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Leap Years Go Back To The Ancient Romans
Ancient societies began to record what we know today as leap years, according to Charles Barlett. Leap years, the occasional phenomena when we add an extra day to our calendars, have always piqued human curiosity. Though it can be fun to joke with th
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Will Russia Benefit From Climate Change?
New research examines the effect of climate change on Russia and the country’s role in addressing global environmental challenges “There’s a narrative out there about climate change that says there are winners and losers. Even if most of the planet m
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Did Cosmic Dust Kickstart Life On Earth?
Researchers believe it is likely that elements needed for life mostly arrived on Earth in the form of cosmic dust. Before life existed on Earth, there had to be chemistry to form organic molecules from the chemical elements nitrogen, sulphur, carbon,
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Condom Use Is Down, But Inclusive Sex Ed Could Help
Condom use has been trending downward among younger gay and bisexual men over the last decade, even when they aren’t taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a new study shows. The study, published in AIDS and Behavior, measures changes in sex witho
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More Mental Health Services Could Keep People Out Of Prison
Improving access to community-based mental health and substance use disorder services could keep more people out of jail and save counties money, a new study finds. As reported in the journal Psychiatric Services, the researchers identified 59 recomm
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Red Meat Cuts Can Benefit The Climate And Your Lifespan
Researchers have found evidence that partially replacing red and processed meat with plant protein foods can increase lifespan and mitigate climate change. Importantly, the new study also suggests that benefits depend on the type of animal protein be
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Kidney Disease Discovery Could Lead To New Therapies For African Americans
New research details how two common gene variants among African Americans can cause kidney failure. The finding could help reduce the racial disparity in kidney disease and point to new treatment approaches and advance investigational therapies that
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Your Gas Stove May Emit More Nanoparticles Than Car Exhaust
Cooking on your gas stove can emit more nano-sized particles into the air than vehicles that run on gas or diesel, according to a new study. That can possibly increase your risk of developing asthma or other respiratory illnesses, researchers report.
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What You Should Know About The Alabama IVF Ruling
Alabama’s ruling that frozen embryos are children could set the stage for a national fetal personhood law. But restricting in vitro fertilization is unpopular among lawmakers and the general public, says Ruth Faden. On February 16, the Alabama Suprem
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Team Fills In Gap In How Plants Fight Pathogen Attacks
New research digs into what happens when plants face attack. When pathogens attack plants, the plant cells almost immediately react. The plant’s cells begin to produce different kinds of small molecules called secondary messengers. These messengers t
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Gulf Of Mexico Seagrass Is Retreating As Sea Levels Rise
A new study links rising sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico to a loss of valuable seagrass habitats in Texas. The Gulf of Mexico is experiencing sea level rise two to three times as fast as the global average. due to a combination of warmer waters and
Futurity3 min readIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
Social Media Users Struggle To Spot Political AI Bots
Social media users struggle to identify AI bots during political discourse, researchers report. Artificial intelligence bots have already permeated social media. But can users tell who is human and who is not? Researchers at the University of Notre D
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Your Kids’ Headphone Use Could Be A Problem
Elementary and middle school-aged kids are commonly exposed to noise exposure, with two in three parents saying their child ages 5-12 uses personal audio devices, according to a new poll. Among parents whose children use headphones and earbuds, half
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ChatGPT Shows More Altruism And Cooperation Than People
In a new study, researchers used “behavioral” Turing tests—which test a machine’s ability to exhibit human-like responses and intelligence—to evaluate the personality and behavior of a series of AI chatbots. The tests involved ChatGPT answering psych
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How Snakes Became ‘Evolutionary Winners’
New research digs into how snakes hit the evolutionary jackpot. More than 100 million years ago, the ancestors of the first snakes were small lizards that lived alongside other small, nondescript lizards in the shadow of the dinosaurs. Then, in a bur
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Bug Vision Findings Could Shed Light On Retina Diseases
A new study shows similarities and differences in human and insect vision formation. The researchers at the University of California, Irvine discovered profound similarities and surprising differences between humans and insects in the production of t
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Sex And Gender In Biology Textbooks Don’t Mesh With Science
A study of how biology textbooks in the US instruct students about sex and gender finds that these concepts are frequently described in ways that are at odds with scientific research. The teaching of science has long generated controversy in the Unit
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Nanomaterial For Retina Implant Could Help Restore Sight
A new nanomaterial for retinal implants could someday help restore sight for millions, researchers report. Retinitis pigmentosa is a thief, gradually stealing the eyesight of an estimated two million people around the world. Currently, there are no e
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Prairie Voles Show How Sex And Intimacy Rewire The Brain
How does sex relate to lasting love? To answer that question, scientists have long studied a small Midwestern rodent called the prairie vole, one of the few mammals known to form long-term, monogamous relationships. A team of researchers including St
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Accident Leads To Basis For New Antibiotics To Kill Resistant Bacteria
Researchers have developed molecules for a new class of antibiotics that can overcome drug resistant bacteria. About a decade ago, researchers in University of California, Santa Barbara chemistry professor Guillermo Bazan’s lab began to observe a rec
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Why Shaming Countries For Human Rights Abuses Can Backfire
On this episode of the Big Brain podcast, a scholar examines the geopolitical impacts of confronting human rights violations. How do you stop a government from continuing to commit human rights abuses? You could take them to an international court of
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test Could Replace Spinal Taps And Brain Scans
A simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may soon replace more invasive and expensive screening methods such as spinal taps and brain scans, a new study shows. The findings show that a blood test can be as good at detecting molecular signs
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2-step Method For HIV Treatments Could Boost Quality Of Life
A new way to optimize HIV treatments balances suppression of the virus with a strategy to reduce side effects. It could ultimately improve the quality of life for people undergoing treatment. To overcome quality-of-life altering side effects linked t
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Common Brain Tumor Is Genetically Alike In Dogs And People
The most common type of brain tumor in humans and dogs—called meningiomas—are extremely similar genetically, a new study finds. These newly discovered similarities will allow doctors to use a classification system that identifies aggressive tumors in
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To Cut Heart Failure Risk, Women Don’t Need 10,000 Steps A Day
How much physical activity is beneficial for the hearts of people over 60? A new study has an answer. And it’s not 10,000 steps per day. The study in JAMA Cardiology of nearly 6,000 US women aged 63-99 reports that, on average, 3,600 steps per day at
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Black Hole Caught ‘Flipping Table’ While Chowing Down
Black holes spill food all the time, but researchers using the European Space Agency’s X-ray telescope XMM-Newton have caught a black hole in the act of “flipping over the table” during an otherwise civilized meal. This act prevents the galaxy surrou
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What’s Next After The Death Of Russian Opposition Leader Navalny?
Many questions remain in the aftermath of the suspicious death of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. An outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the 47-year-old regime critic died on February 16 in a remote penal colony in the Arct
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Pollution Messes Up How Pollinators Sniff Out Flowers
Researchers have discovered a major cause for a drop in nighttime pollinator activity—and people are largely to blame. The researchers found that nitrate radicals (NO3) in the air degrade the scent chemicals released by a common wildflower, drastical
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Beta Waves In The Brain Can Predict Stuttering In Advance
Researchers have discovered that brain waves related to stopping body movements can predict stuttering. Beta waves are brain waves associated with thought, actions, and reactions; for example, beta waves affect how you would react to a cyclist speedi
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American Voters Really Are As Divided As It Seems
A new study of American voters shows that while response rates to political surveys are on the decline, people are more polarized than ever. Evidence of political polarization in the US largely comes from a single source, the American National Electi
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