Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a method that can remove nearly 100 percent of toxic mercury from contaminated water. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said that the electrochemical process works by encouraging mercury ions to form an alloy with another metal. This effectively draws the heavy metal out of the … Continue reading Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Federal court nixes FDA’s approval of genetically engineered “Frankenfish”

In a major win for wild salmon, the Court for the Northern District of California ruled on Nov. 5 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored potential environmental consequences in its approval of genetically engineered salmon produced by the Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. District Judge Vince Chhabria also said that the FDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and … Continue reading Federal court nixes FDA’s approval of genetically engineered “Frankenfish”

The Epigenetics Behind Unique Human Faces

Here’s a strange question many people probably have not given much thought to: why are our faces shaped the way they are? We know that no two faces are perfectly alike, but why exactly might one person have a long nose and another a small forehead? How is it that our earlobes are attached to … Continue reading The Epigenetics Behind Unique Human Faces

Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Changes Could Affect the Epigenetic Regulation of Your Skin

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire world, and many countries have been devastated by the fallout. As this virus swept the world, it has not only changed many aspects of the global economy but also has transformed the way we live our everyday lives. The skin is one of the major body parts that have been impacted by the … Continue reading Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Changes Could Affect the Epigenetic Regulation of Your Skin

Low-Cal Diet Could Change Epigenetic Patterns in Obesity-Related Disease

Obesity is a disease characterized by excessive body fat. It can be caused by environment, a person’s early-life nutrition, and it can even be a result of their parent’s diet. Obesity is so dangerous because associated with many diseases such as hypertension, type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. How does extra weight cause so many different problems? Many studies … Continue reading Low-Cal Diet Could Change Epigenetic Patterns in Obesity-Related Disease

Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

A new study reveals that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. Researchers from Harvard University looked at the impact of particles less than 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5) from various sources, such as vehicle exhausts, on COVID-19 health outcomes. According to their findings, which appeared in the journal Science Advances, even … Continue reading Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

Weird Nature and stormquakes: Hurricanes or strong storms can trigger seismic events in nearby oceans, report scientists

A study published in the Geophysical Research Letters suggests that hurricanes or even just really strong storms can trigger seismic events called “stormquakes” in the nearby ocean. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU), the University of California, San Diego and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts analyzed more than a decade of seismic and oceanographic records. They found a strong correlation … Continue reading Weird Nature and stormquakes: Hurricanes or strong storms can trigger seismic events in nearby oceans, report scientists

REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to a heightened risk of death due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, new research has estimated the proportion of COVID-19 deaths worldwide that could be attributed to air pollution. Published late October in the journal Cardiovascular Research, the study revealed that roughly 15 percent (or more than 180,000) COVID-19 deaths worldwide … Continue reading REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

German environmental scientist says so-called “climate catastrophe” not taking place

The so-called climate catastrophe projected to peak in 12 years is simply “not taking place,” according to Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the founders of Germany’s modern environmental movement. On the contrary, humans have about three generations’ time to push for cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. In an interview with leading German journalist Roland Tichy, … Continue reading German environmental scientist says so-called “climate catastrophe” not taking place

Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

It’s no secret that air pollution can damage the lungs and the heart. But new research suggests that exposure to polluted air can trigger neurodegeneration as well. In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, an international team of researchers described how they found tiny air pollution particles lodged in the brain stems of young people. Alongside … Continue reading Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s