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Saturday, December 28, 2019

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Newswise Weekend Edition Wire for 28-Dec-2019

***Newswise Weekend Edition***

The Weekend Edition is a collection of interesting, exceptional articles you may have missed from the week. Articles are chosen by the editorial team at Newswise.

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Medical News

Plant-rich diet protects mice against foodborne infection, UTSW researchers find

Mice fed a plant-rich diet are less susceptible to gastrointestinal (GI) infection from a pathogen such as the one currently under investigation for a widespread E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, UT Southwestern researchers report.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Microbiology

Embargo expired on 23-Dec-2019 at 11:00 ET

Progressive Gender Beliefs in Teen Boys May Be Protective Against Violence

Teenage boys who witness their peers abusing women and girls are much more likely to bully and fight with others, as well as behave abusively toward their dates, compared to teenage boys who don’t witness such behaviors, according to a new study.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

American Journal of Preventive Medicine; U01CE002528

Diet has rapid effects on sperm quality

Sperm are influenced by diet, and the effects arise rapidly. This is the conclusion of a study by researchers at Linköping University, in which healthy young men were fed a diet rich in sugar.

– Linkoping University

PLOS Biology

For restricted eaters, a place at the table but not the meal

People with restricted diets – due to allergies, health issues or religious or cultural norms – are more likely to feel lonely when they can’t share in what others are eating, new Cornell University research shows.

– Cornell University

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nov.-2019

Combating the effects of gloomy weather

SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. There are methods, like light therapy, that can help.

– UW Medicine

Science News

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Scientists have developed space junk identification systems, but it has proven tricky to pinpoint the swift, small specks of space litter. A unique set of algorithms for laser ranging telescopes, described in the Journal of Laser Applications, by AIP...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Laser Applications

Embargo expired on 24-Dec-2019 at 11:00 ET

Chimpanzees More Likely to Share Tools, Teach Skills When Task Is Complex

Teach a chimpanzee to fish for insects to eat, and you feed her for a lifetime. Teach her a better way to use tools in gathering prey, and you may change the course of evolution.For most wild chimpanzees, tool use is an important part of life — but...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Snowmageddon warnings in North America come from tropics more than Arctic stratosphere

Winter weather patterns in North America are dictated by changes to the polar vortex winds high in the atmosphere, but the most significant cold snaps are more likely influenced by the tropics, scientists have found.

– University of Reading

Geophysical Research Letters

Powder, not gas: A safer, more effective way to create a star on Earth

PPPL scientists have found that sprinkling a type of powder into fusion plasma could aid in harnessing the ultra-hot gas within a tokamak facility to produce heat to create electricity without producing greenhouse gases or long-term radioactive waste...

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Nuclear Fusion, Oct-2019





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