Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 It could be a bad flu season this year — and for a couple of years to come — in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn. These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more than 60% within the first 10 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns were implemented in 2020, Columbia University researchers found. That’s because face masks, hand washing and maintaining your distance work as well at preventing influenza infections as they do to stop the spread

‘Feel Good’ Hormone Won’t Help Ease Kids’ Autism, Study Finds

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the “love” hormone oxytocin. Researchers called the findings disappointing. But they said the study also offers important information: Some parents of children with autism are already using oxytocin nasal sprays in the hopes of supporting their children’s social development. That hope was spurred by positive findings in some small studies testing synthetic versions of oxytocin — a natural hormone in the body that supports bonding, whether

NASA’s Lucy Mission is set to head to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

NASA is set to launch the Lucy mission on Saturday 16 October. Following a six-year cruise out to the orbit of Jupiter, the mission will study a collection of ancient asteroids, known as the Trojans, for clues about the formation of the planets. The mission is named after the famous fossilised human ancestor found in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia, in 1974 by the palaeoanthropologist Donald Johanson. Lucy – the fossil – was an example of the early hominid species, Australopithecus afarensi, who probably walked upright some 3.2 million years ago. As such, she provided unique insight into the early evolution

Jet Fuel Made From This Crop Could Cut Emissions by Up to 68%, New Analysis Proves

The aviation industry is necessary for the world we live in today, but it places a strain on the environment, thanks to emissions from petroleum-based fossil fuel. According to a new study, we could reduce these emissions by up to 68 percent – by switching to a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) derived from plants. Specifically, the non-edible oilseed crop Brassica carinata, a variety of mustard plant. And it could be more cost-effective than petroleum fuel.   “If we can secure feedstock supply and provide suitable economic incentives along the supply chain, we could potentially produce carinata-based SAF in the southern

CBD Oil Side Effects: Full Breakdown and Best Products

This article contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. There are many reasons why CBD products have become so popular. One of the top driving factors behind this compound’s success are the many therapeutic benefits that it offers. CBD, which is extracted from hemp, interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system promotes homeostasis while also playing a role in many functions and processes, including sleep, appetite, mood, and energy.   Keep reading to learn about the many positive side effects that CBD oil may offer.  Offers Natural Pain Management  Going through

Nasa’s Lucy mission will seek out Solar System ‘fossils’

“What’s amazing about this trajectory is that we can continue to do loops through the swarms, as long as the spacecraft is healthy. And so after the final encounter with Patroclus and Menoetius, we plan to propose to Nasa to do an extended mission to explore more trojans,” said Coralie Adam from KinetX Aerospace, which is providing navigation support to the project. Continue Reading News Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58927969

Astronomers Spot the Same Stellar Explosion Three Times – And Predict a Fourth Sighting in 16 Years

An enormous amount of gravity from a cluster of distant galaxies causes space to curve so much that light from them is bent and emanated our way from numerous directions. This “gravitational lensing” effect has allowed University of Copenhagen astronomers to observe the same exploding star in three different places in the heavens. They predict that a fourth image of the same explosion will appear in the sky by 2037. The study, which has recently been published in the journal Nature Astronomy, provides a unique opportunity to explore not just the supernova itself, but the expansion of our universe. One

How to Turn Your Yard Into a Wildlife Oasis

Monarch butterflies are disappearing. Other insects are on the decline as well. So are birds. Forests in the U.S. have been reduced by a third since the arrival of Europeans. Some 99 percent of our prairies are gone, too. In this time of widespread ecological catastrophe, it can be tempting to let eco-anxiety give way to eco-pessimism. What, after all, can one person do? Most of us aren’t going to lay down in front of a bulldozer or chain ourselves to a tree. Abandoning your gas-guzzling car is hardly a viable option for everyone. And simple steps like recycling, apparently,

Common treatment for MIS-C patients likely works by depleting neutrophils

Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) — a common treatment for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) — likely works by depleting immune cells called neutrophils, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MIS-C is a rare condition that usually affects school-age children who initially had only mild COVID-19 symptoms or no symptoms at all. The researchers also found that IVIG works in a similar manner for treating Kawasaki disease, another rare inflammatory condition that affects children and shares symptoms with MIS-C. The findings are published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. MIS-C is marked by

NASA’s Lucy asteroid mission ready to launch on Atlas 5 rocket – Spaceflight Now

If you would like to see more articles like this please support our coverage of the space program by becoming a Spaceflight Now Member. If everyone who enjoys our website helps fund it, we can expand and improve our coverage further. Live coverage of the countdown and launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with NASA’s Lucy mission, a robotic explorer to study the Trojan asteroids in the outer solar system. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter. Our Live Launch Show NASA TV Our live launch show begins at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT) Saturday, Oct. 16. NASA TV’s