In a major breakthrough in brain sciences, scientists at Yale University have managed to partially revive activities in a brain of a pig, hours after it was slaughtered. Although they could not create an organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness, they preserved and revived several of the cellular...
by Sarah Sax, Mongabay The US is the world’s largest soy producer and historically has exported the majority of its soybeans to China. But after President Donald Trump’s high China tariffs resulted in a Chinese retaliation of a 25 percent import tariff on US agricultural goods last year, United...
Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Workplace wellness programs have become an $8 billion industry in the U.S. But a study published Tuesday in JAMA found they don’t cut costs for employers, reduce absenteeism or improve workers’ health. Most large employers offer some type of wellness program — with growth fueled by...
Since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in last April, 60,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country in fear of their lives, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has said. While the refugees comprise of a diverse set of people including doctors, journalists, students and farmers, families with young children are now taking extreme...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Changes in temperature and rainfall could drastically reduce maize yields by the end of the century in northeast Brazil, one of the country's poorest and most vulnerable regions, environmental experts warn. A study to be published in May in the journal Agricultural Water Management simulated...
Harriet Blair Rowan The end of California’s drought, announced last month amid one of the rainiest winters in memory, could offer a surprising benefit: reduced transmission of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Longer term, however, more severe droughts associated with climate change could contribute to an increase in the number of...
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy against the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap. The efforts — funded with roughly $8 million from the federal government’s Centers...
Marcos Barros, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) As shown by the February 2019 attack on a BBC cameraman by a Donald Trump supporter in El Paso, Texas, the January assault of journalists in Rome by far-right activists, the impossibility for journalists to cover events in Kashmir, especially after the recent...
New York city has declared an emergency to contain a measles outbreak began in the fall, under which 285 cases have been reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered residents of Brooklyn to get the vaccine or face fines up to $1,000. While the cases were mostly reported from the ultra-Orthodox...
A group of researchers has shown that age-related losses in working memory can be reversed, through electric brain stimulation, giving new hope for the treatment of disorders linked to poor working memory, such as dementia, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers studied the brain functioning of 42 people aged 20–29 and 42...

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