 Testing Could Save Lives And Money
A new analysis shows the value of having all people in the US tested on a regular, rotating basis to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the loss of life from COVID-19. With the introduction of accurate and inexpensive rapid tests, researche
Futurity4 min readPsychology
Light Decodes What A Person Sees From Brain Signals
Researchers have used light to decode brain signals and identify what image a person sees. Some people are trapped within their own minds, able to think and feel but unable to express themselves because brain injury or disease has damaged their lines
Futurity2 min readPsychology
Feelings Make People Pass Up Perfectly Tasty Brown Fruit
Emotions play an an oversized role in our shopping decisions, according to a new study. This is what makes most people skip the bananas with brown spots in favor of perfectly yellow ones. “We choose food based upon an expectation of what it will tast
Futurity3 min readMedical
Offering Long-lasting Contraception After Birth Pays Off
Providing people who have recently given birth access to long-acting reversible methods of contraception could help prevent them from unintentionally getting pregnant in the following months, research finds. The study—which analyzes the effects of a
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