Honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of honey bees and native bees around the world.
Climate kills ancient Antarctic moss
A team led by scientists have created a much cheaper and environmentally friendly way of turning solar energy into clean fuels like hydrogen. Researchers described how they developed tiny nanocrystals as highly efficient catalysts to generate solar energy for the production of clean fuels.
'Messy' New Species of Dinosaur-Era Bird Discovered
Racism Can Affect Your Mental Health From As Early As Childhood. The study, which researchers say is the first meta-analysis to look into racism's effects on adolescents (as opposed to adults), examined 214 peer-reviewed articles examining over 91,000 adolescents between the ages of 10 and 20.
Study finds the more an individual strongly believes in the gender binary - that there are only 2 sexes and those 2 sexes always create 2 genders - the more threatening transgender individuals (especially those who ‘pass’) are to that individual’s own personal identity as either a man or a woman.
An ancient retrovirus (HK2) is more frequently found in drug addicts and thus is significantly associated with addiction. People with well-defined addictive behaviour are 2 to 3 times more likely to have the integration of HK2 within a gene involved in regulating dopaminergic activity in the brain.
Smoking increases risk of dementia
Scientists were able to crash caged populations of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae in only 7-11 generations. This is the first time experiments have been able to completely block the reproductive capacity of a complex organism in the laboratory using a designer molecular approach
DNA implanted in the “dark parts” of the human genome by ancient virus infections may help to explain why some people are more susceptible to drug addiction, a study suggests. Among the general population between 5 and 10 per cent of people carry the HK2 fragment in this reward centre region
The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins. Phobos' composition may be more like the volcanic crust of the Red Planet than it appears, consistent with an origin for the moon in an ancient, violent impact on Mars.
Researchers has developed a biological toolkit of proteins that can be assembled together in different ways, like Legos, to program new behaviors in cells. They built a circuit that can be added to human cells, detect if a cancer-causing gene is activated and if so, cause the cells to self-destruct
Study finds mitochondrial gene that protects against dementia and other diseases of aging. Research uncovered an unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Findings provide insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented.
Japan's hopping space rovers land on asteroid
Nature study on the country-level costs of carbon: The U.S. will be hit second hardest of all the countries of the world by the economic impacts of climate change (bearing the burden of 11% of all economic damage from global warming). India (worst hit), China and Saudi Arabia will be badly hit.
Programmable protein circuits in living cells
People can handle the truth more than you think, suggests a new study. Most people value the moral principle of honesty. At the same time, they frequently avoid being honest with people in their everyday lives. New research suggests people can often afford to be more honest than they think.
Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were more likely to use more than one substance, alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes, compared with heterosexual youth. Findings suggest that health care providers should also do assessments for substance use as part of regular health screenings.
Researchers teach computers to see optical illusions
A head-to-head trial comparing decades-old steroid, prednisone, and new steroid, vamorolone, finds both act on same pathways involved in controlling inflammation, but vamorolone doesn’t activate pathways involved in prednisone’s undesirable side effects, making it a candidate for long-term use.
Brains of people at risk of psychosis exhibit a pattern that can help predict whether they will go on to develop full-fledged schizophrenia, a new Yale-led study shows. The findings could help doctors begin early intervention therapies for those most likely to develop the disabling disorder.
The increasing effect of racial resentment on political ideology among whites. The role of racial resentment in the formation of political ideology (1) has been a consistently significant factor in US politics for 30 years and (2) was increasing in importance prior to the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Commitment to democratic values (belief in free elections, freedom of speech, religion, press, and lack of Internet censorship) is strongest predictor of climate change concern, except in English-speaking Western democracies like US where party identification matters more, finds study of 36 nations.