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2021-07-13 23:09:08
by Anthropocene
Plant-Based Plastic Cutlery Rarely Gets Composted. This Advance Could Give it a new Purpose.

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Using compostable forks and spoons might soothe an environmentalist’s soul,... Read More

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Using compostable forks and spoons might soothe an environmentalist’s soul, but the reality is that most of this cutlery ends up in landfills, where it sits around just like conventional... Read More

2021-07-07 13:59:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Rapid PCR Testing Needed as More COVID Variants Emerge

The U.S. is experiencing a decline in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations continue as the emergence of new variants like Delta... Read More

The U.S. is experiencing a decline in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations continue as the emergence of new variants like Delta or Lambda have spurred the need for PCR testing devices. “Many companies have reported a fall off of testing with... Read More

2021-06-25 11:54:15
by Ansley Puckett
Small Dog Research Center Opens in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - The American pet food company Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened its new Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka,... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. - The American pet food company Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened its new Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka, Kansas, on Wednesday.   The 25,000-square foot nutrition center will focus completely on the nutrition needs of small dogs, which make... Read More

2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell
NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide... Read More

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's... Read More

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject... Read More

2021-06-16 14:12:17
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Offers Insight into Combating Male Infertility

Researchers from the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center in China published a study this week in the medical journal... Read More

Researchers from the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center in China published a study this week in the medical journal Development, offering new insight into preventing infertility in men.  Currently, at least 30 million men worldwide are infertile, and one... Read More

2021-06-15 15:38:28
by Anthropocene
Giving Wallabies a ‘Head Start’ From Feral Cats Doubled Their Population

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Conservationists working to protect endangered animals often... Read More

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Conservationists working to protect endangered animals often struggle with protecting the most vulnerable from predation. But instead of working to decrease predator numbers, one research group studying... Read More

More Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Was in US by Christmas 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before... Read More

Novavax: Large Study Finds COVID-19 Shot About 90% Effective

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in... Read More

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a... Read More

2021-06-09 17:40:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Lawmakers Seek to Build, Diversify STEM Workforce

Zharia Akeem, 19-year-old student at Tufts University, said that after being accepted into its Bridge to Engineering Success program she... Read More

Zharia Akeem, 19-year-old student at Tufts University, said that after being accepted into its Bridge to Engineering Success program she saw a need to help and bridge the gap between engineering research and minority communities.  “I am the only person... Read More

2021-06-08 22:16:32
by Anthropocene
Researchers Repurpose a Medical Tool to Expose Seafood Fraud

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Researchers have discovered that a medical device... Read More

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Researchers have discovered that a medical device used to detect cancer in humans can also be employed to detect mislabeled seafood, and other meats—with 100% accuracy. The... Read More

2021-06-07 19:38:35
by Reece Nations
FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Potential Harm

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted its approval to aducanumab, an Alzheimer’s treatment developed... Read More

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted its approval to aducanumab, an Alzheimer’s treatment developed by Biogen for use in patients, despite mixed clinical trial results for the drug.  Prescribed under the brand name “Aduhelm,”... Read More

2021-05-27 21:23:00
by Anthropocene
Here’s Something to Chew on: Researchers Turn Food Scraps Into Materials Stronger Than Concrete

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Why compost food scraps when you can... Read More

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Why compost food scraps when you can make concrete with them? It’s not quite that simple, but researchers have found a way to turn fruit and vegetable... Read More

2021-05-26 20:24:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and... Read More

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and promote positive emotional shifts in children admitted into an intensive care unit. “As a storyteller myself I decided to investigate... Read More

2021-05-25 19:03:43
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Finds Smartwatch Data Able to Predict Blood Test Results

Researchers from Stanford University published the results of a study Monday which found smartwatches can signal physiological changes, such as... Read More

Researchers from Stanford University published the results of a study Monday which found smartwatches can signal physiological changes, such as a change in red blood cell count, as well as early signs of dehydration, anemia and illness.  The study is... Read More

2021-05-25 18:30:00
by Anthropocene
Researchers Experiment With “Morphing” Food to Enable More Sustainable Packaging. Behold, Flat-packed 3D Pasta

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. From conch-shaped pasta shells and the jaunty... Read More

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. From conch-shaped pasta shells and the jaunty bow ties of farfalle, pasta in its various forms has become a culinary staple in millions of homes. But its... Read More

2021-05-24 18:12:49
by TWN Staff
Scientists Analyze Dry-Sanitizing Device for Reusable PPE

In response to the global need for effective sterilization techniques, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine... Read More

In response to the global need for effective sterilization techniques, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory collaborated on a study evaluating the efficacy of a dry-sanitizing device. Subhash Verma, Ph.D., associate... Read More

2021-05-21 17:08:24
by TWN Staff
NOAA Says Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season is Expected in 2021

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season,... Read More

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate... Read More

2021-05-19 18:51:09
by TWN Staff
The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid

As the Biden administration continues to push for a deal on an infrastructure bill that includes a sweeping number of... Read More

As the Biden administration continues to push for a deal on an infrastructure bill that includes a sweeping number of renewable energy related projects, a team of researchers at the Department of Energy say they have growing confidence that reliable,... Read More

2021-05-19 17:09:27
by TWN Staff
Malta and Duke Energy to Study Converting Coal Units into Energy Storage Facilities

Malta Inc. and Duke Energy will study the socioeconomic, environmental and operational benefits of converting retiring coal units into long-duration,... Read More

Malta Inc. and Duke Energy will study the socioeconomic, environmental and operational benefits of converting retiring coal units into long-duration, zero-emissions energy storage systems by integrating Malta’s pumped heat energy storage system into existing infrastructure at a Duke Energy coal... Read More

2021-05-19 14:14:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine

Questions are emerging as to whether women's menstrual cycles are impacted by COVID-19 vaccines, and two women researchers are conducting... Read More

Questions are emerging as to whether women's menstrual cycles are impacted by COVID-19 vaccines, and two women researchers are conducting a survey to figure out if there are impacts and if so, why they are happening. “A lot of people... Read More

Countdown Begins to Discover Where Columbus Came From

MADRID (AP) — Was Christopher Columbus really from Genoa, in Italy? Or was he Spanish? Or, as some other theories... Read More

MADRID (AP) — Was Christopher Columbus really from Genoa, in Italy? Or was he Spanish? Or, as some other theories have it, was he Portuguese or Croatian or even Polish?  A definitive answer to the question of where the famous... Read More

2021-05-18 21:31:00
by Anthropocene
The World Needs a Standard Tool to Compare Species Conservation Efforts. An International Team Just Built One.

This article is by Berly McCoy and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. In 2010, the Convention on Biodiversity proposed... Read More

This article is by Berly McCoy and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. In 2010, the Convention on Biodiversity proposed a list of 20 targets aimed at preserving global biodiversity—from increasing public awareness to preventing species extinctions. The targets were part of... Read More

2021-05-12 13:35:42
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air

Researchers from Emory University are working on a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop a sensor capable of detecting... Read More

Researchers from Emory University are working on a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop a sensor capable of detecting COVID-19 in the air, called Rolosense.  “It’s tricky to anticipate what the real-world implementation will be of this technology, but... Read More

2021-05-12 12:54:40
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to... Read More

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to age 9 will spread COVID-19 while returning to school.    “The main question was whether school reopening was accompanied by higher... Read More

New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the... Read More

2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
Sensor Tool Lights the Way for Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable... Read More

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brains of mice and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

2021-05-04 20:13:26
by Anthropocene
A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay,... Read More

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay, to ensure your food came from a farm that doubled up to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change? That’s the... Read More

2021-04-27 19:20:50
by Anthropocene
An Ingenious Off-grid Water Purifier Inspired by Pufferfish Runs on Nothing But Sunlight

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Clean water is already a scant resource... Read More

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Clean water is already a scant resource in many parts of the world, and this scarcity is slated to worsen with climate change. In a new study,... Read More

2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to... Read More

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

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