Brain stays conscious after death

A new study has found that the brain remains conscious for a few minutes after death. Brain scans – The brain stays conscious for a few minutes after death, according to new research.   Researchers have discovered that brain function continues after the …

Study: U.S. alcohol deaths have doubled since 1997

A separate study shows that binge drinkers are also ordering more rounds. By Stephen Johnson – From 1997 to 2017, alcohol-related deaths among Americans aged 16 and older doubled from 35,914 to 72,558. From 2011 to 2017, the average number of drinks consumed …

Scientists Design Bacteria-Based Living Concrete

Its designers hope that it could help with construction in deserts or even on Mars. Photosynthetic bacteria in the concrete make it bright green until it dries and turns brown. (Courtesy of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Colorado University Boulder) …

Cows Communicate With Unique Moos

A new study has found that the animals use distinct vocalizations across a range of emotional contexts. Researcher Alexandra Green, recording cows (Lynne Gardner/University of Sydney). By Brigit Katz, Smithsonianmag.com – Should you encounter a herd of cows munching on a field of …

What if life is a contagious, interplanetary disease?

New research tracks a rocky, interstellar object’s ability to transport life to another planet. By Passant Rabie – Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was under attack. The planet’s surface was bombarded by asteroid after asteroid and a whole host of other interstellar …

 

Is the world running out of fresh water?

Increasing temperatures and populations threaten a precious element and pose a serious problem. What can we do about protecting our most vital resource? By Tim Smedley – The next time you open a can of soft drink, consider where the water inside it …

The air that makes you fat

Some puzzling studies appear to show that tiny airborne particles may contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Should we be concerned? By David Robson – Take a deep breath, and exhale. Depending on where you live, that life-giving lungful of air might …

How air pollution is doing more than killing us

The air we breathe could be changing our behavior in ways we are only just beginning to understand. By Melissa Hogenboom / Images by Emmanuel Lafont – * This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2019” collection. Discover more of our picks. …

Lethal algae blooms – an ecosystem out of balance

Toxic formations across the US and the Baltic are part of a worrying trend linked to the climate crisis and farming methods. By Jeremy Hance – A harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2017.  Photograph: Zachary Haslick/Aerial Associates Photography/NOAA.   On …

The best space photos of 2019

By Michael Irving – A composite image comprised of optical data from the Isaac Newton Telescope and X-ray data from Chandra showing the stellar association Cygnus OB2.  X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Drake et al; H-alpha: Univ. of Hertfordshire/INT/IPHAS; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Spitzer. – The cosmic beauty of space …

Tiny zaps used to kill stubborn warts

By Ben Coxworth – Treatment-resistant warts, along with other skin lesions, may be no match for nano-pulse stimulation.  Tiler84/Depositphotos. – Although it’s possible to remove warts by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, they often grow back, requiring multiple treatments. New research, however, suggests …

A surprising way of showing gratitude

It’s almost an unthinkable practice in our modern era and one that may teach us a lot about generosity: giving to your community until you have little else to give. By Cat Perry – In remote fishing communities across southeast Alaska live the …

Brain stays conscious after death

A new study has found that the brain remains conscious for a few minutes after death. Brain scans – The brain stays conscious for a few minutes after death, according to new research.   Researchers have discovered that brain function continues after the …

Study: U.S. alcohol deaths have doubled since 1997

A separate study shows that binge drinkers are also ordering more rounds. By Stephen Johnson – From 1997 to 2017, alcohol-related deaths among Americans aged 16 and older doubled from 35,914 to 72,558. From 2011 to 2017, the average number of drinks consumed …

Scientists Design Bacteria-Based Living Concrete

Its designers hope that it could help with construction in deserts or even on Mars. Photosynthetic bacteria in the concrete make it bright green until it dries and turns brown. (Courtesy of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Colorado University Boulder) …

Cows Communicate With Unique Moos

A new study has found that the animals use distinct vocalizations across a range of emotional contexts. Researcher Alexandra Green, recording cows (Lynne Gardner/University of Sydney). By Brigit Katz, Smithsonianmag.com – Should you encounter a herd of cows munching on a field of …