9 Stories To Start Your Day


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Stress thwarts our ability to plan ahead by disrupting how we use memory

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:18 AM PDT

New research from Stanford University has found that stress can hinder our ability to develop informed plans by preventing us from being able to make decisions based on memory. “We draw on memory not just to project ourselves backward into the past but to project ourselves forward, to plan,” said Stanford psychologist Anthony Wagner, who is […]
Scientists show how parasitic infection causes seizures, psychiatric illness for some

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:16 AM PDT

Think about traffic flow in a city – there are stop signs, one-way streets, and traffic lights to organize movement across a widespread network. Now, imagine what would happen if you removed some of the traffic signals. Among your brain’s 86 billion neurons are the brain’s own version of stop signals: inhibitory neurons that emit […]
Gut communicates with the entire brain through cross-talking neurons

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:14 AM PDT

You know that feeling in your gut? We think of it as an innate intuition that sparks deep in the belly and helps guide our actions, if we let it. It’s also a metaphor for what scientists call the “gut-brain axis,” a biological reality in which the gut and its microbial inhabitants send signals to […]
When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:11 AM PDT

An international team, including Arizona State University researcher Gary Schwartz, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behavior. Years of painstaking excavation at the fossil-rich site of Drimolen, nestled within the Cradle of Humankind (a UNESCO World Heritage […]
Opioid prescriptions linked to obesity via achy backs, joints

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:09 AM PDT

Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. One of the studies, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that patients with higher body mass indices (BMIs) were up to 158% more likely […]
Almond Orchard Recycling a Climate-Smart Strategy

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:05 AM PDT

Recycling trees onsite can sequester carbon, save water and increase crop yields, making it a climate-smart practice for California’s irrigated almond orchards, finds a study from the University of California, Davis. Whole orchard recycling is when old orchard trees are ground, chipped and turned back into the soil before new almond trees are planted. The study, […]
Most People Consider Becoming Vegetarian for Their Health

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 09:03 AM PDT

Researchers know that people are motivated to be vegetarian for different reasons — the most common in Western cultures being health, the environment and animal rights. But how compelling are these different factors for nonvegetarians? University of California, Davis, researchers in the Department of Psychology surveyed 8,000 people of various ages and ethnicities, in two […]
The Weight of Martian Water

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 04:31 AM PDT

Peeling back the blackened veins of ancient crust, forgotten fragments whisper soggy secrets. Their enforced exile loosening tongues that now bubble over with stories of impossible waterways – teeming canals that once sang with the sound of a thousand babbling brooks.   Beneath a sterile gaze, these rusted reservoirs divulge their dirty secrets; fragmented memories […]
Environmental Protection Network response to clean-car rules-rollback decisive; warns action threatens planet, public health, jobs

Posted: 02 Apr 2020 01:19 PM PDT

It is no surprise that news of the Trump administration’s action to loosen the U.S.’s clean car standards would spark criticism, outcry, response. As the Environmental Protection Network noted, “‘The Trump administration’s rollback of President Obama’s historic Clean Car Standards is an environmental and economic disaster,’ said EPN member Jeff Alson, who served a

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