From circus-like shows to wildlife selfies, animals are routinely abused and exploited at zoos, aquariums for entertainment
From circus-like shows to wildlife selfies, animals are routinely abused and exploited at zoos, aquariums for entertainment

World Animal Protection documented cruel and demeaning performances and activities in over 1,200 zoos and aquariums and found that 75% of venues offered at least one type of animal visitor interaction, including some "horrific" cases

Bullied, discriminated transgender college students face significantly higher risk of suicide
Bullied, discriminated transgender college students face significantly higher risk of suicide

Gender minority students are between two and four times more likely to experience mental health problems than the rest of their peers

Ordinary carbon dioxide exposures inside classrooms, offices or bedrooms could harm your health and even impact decision-making
Ordinary carbon dioxide exposures inside classrooms, offices or bedrooms could harm your health and even impact decision-making

Exposure to as low as 1,000 ppm can cause health problems, a threshold that is already exceeded in many indoor environments with increased room occupancy and poor ventilation, warn researchers

Scientists find microplastics in Arctic snow, suggesting significant air pollution even in remote locations
Scientists find microplastics in Arctic snow, suggesting significant air pollution even in remote locations

Analysis shows microplastics are transported by the atmosphere and then washed out of the air, especially by snow even in such remote regions like the Arctic and the Alps. Researchers call for urgent studies on its effects on human and animal health.

A quarter of the world’s tropical land could disappear by the end of the century if global demand for animal products continues to grow
A quarter of the world’s tropical land could disappear by the end of the century if global demand for animal products continues to grow

The production of animals has the highest footprint in terms of agricultural land use and a reduction in meat and dairy consumption can help protect natural land in regions of the world that harbour high numbers of species.

Weak political response to mass gun violence in US could be a product of culture
Weak political response to mass gun violence in US could be a product of culture

When researchers compared the US and New Zealand’s responses to gun violence, they found that the two countries are ‘worlds apart’ when it comes to reacting to and preventing firearm violence

Air pollution is as harmful to your lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day
Air pollution is as harmful to your lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

According to researchers, long-term exposure to all major outdoor air pollutants increases the development of chronic lung disease emphysema, and age-related decline in lung function, even among people who have never smoked

Droughts caused by climate change may be responsible for stunting millions of children globally
Droughts caused by climate change may be responsible for stunting millions of children globally

A new study shows that drought and rainfall extremes are explicitly linked with worse child nutrition, and some places are likely to see extreme increases in stunting under severe droughts

Species Wars: Sharks are now significantly smaller and rarer in areas closer to human population
Species Wars: Sharks are now significantly smaller and rarer in areas closer to human population

The body size and the number of sharks and other marine predators fall by 5% and 20% respectively at distances less than 1,250 km from human activity

Rapid, high ocean temperature spikes occurring at double the expected rate affecting marine ecosystems and humans
Rapid, high ocean temperature spikes occurring at double the expected rate affecting marine ecosystems and humans

The researchers, who identified these extreme ocean temperature "surprises" all over the world, say it will reduce diversity and productivity of marine ecosystems.

Climate change, overfishing could expose more people to toxic mercury through seafood
Climate change, overfishing could expose more people to toxic mercury through seafood

Analysis shows an increase of 1 degree Celsius in seawater temperature leads to a 32% increase in methylmercury levels in cod and a 70% increase in spiny dogfish

Earth’s biggest creatures on the brink of extinction as freshwater animals decline by 88%
Earth’s biggest creatures on the brink of extinction as freshwater animals decline by 88%

Scientists, for the first time, have quantified the decline of freshwater megafauna and found that their global populations have declined hugely from 1970 to 2012

Climate crisis: Simply reducing pollution will not save planet as agriculture is also revealed to be major culprit
Climate crisis: Simply reducing pollution will not save planet as agriculture is also revealed to be major culprit

A UN panel report prepared by 107 experts from 52 countries says that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change

Climate change: Extreme ocean heatwaves are destroying coral at an alarming rate, shocking new data reveals
Climate change: Extreme ocean heatwaves are destroying coral at an alarming rate, shocking new data reveals

Researchers show for the first time what really happens to corals during intense heatwaves and they reveal that it's not just coral animals that are affected

Concussion not the only problem in football: New study shows that even routine hits can cause structural damage to brain
Concussion not the only problem in football: New study shows that even routine hits can cause structural damage to brain

The researchers studied 38 players on the University of Rochester football team and found that typical hits sustained from playing just one season cause structural changes to the brain

Health breakthrough: Mini human livers grown in labs could bring hope to hundreds of thousands suffering fatal liver disease
Health breakthrough: Mini human livers grown in labs could bring hope to hundreds of thousands suffering fatal liver disease

The mini-livers grown from human stem cells can mimic many aspects of human non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its progression

Trump and Republicans blame video games for El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, but science says there is no link
Trump and Republicans blame video games for El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, but science says there is no link

Multiple studies have said that there is no evidence to support the theory that video games trigger violent behavior

More people die defending the environment in a year than soldiers in some war zones
More people die defending the environment in a year than soldiers in some war zones

According to a study, 4 people are killed every week defending the environment, a number that has doubled in 15 years

Black men 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police violence in US than white men
Black men 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police violence in US than white men

A research team estimated the risk of being killed by police use of force in the US by age, race, and sex, and found that across all groups, fatality risk peaked between the ages of 20 and 35 years

Heart disease, stroke-related deaths in developed countries on the rise due to obesity
Heart disease, stroke-related deaths in developed countries on the rise due to obesity

High and increasing obesity, among other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes, are jeopardizing further CVD-death declines in many countries

Alzheimer's blood test detects disease 20 years before symptoms appear with 94% accuracy in major breakthrough
Alzheimer's blood test detects disease 20 years before symptoms appear with 94% accuracy in major breakthrough

Researchers say they can measure levels of the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid-beta in the blood and use such levels to predict whether the protein has accumulated in the brain; Such a test could be available at doctors’ offices within a few years

Milky Way is not flat but warped and twisted, shows a detailed three-dimensional map of galaxy
Milky Way is not flat but warped and twisted, shows a detailed three-dimensional map of galaxy

New research provides a crucial and the most detailed map for studies of our galaxy’s stellar motions and the origins of the Milky Way’s disk. 

Climate Change: How our need to be cool is killing the planet
Climate Change: How our need to be cool is killing the planet

Researchers predict that global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050, mainly anticipated to arise from cooling and air-conditioning usage

Human trafficking victims distrust police and rarely seek help as they think force is biased, ill-trained
Human trafficking victims distrust police and rarely seek help as they think force is biased, ill-trained

Researchers examined police responses to human trafficking crimes in three US communities that varied in region, population size, and crime rates to determine why victims are reluctant to seek help

Racism in medical schools influences students’ decision to work with minority patients, communities
Racism in medical schools influences students’ decision to work with minority patients, communities

Study covering 49 medical schools, 3,756 students says negative behavior against minorities discourage them from working in underserved areas, indicating deep roots of structural racism in the profession too

Elephants face a jumbo threat as ivory poaching rides on ten-fold rise in prices after trade ban
Elephants face a jumbo threat as ivory poaching rides on ten-fold rise in prices after trade ban

Despite the international ivory trade ban of 1989, poaching associated with the trade is estimated to cause an 8% annual loss in the world elephant population.

Deadly drug-resistant bacteria that killed more than 2,000 people in 2015 rapidly spreading through hospitals, experts warn
Deadly drug-resistant bacteria that killed more than 2,000 people in 2015 rapidly spreading through hospitals, experts warn

Reseachers say hospitals in Europe are speeding up the spread of bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae, which are difficult to treat as they are resistant to carbapenems

Climate change affecting the way marine animals behave by damaging their senses, claims study
Climate change affecting the way marine animals behave by damaging their senses, claims study

Changes in temperature, salinity, or ocean acidification stresses the organism and could impair its ability to produce a cue or signal, which could affect mating, predator-prey interaction, and habitat selection

Childhood cancers resulted in 11.5 million years of healthy life lost globally in 2017, shows first study to quantify impact
Childhood cancers resulted in 11.5 million years of healthy life lost globally in 2017, shows first study to quantify impact

Collectively, childhood cancers are the 6th leading cause of total cancer burden worldwide after adult cancers of the lung, liver, stomach, colon, and breast; and the 9th leading cause of childhood disease burden globally.

Three new planets found outside solar system could explain why Earth and Neptune are so different
Three new planets found outside solar system could explain why Earth and Neptune are so different

The new planets will allow scientists to study this missing link between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes because here all of these types formed in the same system

In a first, researchers identify a class of bacteria that protects from obesity, metabolic disorders
In a first, researchers identify a class of bacteria that protects from obesity, metabolic disorders

The beneficial bacteria, Clostridia, prevents weight gain in mice by blocking the intestine's ability to absorb fat, pointing to possibilities for new therapies against obesity.

Global warming could be causing glaciers to melt underwater 100 times faster than previously estimated
Global warming could be causing glaciers to melt underwater 100 times faster than previously estimated

Using a new technique, researchers studied a tidewater glacier in Alaska and found that current theoretical models are underestimating glacial melt by up to two orders of magnitude

Utah amputee could ‘feel’ his wife’s touch when they shook hands, thanks to motorized prosthetic arm
Utah amputee could ‘feel’ his wife’s touch when they shook hands, thanks to motorized prosthetic arm

Researchers have developed a way for the prosthetic arm with fingers to mimic the way a human hand feels objects by sending the appropriate signals to the brain

Deadly fungal infection may have emerged due to global warming, cases reported from over 30 countries
Deadly fungal infection may have emerged due to global warming, cases reported from over 30 countries

The researchers suggest this is the beginning of fungi adapting to higher temperatures, and call for better surveillance systems

Medieval megadroughts that lasted for decades may soon return to American Southwest due to climate change
Medieval megadroughts that lasted for decades may soon return to American Southwest due to climate change

Global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, combined with future El Niño-Southern Oscillation events, will probably bring a new round of droughts in the near future, say researchers

Stronger earthquakes in US could be caused by high-density wastewater from oilfields
Stronger earthquakes in US could be caused by high-density wastewater from oilfields

Researchers used computational modeling and earthquake data analysis to find that earthquakes near oil fields could continue long after drilling stops

White police officers are not more likely to shoot minority citizens, says new study debunking popular view
White police officers are not more likely to shoot minority citizens, says new study debunking popular view

According to researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland, white police officers are not more likely to shoot minority citizens than black or Hispanic officers

Cosmic Cannibal: Milky Way slammed into dwarf galaxy 10 billion years ago and devoured its stars
Cosmic Cannibal: Milky Way slammed into dwarf galaxy 10 billion years ago and devoured its stars

10 billion years ago, after a violent collision between the primitive Milky Way and dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus, the stars of both went into “chaotic motion” and eventually formed the halo of the present Milky Way

Half of all harm to patients owing to medical error can be prevented, say researchers
Half of all harm to patients owing to medical error can be prevented, say researchers

According to the research, preventable patient harm not only causes public health concerns but also incurs a considerable opportunity cost

Easing of salt rules ‘responsible’ for more than 10,000 cases of stomach cancer and heart disease
Easing of salt rules ‘responsible’ for more than 10,000 cases of stomach cancer and heart disease

In 2011, England introduced the Public Health Responsibility Deal, a public-private partnership, which gave greater freedom to the food industry to set and monitor targets for salt intakes

‘Dentistry is in a state of crisis’: Big Sugar, alcohol and smoking are fuelling tooth decay and mouth cancer, warns study
‘Dentistry is in a state of crisis’: Big Sugar, alcohol and smoking are fuelling tooth decay and mouth cancer, warns study

According to a Lancet study, over 3.5 billion people worldwide are now suffering from various oral diseases

Highly toxic nanoparticles put urban young at high risk of heart diseases, say researchers
Highly toxic nanoparticles put urban young at high risk of heart diseases, say researchers

This is the first study to establish a direct link between the presence of iron-rich nanoparticles in peoples’ hearts to significant cardiac damage even in children as young as three.

Red wine compound can help astronauts going to Mars stay strong by preventing their muscles from weakening
Red wine compound can help astronauts going to Mars stay strong by preventing their muscles from weakening

A new study found that the antioxidant substantially preserves muscle mass and strength in rats which were exposed to the 'wasting effects' of simulated Mars gravity

Jeffrey Epstein is a predatory sociopath who feeds on vulnerabilities of the young without fear of consequence, says expert
Jeffrey Epstein is a predatory sociopath who feeds on vulnerabilities of the young without fear of consequence, says expert

Millionaires like Epstein think they are superior and thus have the right to exploit others for their desires and needs, says Dr. Steven Berkowitz, an expert in child and adolescent psychiatry

Early death among people with mental illness mostly due to poor physical health and can be prevented
Early death among people with mental illness mostly due to poor physical health and can be prevented

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission found that a range of mental illnesses are associated with a lifelong burden of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which can cause premature deaths

Millions of Americans to face dangerously hot days in coming decades as climate change may shatter heat index
Millions of Americans to face dangerously hot days in coming decades as climate change may shatter heat index

Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi will experience the largest rise in extreme heat, a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists warns

Radiation on Marshall Islands up to 1,000 times higher than Chernobyl or Fukushima
Radiation on Marshall Islands up to 1,000 times higher than Chernobyl or Fukushima

From 1946 to 1958, 67 nuclear weapons were tested in the Marshall Islands, a remote constellation of atolls in the Pacific Ocean, which was then a US trust territory.

Nutrient pollution was killing coral reefs long before climate change, claims study
Nutrient pollution was killing coral reefs long before climate change, claims study

The analysis shows nitrogen loading from the Florida Keys and greater Everglades ecosystem caused by humans, rather than warming temperature, to be the primary driver of coral reef degradation at Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area

Porn and Netflix are killing the planet as new study reveals video streaming produces 300m tonnes of CO2 each year
Porn and Netflix are killing the planet as new study reveals video streaming produces 300m tonnes of CO2 each year

Almost every electronic device requires electricity that is mostly generated using fossil fuels which produce carbon dioxide and contribute to the emmision of greenhouse gases

Risk of dementia can be significantly reduced with regular exercise and proper diet no matter what your genes say
Risk of dementia can be significantly reduced with regular exercise and proper diet no matter what your genes say

The research found that the risk of dementia was 32% lower in people with a high genetic risk if they follow healthy behaviors such as regular physical activity, healthy diet, no smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption

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