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Antioxidant reverses BPD-induced fertility damage in worms

From plastics to pesticides, it seems like every week delivers fresh news about the dangers of endocrine disruptors — chemicals in the environment that alter the body’s hormones and can lead to reproductive, developmental, neurologic and immune problems and cancer. Industry regulation and individual consumer choice can reduce exposure to such chemicals, but there are few options to counteract damage that has already occurred. Now new research conducted in worms suggests a path toward changing that.

10 Big Schools Pressured To Ditch Fossil Fuels Over Climate Change

At an annual conference, student body presidents from each of the Big 10 schools unanimously agreed to a resolution calling on those institutions to divest from fossil fuels. According to the Climate Action Movement, a student, faculty, and alumni group…

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming – Yale Environment 360

Recent climate models project that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 above pre-industrial levels could cause temperatures to soar far above previous estimates. A warming earth, researchers now say, will lead to a loss of clouds, allowing more solar energy to…

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Wasps’ gut microbes help them — and their offspring — survive pesticides

Exposure to the widely used pesticide atrazine leads to heritable changes in the gut microbiome of wasps, finds a new study. Additionally, the altered microbiome confers atrazine resistance, which is inherited across successive generations not exposed to the pesticide.

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How and when spines changed in mammalian evolution

Researchers compared modern and ancient animals to explore how mammalian vertebrae have evolved into sophisticated physical structures that can carry out multiple functions. The comparison between complex spine of cats, the more uniform spine of lizard, and CT scans of synapsid fossils showed that the evolution of functions (e.g. bending, twisting) is driven by both selective pressures/behavior and the evolution of independent sections of the spine. The findings shed light on how mammals evolved.

6 natural ways to combat anxiety

For those prone to anxiety, attacks can occur at any time. (Photo: KieferPix/Shutterstock) I was never an anxious person. I spent my teens and early 20s like many of my friends, thinking I was invincible and acting accordingly. Anxiety simply…

The hottest planet ever detected rips molecules apart and acts like a star

When we cast our gaze across the galaxy looking for planets that may host even the faintest signs of life, there are obvious non-candidates. Like the football-shaped planet that blasts heavy metal into the universe. Or the scorched marble that…

Taro Takahashi selected as first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker medal

(The Oceanography Society) The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Taro Takahashi (deceased 12/3/19) has been selected as the first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker Medal. Dr. Takahashi’s six-decade research career cemented the understanding of global ocean uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and the biogeochemistry that drives it. He is remembered as an excellent mentor to his colleagues and junior scientists, as well as for his strong conviction that community service is an important part research.