Sci/Tech

U.S. Winter Outlook: NOAA forecasters predict above-average temperatures, wetter North

October 17, 2019 - Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the U.S. this winter according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Although below-average temperatures...

A Breath Test for Opioids

October 3, 2019 - A test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath has been developed by engineers and physicians at the University of...

Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events “could be lethal” to...

Sept. 30, 2019 - Hurricane Dorian is the latest example of a frightening trend. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more severe and...

NASA Visualization Shows a Black Hole’s Warped World

September 26, 2019 - This new visualization of a black hole illustrates how its gravity distorts our view, warping its surroundings as if seen...

Scientists back global climate strike

LONDON, September 20, 2019 − Leading scientists have declared their support for the global climate strike which starts today. In a statement published by the...

More than lyme: Tick study finds multiple agents of tick-borne diseases

Sept. 16, 2019 - In a study published in mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, Jorge Benach and Rafal Tokarz, and...

Climate change expected to accelerate spread of sometimes-fatal fungal infection: valley fever

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2019 —Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions like the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but...

‘How We Respond’ spotlights how US communities are addressing climate change impacts

Sept. 16, 2019 - Communities across the United States are working with scientists to respond to climate change impacts, shows a new report and...

Negative posts on Facebook business pages outweigh positive posts 2 to 1

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 13, 2019 –There are more than 60 million business pages on Facebook and that number is from 2017. With those pages...

Physicians report high refusal rates for HPV vaccine in the U.S. and need for...

Sept. 16, 2019 - Despite its proven success at preventing cancer, many adolescents are still not getting the HPV vaccine. A new study from...

Microbes Make Chemicals for Scent Marking in a Cat

September 16, 2019 - Domestic cats, like many other mammals, use smelly secretions from anal sacs to mark territory and communicate with other animals....

To Reduce Pollution, Policymakers Should Broaden Focus Beyond Smokestacks

Sept. 11, 2019 - Emissions from air pollutants are associated with premature mortality. Between 2008 and 2014, air pollution health damage from fine particulate...

New wildfire models to predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes

September 9, 2019 - As fires throughout the nation have demonstrated over the last few weeks, fire season isn't ending any time soon. While it's...

Tiny airborne particles from wildfires have climate change implications

Sept. 9, 2019 - Wildfires are widespread across the globe. They occur in places wherever plants are abundant — such as the raging fires currently...

Suicide rates climbing in U.S., especially in rural areas

COLUMBUS, Ohio. Sept. 9, 2019 - Suicide is becoming more common in America, an increase most pronounced in rural areas, new research has found. The...

Bots might prove harder to detect in 2020 elections

Sept. 9, 2019 -   USC Information Sciences Institute (USC ISI) computer scientist, Emilio Ferrara, has new research indicating that bots or fake accounts...

Diversity increases ecosystem stability

Sept. 5, 2019 - Forests with a large variety of species are more productive and stable under stress than monocultures: scientists from the University...

Raft of rubble drifting in the Pacific

August 27, 2019 - Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on 21 August 2019, this image features a huge raft of pumice rock drifting...

Stardust in the Antarctic snow

August 27, 2019 - The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches the...

Amazon fires seen from Space Station

August 27, 2019 - The Amazon rainforest is burning. As relief agencies turn to satellite data to help assess the scale, astronauts too are helping...