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  • Study gives animal testing alternatives a confidence boost 18.05.2022
    As part of a government effort to reduce animal testing, researchers have worked to produce a new protocol for screening skin allergens. The method is potentially cheaper and faster than animal testing, while maintaining a similar performance.
  • Motivation for sports and school go hand in hand for adolescent athletes 17.05.2022
    Adolescent athletes with high motivation for school also have high motivation for sports. Male students tend to be less interested in school than their female peers, a new study shows.
  • Improved wind forecasts save consumers millions in energy costs 17.05.2022
    Scientists determined that by increasing the accuracy of weather forecasts over the last decade, consumers netted at least $384 million in energy savings. The researchers based their predictions on NOAA's High Resolution Rapid Refresh model, which provides daily weather forecasts for every part of the U.S. These include wind speed and direction data, which utilities […]
  • The numbers don't lie: Australia is failing at maths and we need to find a new formula to arrest the decline 17.05.2022
    Australia has suffered a significant drop in teenage maths proficiency in the past 20 years -- sliding from 11th in the OECD rankings to 29th place out of 38 countries, prompting widespread debate over potential curriculum changes. One researcher says hand gestures could stop the slide.
  • Policymakers underestimate methane's climate and air quality impacts 16.05.2022
    Methane emissions have been increasing rapidly in recent years, contributing significantly to global warming. Despite this, methane is not adequately treated within existing national and international governance frameworks. Researchers now highlight the urgent need for action in a new study.
  • Deaths from alcohol use disorder surged during pandemic, study finds 16.05.2022
    Deaths involving alcohol use disorder increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new study. The study also found that young adults 25 to 44 years old experienced the steepest upward trend in alcohol use disorder mortality.
  • From degrowth to a sustainable food system transformation 16.05.2022
    Proponents of degrowth have long argued that economic growth is detrimental to the environment. Now, scientists show that concerning the food sector, curbing growth alone would not make our food system sustainable -- but changing what we eat and putting a price on carbon would.
  • Ethical challenges in microbiome research 16.05.2022
    A human rights activist and a group of anthropologists and human biologists are casting a critical lens on the way that microbiome research is conducted with Indigenous peoples.
  • The role of variability: From playing tennis to learning language 13.05.2022
    The effect of variability on learning is recognized in many fields: learning is harder when input is variable, but variability leads to better generalization of the knowledge we learned. In this review, researchers bring together over 150 studies on variability across domains, including language acquisition, motor learning, visual perception, face recognition and education, shedding light […]
  • Disparities in natural gas leak prevalence in U.S. urban areas 12.05.2022
    A new study reveals that in U.S. cities over a several-year period, natural gas pipeline leaks were more prevalent in neighborhoods with low-income or majority non-white populations than those with high income or predominately white populations.
  • The deadly impact of urban streets that look like highways 12.05.2022
    Serious auto crashes in urban areas are more likely on city streets that look to drivers like highways, new research suggests. The study used a novel approach: researchers applied machine learning techniques to analyze more than 240,000 images of road segments in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Global food trade research upends assumptions about how biodiversity fares 12.05.2022
    Researchers have come to a surprising new understanding of the complexities of the global food trade and the impacts of biodiversity hotspots.
  • Slow walking may be to blame for perceived congestion in pedestrian areas 12.05.2022
    When designing public spaces or other places where foot traffic is considered, planners and architects need to know how people perceive the spaces in question. It is commonly believed that a space will feel more congested if the crowd density is higher. However, new research suggests that walking speed of individuals actually plays a greater […]
  • Copying others to dare 11.05.2022
    Learning from others can mitigate harmful risk aversion, even if the others we learn from tend to avoid risky, but profitable decisions themselves. This is shown in mathematical modelling and large-scale online experiments by social psychologists.
  • Effects of stress on adolescent brain's 'triple network' 11.05.2022
    Stress and trauma during adolescence can lead to long-term health consequences such as psychiatric disorders, which may arise from neurodevelopmental effects on brain circuitry. A new study has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the effects of acute stress and 'polyvicitimization,' or repeated traumas, on three brain networks in adolescents.
  • Rising income inequality linked to Americans' declining health 11.05.2022
    Rising levels of income inequality in the United States may be one reason that the health of Americans has been declining in recent decades, new research suggests.
  • New research pinpoints 'blue corridors' for highly migratory fish 09.05.2022
    New research has pinpointed four high-traffic areas in the Pacific Ocean that should be considered of high priority if conservation efforts focused on large pelagic fishes such as tuna, blue marlin and swordfish are to be successful.
  • Shipping poses significant threat to the endangered whale shark 09.05.2022
    New research indicates that lethal collisions of whale sharks with large ships are vastly underestimated, and could be the reason why populations are falling.
  • Almost 1 in 4 physicians experience workplace mistreatment, mostly from patients and visitors, study finds 09.05.2022
    A new study finds that almost a quarter of physicians who responded to a survey at Stanford Medicine experienced workplace mistreatment, with patients and visitors being the most common source.
  • Why science doesn't help sell chocolate chip cookies 09.05.2022
    People don't want science anywhere near their delicious chocolate chip cookies. But they're happy to have science create body wash that fights odor-causing bacteria.