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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #33

Latest Posts Archives Climate Hustle Posted on 17 August 2019 by John Hartz A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Aug 11 through Sat, Aug 17, 2019 Editor’s…

8 good things that happen when you get older

Forget wrinkles and gray hair. There are lots of reasons to celebrate each time you add a candle to your birthday cake. You gain wisdom and many other benefits with age. Here’s a look at just a few of the…

Brain molecule identified as key in anxiety model

Boosting a single molecule in the brain can change ‘dispositional anxiety,’ the tendency to perceive many situations as threatening, in nonhuman primates, researchers have found. The molecule, neurotrophin-3, stimulates neurons to grow and make new connections.

From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health – USA TODAY

For some, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, and preventing global warming from getting worse is a driving force in their lives. Elizabeth Lawrence and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY Revelle Mast wanted to be an architect when…

Foraging for information: Machine learning decodes genetic influence over behavior

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements. Researchers are using machine learning to draw links between genetic controls that shape incremental steps of instinctive and learned behaviors.

Life on thin ice: mental health at the heart of the climate crisis

A thin blanket of fog curls over the block before it disappears back out to sea. Exhale. Inhale. The freezing breaths of a dormant leviathan – slumbering somewhere out in the depths. It’s 1am and judging by the flickering glow…

The growing trend of emotional support animals

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are showing up in places previously understood to be animal-free. The growing trend includes ‘certifying’ animals to provide emotional assistance to a person with a diagnosable mental condition or emotional disorder. New research outlines the ethical challenge and offers possible solutions to better serve both people who feel they need ESAs and those who must comply with the animals.

With Sea-Level Rise, Climate Science Meets Reality

The splendiferous east coast of Tasmania never ceases to please with all its myriad landscapes. So it was a little discombobulating to recently pass a sign planted hard against the flow of traffic following the serpentine track that threads the…