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Ocean Acidification Study Offers Warnings for Marine Life, Habitats

Acidification of the world’s oceans could drive a cascading loss of biodiversity in some marine habitats, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change.

Researchers Develop Soft, Microfluidic 'Lab on the Skin' for Sweat Analysis

A Northwestern University research team has developed a first-of-its-kind soft, flexible microfluidic device that easily adheres to the skin and measures the wearer’s sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise. A little larger than a quarter and about the same thickness, the simple, low-cost device analyzes key biomarkers to help a person decide quickly if any adjustments, such as drinking more water or replenishing electrolytes, need to be made or if something is medically awry.

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Reliance on Reason, Evidence as a Moral Issue Measured in Study

While some people rely more on reason and evidence than others when deciding on their beliefs, a new report suggests people can also come to see a reliance on reason and evidence as a moral issue – to see the rationality of another's beliefs as indicative of their morality.

Right Timing Is Crucial in Life

Humans, as well as many other organisms, possess internal clocks. The exact timing, however, can differ between individuals – for instance, some people are early risers whereas others are "night owls". Neurobiologist Kristin Tessmar-Raible and her team at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna investigated that underlie such timing variations or "chronotypes". The non-biting midge Clunio marinus has two internal clocks, since it times its reproduction according to sun and moon. The team around Tessmar-Raible and Postdoc Tobias Kaiser were now able to identify relevant genes for this adaptation, and published their results in the current issue of "Nature".

Study Shows Alarming Disparities in Health Outcomes Could Be Prevented by Breastfeeding

Lack of paid leave and outdated maternity care are barriers to breastfeeding that disproportionately impact families of color. This is the first study to show how these disparities translate into differences in health outcomes.

Hurricane Risk to Northeast USA Coast Increasing, Research Warns

The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research.

Black-White Earnings Gap Returns to 1950 Levels

After decades of progress, earnings gap between black and white men is back at 1950 levels.

Protein and Salt Drive Post-Meal Sleepiness

Sleepiness after a large meal is something we all experience, and new research with fruit flies suggests higher protein and salt content in our food, as well as the volume consumed, can lead to longer naps.

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This week's highlights of the week include: Researchers warn their could be more hurricanes in store for the Northeastern coast of US; Black-White earnings gap returns to 1950 levels; Protein and salt content in our food could lead to more naps; Common probiotics could relieve stress; Sexism can lead to mental health issues.