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Media coverage of disasters | May have lasting effects on children’s mental health

Media coverage of disasters can have lasting effects on children's mental health

Summary:Disaster communication experts say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children’s mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and after a catastrophe.

In 2018, American children have been exposed to multiple disasters — ravaging wildfires in California, to major Hurricanes… Read More

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming | Ocean animals gasping for breath

Biggest mass extinction

Summary:By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe. As temperatures rose and the metabolism of marine animals sped up, the warmer waters could not hold enough oxygen for their survival.

The largest extinction… Read More

Chemistry really matters in team sports says study

In team sports, chemistry matters

Summary:Researchers analyzed game statistics across major sports and online games, revealing that past shared success among teammates improves their team’s odds of winning future games.

When Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh signed with the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Miami Heat in 2010 as free agents, basketball fans… Read More

Social marketing campaigns could help threatened wildlife species recover

Social marketing campaigns can help

Summary:Encouraging people to change their behavior through social marketing campaigns can help the recovery of threatened wildlife populations.

Encouraging people to change their behavior through social marketing campaigns can help the recovery of threatened wildlife populations.

New research shows that social marketing campaigns play an important

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Converting wet biological waste to diesel-compatible fuel

Team converts wet biological waste

Summary:In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel’s combustion efficiency and emissions profile.

In a step toward producing… Read More

Getting closer to fusion energy

A step closer to fusion energy

Summary:Harnessing nuclear fusion is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types of imaging can help them assess the safety and reliability of parts used in a fusion energy device.

Harnessing nuclear fusion, which powers the sun and stars, to help meet earth’s energy needs, is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types… Read More

Human environmental effects do favor cosmopolitan species over the local iconic species

Human environmental

Summary:Human habitat modification is favoring the same species everywhere, while unique species are disappearing, finds a new study.

Human habitat modification is favouring the same species everywhere, while unique species are disappearing, finds a study publishing on December 4 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, led by Tim Newbold at University… Read More

New attack can actually make website security captchas obsolete

New attack could make website security captchas obsolete

Summary:Researchers have created new artificial intelligence that could spell the end for one of the most widely used website security systems. The new algorithm, based on deep learning methods, is the most effective solver of captcha security and authentication systems to date and is able to defeat versions of text captcha schemes used to defend the majority… Read More

Green space neighborhoods may mean less heart disease

Neighborhoods with more green space may mean less heart disease

Summary:People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have better blood vessel health and lower levels of stress, and a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and others.

People who live in leafy, green neighborhoods may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and strokes, according to new research published… Read More

Friend or foe | Brain area that controls social memory also triggers aggression

Brain area that controls social memory also triggers aggression

Summary:Scientists have identified a brain region that helps tell an animal when to attack an intruder and when to accept it into its home.

Columbia scientists have identified a brain region that helps tell an animal when to attack an intruder and when to accept it into its home. This brain area, called CA2, is part of the hippocampus, a larger brain structure … Read More

Global carbon dioxide emissions rise | Even as coal goes down and renewables boom

Global carbon dioxide emissions

Summary:Renewable energy capacity has hit record levels and global coal use may have already peaked. But the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels increased in 2018, and the trend places global warming targets in jeopardy.

Global fossil fuel emissions are on track to rise for a second year in a row, primarily due to growing energy use, according… Read More