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Want to study better? Just two minutes of exercise beforehand could help

Want to study better? Just two minutes of exercise beforehand could help

If you’re feeling a bit sluggish today, just two minutes of exercise could give your brain a boost, a new study shows. Researchers from Jönköping University in Sweden analyzed a range of 13 studies into the effects of exercise on people aged 18-35 conducted by scientists between 2009 and 2019. Writing in the journal Translational…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, September 11

What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, September 11

The summer is over. It’s time to hunker down. The coronavirus pandemic is not going to ease up, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned yesterday. In fact, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he believes the situation is likely to worsen again in the months ahead. “I just think we need…

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns

The global climate crisis could see more than a billion people displaced from their homes in the next 30 years, as ecological disasters drive mass migrations and greater armed conflict, according to a new report released Wednesday. The Ecological Threat Register, conducted by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), projected that as many…

Meet OPTIMISM, the Perseverance rover’s twin on Earth

Meet OPTIMISM, the Perseverance rover’s twin on Earth

This will be a test drive like no other. An SUV-size rover will roll across a seemingly alien red landscape this week, climbing slopes and maneuvering over rocks and other obstacles for the sake of exploration. But it’s happening in Pasadena, California — on Earth, not Mars. The NASA Perseverance rover launched in July and…

Australian surfer dies after shark attack at a popular Gold Coast beach

Australian surfer dies after shark attack at a popular Gold Coast beach

An Australian man died after he was attacked by a shark on Tuesday at a popular surfing spot in Queensland, authorities say. The 46-year-old man was bitten on his leg just after 5 p.m. while surfing at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta, a suburb of the city of Gold Coast, according to the Queensland Police Service.…

The world’s largest digital camera could unlock mysteries of the universe

The world’s largest digital camera could unlock mysteries of the universe

The world’s largest digital camera can spot a golf ball from 15 miles away. When the Vera C. Rubin Observatory begins observations in 2023, its SUV-size camera will be able to capture complete panoramas of the southern sky every few nights. And that requires a new type of camera never seen before. The imaging sensors…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, September 7

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, September 7

“I have had more panic attacks this year than in my entire life combined.” Aritri Paul, who lives in Kolkata, West Bengal, has been experiencing terrifying episodes more frequently since India went into coronavirus lockdown in March. “My heartbeats are heavy. It becomes difficult to catch my breath. My hands shake and get sweaty,” she…

Listening to global woodland sounds is now a click away

If you are looking for a way to experience nature, a group in the United Kingdom has collected woodland sounds from around the world into one unique map. Wild Rumpus, a group that produces outdoor arts events, organizes a three-day festival in central England every July. It’s a celebration of human connection to trees through…

The Earth is making the moon rust

The moon is getting rusty. Scientists had the same reaction you probably did when they reached this conclusion. It shouldn’t be possible — after all, there’s no oxygen on the moon, one of the two essential elements to create rust, the other being water. But the evidence was there. India’s lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, orbited the…

Plants could help authorities detect dead human bodies in woodland

Plants could help authorities detect dead human bodies in woodland

Plants could help detect human remains in dense forest areas because of the way vegetation behaves around decomposing bodies, researchers hope. In an article published Thursday in the journal Trends in Plant Science, researchers from the University of Tennessee said tree and shrub canopies could be used as a search “asset” to help guide rescue…

Tatooine-like exoplanet could be orbiting in this triple-star system

Tatooine-like exoplanet could be orbiting in this triple-star system

When Luke Skywalker emerges from his home at dusk on the planet Tatooine in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” he watches twin suns setting in the sky. The two suns are misaligned, with one lower in the sky than the other. That could be the view from a potential planet orbiting in…