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What Stress Does to the Immune System

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on What Stress Does to the Immune System

When we’re stressed out, our body’s internal chemistry changes. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone alongside adrenaline and norepinephrine, surges. As a result, blood sugar levels increase and more of that glucose is allocated to the brain. That’s good — the chain reaction helps our bodies in the so-called “fight-or-flight” response, which has a deep evolutionary […]

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The pandemic’s slowing of research productivity may last years—especially for women and parents | Science

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on The pandemic’s slowing of research productivity may last years—especially for women and parents | Science

The pandemic led to a surge in COVID-19 research, but it severely disrupted other fields—shuttering labs, restricting travel, and leaving scientists with young children struggling to work without adequate child care. A flurry of studies indicates the productivity of women scientists slowed during the pandemic to a greater extent than their male colleagues. Now, a […]

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How Climate Change Hurt this Year’s Apple Harvest

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on How Climate Change Hurt this Year’s Apple Harvest

It’s been a tough season for U.S. apple growers. Climate change made it worse. From late-spring frosts in western Michigan to triple-digit heat in the Pacific Northwest, apple growers saw a nearly 19 percent drop in fresh-market apple holdings in June 2021 compared with June 2020, according to recent production statistics released by the Agriculture Department. In […]

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Delta, delta-plus, and other super infectious COVID variants, explained

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Delta, delta-plus, and other super infectious COVID variants, explained

This post was last updated on October 26, 2021. If there’s one thing we can count on in life, it’s change, and viruses are no exception. Variants of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus have popped up in different corners of the world and while that might sound a bit scary, it’s actually perfectly normal, or even […]

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This Patient Was Already Battling Organ Failure. Was He Having a Heart Attack, Too?

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on This Patient Was Already Battling Organ Failure. Was He Having a Heart Attack, Too?

This story originally appeared in our November/December 2021 issue as “Cardiac Crisis.” Click here to subscribe to read more stories like this one. The symptoms that brought Louis to the Keck Hospital of University of Southern California seemed less than concerning at first glance. The 41-year-old said he’d been feeling weak and short of breath for the […]

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Skeptic » eSkeptic » October 23, 2021

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Skeptic » eSkeptic » October 23, 2021

EPISODE # 220 Charles Foster on Being a Human: Adventures in Forty Thousand Years of Consciousness Drawing on psychology, neuroscience, natural history, agriculture, medical law and ethics, Charles Foster, in Being a Human, makes an audacious attempt to feel a connection with 45,000 years of human history. He experiences the Upper Paleolithic era by living […]

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The Cruel Animal Testing Behind Thomas Edison’s Quest to Show the Dangers of Alternating Current

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on The Cruel Animal Testing Behind Thomas Edison’s Quest to Show the Dangers of Alternating Current

This story originally appeared in our November/December 2021 issue as “Cruel Inventions.” Click here to subscribe to read more stories like this one. The crowd in the auditorium had no idea what they were about to witness, but the appearance of the dog put them instantly on guard. It was July 1888, at Columbia College in New […]

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Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men — Nobody Won

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men — Nobody Won

Five of the nation’s top ice scientists found themselves in a conundrum. They’d been tasked with a formidable job: reviewing candidates for the American Geophysical Union’s fellows program, the most prestigious award given by the world’s largest earth and space science society. But when the group looked at its list of candidates, all nominated by […]

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We Need to Ground Truth Assumptions about Gene Therapy

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on We Need to Ground Truth Assumptions about Gene Therapy

Melissa Creary was three years old when she was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. The genetic condition, which affects more than 100,000 people in the U.S., is caused by a mutation that distorts red blood cells into sickle-shaped crescents that can get stuck in blood vessels and trigger episodes of agonizing pain. People in the […]

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What Dune Reveals about Reproductive Control and Eugenics

By   /  October 22, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on What Dune Reveals about Reproductive Control and Eugenics

Few fictional creatures are as iconic or as synonymous with their franchise as the giant apex predators of the desert world of Arrakis in the classic novel Dune. Author Frank Herbert imagined the sandworms’ life cycle in incredible detail, and the desert where these behemoths live and hunt continues to be a relevant allegory for […]

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