Alzheimer’s Risk Gene May Impair Neuroprotective Mechanism

Our bodies have some healing and regenerative capabilities. For most individuals, cuts will mend, we’ll recover from mild infections, and at the cellular level, we can make repairs to damaged DNA or cells. There are protective mechanisms that help stave off Alzheimer’s disease as well. Scientists have found that some individuals carry genetic variants that… Continue reading Alzheimer’s Risk Gene May Impair Neuroprotective Mechanism

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Earth in 2021

Editor’s note: From extreme weather to volcanic eruptions to simple beauty, the images in this video highlight another year on our planet. The following text is a transcript of the video and includes links to detailed descriptions of each image. Otherworldly Earth Extreme Winter Weather Causes U.S. BlackoutsTexas and other central states set records for… Continue reading Earth in 2021

Scientists acknowledged in new year honours list for Covid heroics

After a year in which science helped guide humanity through the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the UK’s leading experts have been recognised in the new year honours list. England’s chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam, and the Welsh and Scottish CMOs Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith,… Continue reading Scientists acknowledged in new year honours list for Covid heroics

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Everything You Need To Know About Taking Antibiotics While Pregnant

Young pregnant woman holding blister pack of medicine tablets c getty The last two years have not been kind to anyone, but perhaps especially pregnant individuals. With fears and concerns about the potential risks of getting Covid while pregnant, and whether or not pregnant women should get the vaccine (spoiler alert: they should), it’s been… Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Taking Antibiotics While Pregnant

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White House commits to ISS extension

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration formally supports extending operations of the International Space Station through the end of the decade, an announcement that is neither surprising nor addresses how to get all the station’s partners, notably Russia, to agree on the station’s future. In a statement published on NASA’s ISS blog Dec. 31, NASA said… Continue reading White House commits to ISS extension

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World's 1st 'wooden' satellite planned in Japan for 2023 launch – Japan Today

World’s 1st ‘wooden’ satellite planned in Japan for 2023 launch  Japan Today Japan plans launch of world’s first wooden satellite in 2023  The Japan Times World’s 1st “wooden” satellite planned in Japan for 2023 launch  Kyodo News Plus Japan Plans to Launch World’s First ‘Wooden’ Satellite in 2023 – Reports  Sputnik International World’s 1st ‘wooden’ satellite planned in Japan… Continue reading World's 1st 'wooden' satellite planned in Japan for 2023 launch – Japan Today

Iodine in Desert Dust Destroys Ozone – Could Prolong Greenhouse Gas Lifetimes

Atacama desert photographed from the airplane. Credit: Sam Hall New CU Boulder study shows iodine from desert dust can decrease ozone air pollution but could prolong greenhouse gas lifetimes. When winds loft fine desert dust high into the atmosphere, iodine in that dust can trigger chemical reactions that destroy some air pollution, but also let… Continue reading Iodine in Desert Dust Destroys Ozone – Could Prolong Greenhouse Gas Lifetimes

England museum scientists discover more than 550 new species in 2021

A roly-poly monochromatic beetle. A fan-throated lizard. A rice rat that may be an example of island gigantism. And two crocodile-faced dinosaurs. These are some of the more than 550 species that researchers at the Natural History Museum in London discovered in 2021, despite COVID-19 restrictions.  The museum’s largest discoveries were two carnivorous dinosaurs dug… Continue reading England museum scientists discover more than 550 new species in 2021