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Drinking during pregnancy alters the structure of an unborn baby’s brain

Drinking during pregnancy is a combination doctors tell women to avoid at all costs. Now, a new study reveals that alcohol can alter the structure of an unborn baby’s brain.

 

Chemical pollutants disrupt reproduction in anemonefish, study finds

Ocean pollution is unfortunately becoming more commonplace, raising concerns over the effect of chemicals that are leaching into the water. In a new study, researchers have discovered how these chemicals can affect the reproduction in common anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris.

 

An Actual 'Addiction' to Binge-Watching TV Could Be More Real Than You Think

Today, millions of us regularly consume our favorite series in this way. The proliferation of streaming services over recent years has made it very easy to do. Unsurprisingly, during COVID lockdowns, research shows many of us spent more time binge-watching than usual. But can binge-watching become problematic or addictive? And if you can't tear yourself away, what can you do?

 

Microplastic pollution aids antibiotic resistance

Microplastics dispersed in the environment may enhance antibiotic resistance. A study found the chemical-leaching plastics draw bacteria and other vectors and make them susceptible to antibiotic resistant genes.

 

Probiotics improve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Researchers found that probiotics significantly improve the symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea, vomiting and constipation. Nausea and vomiting affect about 85% of pregnancies and can significantly impact quality of life, particularly during early pregnancy

 

Honeybees Survived for Weeks Under Volcano Ash After Canary Islands Eruption

For roughly 50 days, thousands of honeybees sealed themselves in their hives, away from deadly gas, and feasted on honey. “It is a very empowering story,” one entomologist said.

 

COVID saw us sitting longer, and diabetes rose globally by 16% in 2 years

New figures show global diabetes prevalence has increased by 16% in the past two years, with 537 million adults (aged 20–79) now estimated to be living with the chronic condition.

 

Toxins found in disposable plastic face masks may harm humans and the environment

Since the pandemic, the demand for disposable plastic face masks (DPFs) has soared. In 2020, production facilities, mainly in China, produced over 52 billion masks – some up to 450 million per day. Although they are “single-use” items, estimates show it could take up to 450 years for face masks to degrade. Making matters worse, a recent study finds these masks may be spreading harmful toxins into the environment.

 

Amazon Assists Research Into Solar Geoengineering to Lower Temperatures

Amazon is helping researchers look into what would happen if we tried to lessen the impacts of the climate crisis by blocking the sun.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, December 4, 2021

Weather and temperature whiplash scenarios are truly taking a toll on the remaining web of life that has so far managed to survive the relentless onslaught. With ecological collapse accelerating by the day, how much longer do we have if we remain on the current course?

 
 
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