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All That Glitters Isn't Litter

A new plant-based material sparkles without plastics. That could be better for the environment—but it's also harder to make in industrial quantities.

 

Lather Up for National Handwashing Awareness Week

This year, National Handwashing Awareness Week, December 5-11, comes at a time when more people are returning to their offices, children are back in school, and people are out and about in preparation for the holidays. All these factors can facilitate the spread not only of COVID-19, but also the flu, norovirus, and other infectious pathogens. Proper handwashing can help keep these germs at bay.

 

Battery 'dream technology' is a step closer to reality with new discovery

A sodium-sulfur battery created by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin solves one of the biggest hurdles that has held back the technology as a commercially viable alternative to the ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries that power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles.

 

A toxic neighbor: Grand Prairie Latinos want answers about hazardous waste site

Numerous residents in the predominantly Latino Burbank Gardens neighborhood said they’ve been told little or nothing about air, soil and groundwater poisoned by TCE, a known human carcinogen.

 

Large Study Links Cannabis Use to Sleep Disruption, Especially Among Heavy Users

Getting roughly eight hours of sleep is crucial for most of us to avoid feeling like a zombie at work the next day. While some people use caffeine to keep alert during the day, others have turned to cannabis as a sleep aid.

 

Trouble in Toyland: Warnings about knock-offs, toxic parts, second-hand toys

Finding the perfect gift may be even more difficult this year thanks to supply chain issues. Parents might resort to buying toys second-hand or buying from companies they typically would not. But the product safety group behind the Trouble in Toyland report warns parents that doing so can be dangerous.​

 

The sunshine vitamin that ‘D’elivers on cardio health

Free from the sun, vitamin D delivers a natural source for one of the hormones essential to our bodies, especially the bones. But when you're down on this essential nutrient, it's not only your bones that could suffer, but also your cardio health, according to new research.

 

Pen-side test for bovine respiratory disease may save cattle industry millions, reduce antibiotic use

Sous-vide cooking has inspired an idea that took promising technology out of the lab and into the barn. Researchers at Purdue University have successfully developed an on-site bovine respiratory disease test that provides results within an hour.

 

Illustrating how exercise really is medicine

Have you been upping your fitness regime only to find you're not really shifting the dial when it comes to exercise benefits?

 

Minimal effort required: A ten-minute run can boost brain processing

Researchers found that as little as ten minutes of moderate-intensity running could benefit mental health. In study participants, both mood and cognitive functions improved, and the activation of bilateral prefrontal subregions associated with cognitive function and mood also increased. These results demonstrate the potential advantages of exercise prescriptions for various conditions including mental health treatment.

 
 
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