Deaths of Florida’s starving manatees surge amid winter chill

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Chilly temperatures are rekindling a manatee die-off in Central Florida’s Indian River. “Winter is here,” said Martine de Wit, a state veterinarian and scientist. Along a Brevard County piece of the Indian River on Thursday, which turned warmer and sunny, a snapshot of the ominous, protracted plight of manatees came into… Continue reading Deaths of Florida’s starving manatees surge amid winter chill

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A Delicate Dance to Understand Our Hot and Cloudy Twin’s Atmosphere

A false-color image of the sulfurous Venusian cloud cover. Credit: Daimia Bouic/JAXA/ISAS/DARTS SOFIA recently completed a new set of observations of Venus to study the chemical composition of the planet’s atmosphere. Observing Venus was particularly challenging. Venus was in a tricky part of the sky to observe, and the Sun was about to set. For… Continue reading A Delicate Dance to Understand Our Hot and Cloudy Twin’s Atmosphere

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The Genetic Mechanism of Male Infertility

Scientists may have finally figured out a genetic cause of male infertility. Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom published their study in Nature Communications in early January 2022. Led by Professor Joris Veltman, the Dean of Newcastle University’s Biosciences Institute, the team investigated the potential genetic causes of male infertility. They found 145… Continue reading The Genetic Mechanism of Male Infertility

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Make cooking and cleaning less of a chore with these discounted home accessories

Whether you’re wrestling with an outdated vacuum or looking for some brand-new tools to streamline kitchen prep, finding quality home accessories on a budget can be quite the challenge. But that doesn’t mean you should give up quite yet. Target has an array of deals, including Vitamix blenders to help you along on your culinary… Continue reading Make cooking and cleaning less of a chore with these discounted home accessories

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New Method of extracting DNA from Mummy Head Lice

The new research focused on understanding the migration patterns of indigenous settlement in the Americas utilized a novel method for extracting better preserved human cells, and thus more intact human DNA, from mummified human remains. This was done by examining and collecting samples from two-thousand-year-old head lice cement from the heads of Argentinian mummies. This… Continue reading New Method of extracting DNA from Mummy Head Lice

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A healthier heart can protect your brain, too—5 lifestyle changes to prevent dementia

by Dr. Alexandra Wade, Dr. Ashleigh Elizabeth Smith and Maddison Mellow, The Conversation Credit: CC0 Public Domain When we think of dementia, we often fear a loss of control. But the reassuring news is up to 40% of dementias can be prevented or delayed if we change our health habits. Nearly half a million Australians… Continue reading A healthier heart can protect your brain, too—5 lifestyle changes to prevent dementia

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Library Is Up for Auction | Smart News

The Bonhams sale features more than 1,000 books from the late Supreme Court justice’s personal library. Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images More than 1,000 books from the personal collection of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are up for auction at Bonhams. The trove features legal textbooks,… Continue reading Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Library Is Up for Auction | Smart News

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New VR Boots Allow Users to ‘Physically’ Explore Virtual Spaces

One of the surprising issues with virtual reality headsets to date has been user safety — get too immersed in the experience and you might find yourself leaping and bounding in virtual reality only to smash against the floor in your momentarily-forgotten physical reality. One firm, Ekto VR, believes it may have a solution to… Continue reading New VR Boots Allow Users to ‘Physically’ Explore Virtual Spaces

Impact of the pandemic on rural shopping habits

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Southampton have explored how the pandemic has impacted the shopping habits and attitudes of consumers aged 65+ living and shopping in rural communities in the South of England. A series of practical recommendations to encourage older shoppers in rural areas back into local stores in the… Continue reading Impact of the pandemic on rural shopping habits

Investigating Omicron’s fitness and replicative potential compared with earlier SARS-CoV-2 variants using organoids

Over 5.59 million people have died due to the devastating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which is still wreaking havoc on worldwide health systems. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causal agent, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. During the first months of human circulation, SARS-CoV-2 was genetically and antigenically… Continue reading Investigating Omicron’s fitness and replicative potential compared with earlier SARS-CoV-2 variants using organoids

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