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Peanuts and herbs and spices may positively impact gut microbiome

Adding a daily ounce of peanuts or about a teaspoon of herbs and spices to your diet may affect the composition of gut bacteria, an indicator of overall health, according to new research from Penn State. In two separate studies, nutritional scientists studied the effects of small changes to the average American diet and found improvements to the gut microbiome.


Teenage brains aged faster during the pandemic from stress, anxiety: study

Research also showed structural changes in the brain and changes to parts responsible for memory, concentration, learning, emotion, reactivity and judgment


Applications Open for $80 Million in Funding for Energy Improvements in Public Schools

The Biden administration has opened up applications for public schools to access $80 million in grants for funding energy improvements. The Renew America’s Schools grant program will service high-need K-12 school districts. The funding is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


Fungi in sink drains act as 'reservoirs for mold'

Sinks and P-traps are home to a surprising number of fungal organisms, according to research from the University of Reading.


Engineers use quantum computing to develop transparent window coating that blocks heat, saves energy

Cooling accounts for about 15 percent of global energy consumption. Conventional clear windows allow the sun to heat up interior spaces, which energy-guzzling air-conditioners must then cool down. But what if a window could help cool the room, use no energy and preserve the view?


Study finds that government-implemented warning labels can help reducing poor-nutrition related diseases

The adoption of best practice front-of-pack nutrition labeling in more countries of the Americas can help reduce poor-nutrition related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers in the region, a recent study led by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) suggests.


The EU’s first ‘ecocide’ trial: toxic chemicals found in French homes

Grézieu-La-Varenne, a small town in Eastern France, has unexpectedly become part of an international environmental debate. After dangerous levels of pollution were uncovered, a criminal ‘ecocide’ investigation is underway, the first of its kind in the EU.


How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle

It began as a visionary notion—that patients could die with dignity at home. Now it’s a twenty-two-billion-dollar industry plagued by exploitation.


US company turns air pollution into fuel, bottles and dresses

At LanzaTech's lab in the Chicago suburbs, a beige liquid bubbles away in dozens of glass vats.The concoction includes billions of hungry bacteria, specialized to feed on polluted air—the first step in a recycling system that converts greenhouse gases into usable products.


Evidence of PFAS in sanitary and incontinence pads

Twenty-two sanitary pads, panty liners and incontinence pads have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.

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