UCLA-led team develops ways to keep buildings cool with improved super white paints
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University of Guam: Two climate patterns predict coral bleaching months earlier
A research team led by UCLA materials scientists has demonstrated ways to make super white paint that reflects as much as 98% of incoming heat from the sun. The advance shows practical pathways for designing paints that, if used on rooftops and other parts of a building, could significantly reduce cooling costs, beyond what standard white 'cool-roof' paints can achieve.
Value-based payments disproportionately impact safety-net hospitals
A new study by the Marine Laboratory at the University of Guam may help researchers predict coral bleaching months earlier than current tools, and, for the first time, may help predict invasion events of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish. The study was published on May 8 in Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed journal published by Nature Research.
When is someone old?
A new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, in collaboration with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, shows that value-based incentive programs aimed at reducing health care-associated infections did not improve infection rates in either safety-net or non-safety-net hospitals. Published in JAMA Network Open, these results also demonstrate persistent disparities between infection...
Where did the Asian longhorned ticks in the US come from?
Populations around the world are living longer lives than was the norm just a few decades ago, presenting governments with significant challenges in terms of caring for their growing elderly populations. According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, understanding how to assess who is elderly is a crucial first step for our understanding of population aging.
New Zealand: man with Covid-19 absconds from quarantine for supermarket 'dash'
The invasive population of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States likely began with three or more self-cloning females from northeastern Asia, according to a Rutgers-led study. Asian longhorned ticks outside the U.S. can carry debilitating diseases. In the United States and elsewhere they can threaten livestock and pets. The new study, published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health,...
New Zealand opposition MP who leaked details of Covid-19 patients steps down
Man charged over latest breach of quarantine as country deals with influx of returning citizens during the coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA man in compulsory isolation has absconded from a quarantine hotel in New Zealand to make a late-night “spur-of-the-moment” dash to the supermarket before testing positive for Covid-19 the following...
New government unit to take over Covid response
Actions by Hamish Walker have dealt a blow to the National party weeks away from an electionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn opposition MP in New Zealand has announced he will not stand at September’s election after he confessed to leaking private details about all of the country’s active Covid-19 cases to several news outlets.The leak by Hamish Walker, a member...
How some businesses are using AI to make sure customers are wearing masks
There are questions over whether the Joint Biosecurity Centre has the expertise needed for the job.
Coronavirus live news: US to leave WHO as organisation warns crisis accelerating
As masks become mandatory indoors in Toronto to fight the spread of COVID-19, and other parts of the GTA look to follow suit, some businesses are turning to artificial intelligence to make sure customers are following the...
Animals who try to sound 'bigger' are good at learning sounds
US gives notice of withdrawal next year; Joe Biden says he would return the US to the WHO if elected; Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19. Follow the latest updatesWHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spreadUS officially notifies World Health Organization of its withdrawalBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirusAustralia: Melbourne returns to...
Bright feathers, bright brains: hummingbirds 'can order numerically'
Some animals fake their body size by sounding bigger than they actually are. Maxime Garcia from the University of Zurich and Andrea Ravignani from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics studied 164 different mammals and found that animals that lower their voices to sound bigger are often skilled vocalists. Both strategies—sounding bigger and learning sounds—are likely driven by sexual...
Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale'
Study claims tiny creatures can order things in sequence, but researchers say it does not confirm they can countHummingbirds are not only bright in appearance but also in brain, it would seem, with new research suggesting the tiny creatures are able to understand a numerical concept of order.While hummingbirds have previously been found to visit flowers in particular sequences when foraging,...
How long to play dead in order to stay alive?
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.
Clean energy grids and electric vehicles key to beating climate change and air pollution
Many animals remain motionless or play dead after being attacked by a predator in the hope that it will give up and move onto some other unfortunate prey.
Men and younger adults less active in lockdown
Any uptake in electric vehicle use must be mirrored by the development of clean energy grids to mitigate both climate change and air pollution.
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Strain of E. coli may offer protections against its more malevolent cousins
New research indicates that men and younger adults have been less physically active during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Famous 'Jurassic Park' dinosaur is less lizard, more bird
Researchers say E. coli Nissle may protect human cells against other more pathogenic strains of E. coli such as E. coli 0157:H7, which is commonly associated with contaminated hamburger meat.
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Algae species discovered infesting NW Hawaiian waters has been identified
From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie 'Jurassic Park,' where it's depicted as a venom-spitting beast with a rattling frill around its neck and two paddle-like crests on its head. But a new comprehensive analysis of Dilophosaurus fossils is helping to set the record straight, finding that the...
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High water in Interior lake threatening homes is good for ecosystem and should be left alone, biologist says
A newly-identified, fast-growing species of algae poses a major threat to coral reefs and the ocean ecosystem in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Residents of Stump Lake, B.C want some of the water from the lake to be drained, because the high water is damaging their properties. But a retired fisheries biologist said the water level is the lake’s natural high level, which promotes a healthy...