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How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe

Global spread of coronavirus, concept illustration (stock image). Credit: © solvod / stock.adobe.com A new study combines evolutionary genomics from coronavirus samples with computer-simulated epidemics and detailed travel records to reconstruct the spread of coronavirus across the world in unprecedented detail. Published in the journal Science, the results suggest an extended period of missed opportunity…

How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe

Global spread of coronavirus, concept illustration (stock image). Credit: © solvod / stock.adobe.com A new study combines evolutionary genomics from coronavirus samples with computer-simulated epidemics and detailed travel records to reconstruct the spread of coronavirus across the world in unprecedented detail. Published in the journal Science, the results suggest an extended period of missed opportunity…

Unconscious learning underlies belief in God, study suggests

Hands raised to sunset, prayer concept (stock image). Credit: © ipopba / stock.adobe.com Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, according to neuroscientists at Georgetown University. Their research, reported in…

COVID-19 study links strict social distancing to much lower chance of...

People social distancing concept (stock image). Credit: © Photocreo Bednarek / stock.adobe.com Using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of testing positive with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood, suggests a study…

COVID-19 study links strict social distancing to much lower chance of...

People social distancing concept (stock image). Credit: © Photocreo Bednarek / stock.adobe.com Using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of testing positive with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood, suggests a study…

Unconscious learning underlies belief in God, study suggests

Hands raised to sunset, prayer concept (stock image). Credit: © ipopba / stock.adobe.com Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, according to neuroscientists at Georgetown University. Their research, reported in…

How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe

Global spread of coronavirus, concept illustration (stock image). Credit: © solvod / stock.adobe.com A new study combines evolutionary genomics from coronavirus samples with computer-simulated epidemics and detailed travel records to reconstruct the spread of coronavirus across the world in unprecedented detail. Published in the journal Science, the results suggest an extended period of missed opportunity…

COVID-19 study links strict social distancing to much lower chance of...

People social distancing concept (stock image). Credit: © Photocreo Bednarek / stock.adobe.com Using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of testing positive with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood, suggests a study…

How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe

Global spread of coronavirus, concept illustration (stock image). Credit: © solvod / stock.adobe.com A new study combines evolutionary genomics from coronavirus samples with computer-simulated epidemics and detailed travel records to reconstruct the spread of coronavirus across the world in unprecedented detail. Published in the journal Science, the results suggest an extended period of missed opportunity…

Unconscious learning underlies belief in God, study suggests

Hands raised to sunset, prayer concept (stock image). Credit: © ipopba / stock.adobe.com Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, according to neuroscientists at Georgetown University. Their research, reported in…

When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you

Smiling friends (stock image). Credit: © fizkes / stock.adobe.com From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile -- how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or is there a scientific backing to the claim?…

COVID-19 lockdown caused 50 percent global reduction in human-linked Earth vibrations

Seismograph (stock image). Credit: © Anna / stock.adobe.com The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50% between March and May 2020. This quiet period, likely caused by the total global effect of social distancing measures, closure of services and industry, and drops in…

World population likely to shrink after mid-century, forecasting major shifts in...

Illustration of people forming a world map (stock image). Credit: © Mopic / stock.adobe.com Improvements in access to modern contraception and the education of girls and women are generating widespread, sustained declines in fertility, and world population will likely peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion, and then decline to about 8.8 billion by 2100…

Adolescents from disadvantaged neighborhoods show gene regulation differences

Epigenetics concept (stock image). Credit: © hafakot / stock.adobe.com The neighborhood a child grows up in may influence their health for years to come in previously invisible ways. A long-term study of 2,000 children born in England and Wales and followed to age 18 found that young adults raised in communities marked by more economic…

Centenarian study suggests living environment may be key to longevity

Senior walking in woods (stock image). Credit: © Stefan Körber / stock.adobe.com When it comes to living to the ripe old age of 100, good genes help but don't tell the full story. Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study conducted by…

COVID-19 lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, study finds

Child watching TV (stock image). Credit: © natmacstock / stock.adobe.com Lockdowns implemented across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted diet, sleep and physical activity among children with obesity, according to University at Buffalo research. The study, published in April in Obesity, examined 41 overweight children under confinement throughout March and April…

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the...

High temperature on thermometer (stock image). Credit: © nnudoo / Adobe Stock Most everyone knows that humid heat is harder to handle than the "dry" kind. And recently, some scientists have projected that later in the century, in parts of the tropics and subtropics, warming climate could cause combined heat and humidity to reach levels…

COVID-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality

Beijing (stock image). Credit: © Gang / Adobe Stock Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant -- ground-level ozone -- has increased in China, according to new research. Two new studies in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen…

Scientists find highest ever level of microplastics on seafloor

Microplastics in water (stock image). Credit: © dottedyeti / Adobe Stock An international research project has revealed the highest levels of microplastic ever recorded on the seafloor, with up to 1.9 million pieces in a thin layer covering just 1 square metre. Over 10 million tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year. Floating…

Insects: Largest study to date finds declines on land, but recoveries...

Butterfly against urban background (stock image). Credit: © Bianilys / Adobe Stock A worldwide compilation of long-term insect abundance studies shows that the number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. On average, there is a global decrease of 0.92% per year, which translates to approximately 24% over 30 years. At the same time, the number…

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