Category Archives: Case Studies

Collapse of European ice sheet caused chaos in the past

European ice

Summary:Scientists have reconstructed in detail the collapse of the Eurasian ice sheet at the end of the last ice age. The big melt wreaked havoc across the European continent, driving home the original Brexit 10,000 years ago.

The Eurasian ice sheet was an enormous conveyor of ice that covered most of northern Europe some 23,000 years ago. Its extent was such… Read More

India | Must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new Smart Cities to be sustainable

India must rethink infrastructure

Summary:Plans to create 100 new ‘smart’ cities in India to support the country’s rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study.

Plans to create 100 new ‘smart’… Read More

Predicting future outcomes in the Natural World

natural world

Summary:When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option, say researchers.

When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option.

Melaleuca, an invasive, woody tree native to Australia, was introduced

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Video Games | Stress coping mechanism for active military & veterans

Video games

Summary:While most research on the topic focuses on gaming’s role in clinical settings, new research seeks to understand how everyday gameplay can provide military and veterans self-directed coping strategies to manage their physical and psychological stressors.

Growing up in a military family, Jaime Banks is accustomed to the transient yet structured… Read More

Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies

Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies-indianbureaucracy

Summary:Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study suggests

Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study from the University of Waterloo suggests.

The study, which used computer modeling

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Okay for children to count on their fingers ?

Okay for children

Summary:Is it OK for children to count on their fingers? Generations of pupils have been discouraged by their teachers from using their hands when learning maths. But a new research article shows using fingers may be a much more important part of maths learning than previously thought.

Is it OK for children to count on their fingers? Generations of pupils have… Read More

Coming soon to Europe | Tropical viruses

Coming soon

Summary:The mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya is usually found in tropical areas. Researchers have now discovered how climate change is facilitating the spread of the Chikungunya virus. Even if climate change only progresses moderately – as scientists are currently observing – the risk of infection will continue to increase in many regions… Read More

Following a friend in a car leads to unsafe driving behavior

Following a friend

Summary:A new study inspired by a court case involving a driver seriously hurt in an accident when following another car to a destination, provides evidence to show that the car behind makes risky driving maneuvers. Driving faster, more erratically, closer to the car in front and jumping traffic lights are all blamed on a fear of getting lost. Drivers are advised… Read More

UK rainfall in winter 2013-14 caused by tropics, stratosphere & climate warming

Record UK rainfall

Summary:New research has revealed the causes of the UK’s record rainfall and subsequent flooding during the 2013-14 winter. Using carefully tailored atmosphere/ocean model experiments, the research team found that a combination of unusual tropical conditions, the stratospheric polar vortex, and climate warming were behind the extreme rainfall,… Read More

Regular brisk walks & a daily longer one help lower office workers’ blood lipids

Regular brisk walks

Summary:Taking 2-minute brisk walks every 30 minutes and a half-hour walk each day reduces blood lipid levels when measured in response to a meal consumed around 24 hours after starting the activity, research shows for the first time.

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also… Read More

Readily available drug cocktail can help prevent sepsis shock and death

Readily available drug

Summary:Even in advanced medical settings, sepsis is still very dangerous and accounts for over 400,000 deaths annually in the US alone. While new drugs are in development, a group of researchers has determined that a combination of intravenous vitamin C, corticosteroids (a steroid), and thiamine (vitamin B) may be effective in preventing progressive … Read More

Predicting future outcomes in the natural world not so far away

Predicting future

Summary:When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option, say researchers.

When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option.

Melaleuca, an invasive, woody tree native to Australia, was introduced

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