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Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children’s sleep for as much as a decade.

Typhoon changed earthquake patterns

(GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre) Intensive erosion can temporarily change the earthquake activity (seismicity) of a region significantly. This has now been shown for Taiwan by researchers from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in cooperation with international colleagues. They report on this in the journal “Scientific Reports”.

Mini-‘Marsquakes’ measured by InSight lander show effects of sun and wind

(Kyushu University, I2CNER) Analysis of seismometer data from the InSight Martian lander revealed that different types and frequencies of ambient low-magnitude “microtremors” on Mars were associated with different sources, and some reflected daily variations in wind and solar irradiance, either in distant locations or near the lander. These findings will contribute to future projects seeking to model and monitor the Martian subsurface.

Rising water temperatures could endanger the mating of many fish species

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) In a new meta-study, experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have published ground-breaking findings on the effects of climate change for fish stock around the globe.

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Smart structures: Structural cells of the body control immune function

Researchers analyzed the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in structural cells. They found widespread activity of immune genes, suggesting that structural cells are deeply involved in the body’s response to pathogens. Moreover, the study uncovered an epigenetic potential that pre-programs structural cells to engage in the immune response against pathogens. These findings highlight an underappreciated part of the immune system and open up an exciting area for research and future therapies.