Category: Science

Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans

Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans

A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells. …read more

A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world

A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world

A recent study explores the ways parasitism will respond to climate change, providing researchers new insights into disease transmission. …read more

Paid sick leave mandates hold promise in containing COVID-19

Paid sick leave mandates hold promise in containing COVID-19

Mandates like those found in the federal government’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act may be helping to slow the pandemic. …read more

Older men worry less than others about COVID-19

Older men worry less than others about COVID-19

Older men may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they worry less about catching or dying from it, according to a new study. …read more

Using brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism

Using brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism

A new study shows the differences in visual motion perception in autism spectrum disorder are accompanied by weaker neural suppression in the visual cortex of the brain. …read more

Using electrical stimulus to regulate genes

Using electrical stimulus to regulate genes

A team of researchers has succeeded in using an electric current to directly control gene expression for the first time. Their work provides the basis for medical implants that can be switched on and off using electronic devices outside the body. …read more

Global environmental changes leading to shorter, younger trees

Global environmental changes leading to shorter, younger trees

Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees. Researchers found that a range of factors, including rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, have caused a dramatic decrease in the age and stature of forests. …read more

New ‘whirling’ state of matter discovered in an element of the periodic table

New ‘whirling’ state of matter discovered in an element of the periodic table

The strongest permanent magnets today contain a mix of the elements neodymium and iron. However, neodymium on its own does not behave like any known magnet, confounding researchers for more than half a century. Physicists have now shown that neodymium behaves like a so-called ‘self-induced spin glass,’ meaning that it is composed of a rippled sea of many tiny whirling magnets circulating at different speeds and constantly evolving over time. …read more

In planet formation, it’s location, location, location

In planet formation, it’s location, location, location

Astronomers are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded star cluster Westerlund 2. Located 20,000 light-years away, Westerlund 2 is a unique laboratory to study stellar evolutionary processes because it’s relatively nearby, quite young, and contains a large stellar population. …read more

CBD improves arthritis symptoms in dogs

CBD improves arthritis symptoms in dogs

This study shows that in dogs diagnosed with arthritis, CBD treatment significantly improved quality of life as documented by both owner and veterinarian assessments. …read more