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Omicron’s Effect Won’t Be as Mild as Hoped

When news of the novel coronavirus’s Omicron variant first broke over the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., the sense of dread and fatigue was palpable. Just when the COVID pandemic’s outlook had started to improve, we were faced with...

Perceptual links between sound and shape may unlock origins of

Most people around the world agree that the made-up word 'bouba' sounds round in shape, and the made-up word 'kiki' sounds pointy -- a discovery that may help to explain how spoken languages develop, according to a new study....

Consumption behavior identifies boy-girl gender discrimination in Chinese households

Yufei Zhang, Ph.D. Credit: University of Alabama at...

Having impostor syndrome may actually make you better at your

People who are less confident at work were rated as having better interpersonal skills, suggesting there may be upsides to impostor syndrome ...

Lost Women of Science Podcast, Bonus Episode: The Resignation

In 1949, at the height of his career, Rustin McIntosh, director of pediatrics at Columbia University’s Babies Hospital, submitted his letter of resignation. Scott Baird, who wrote a biography on pathologist Dorothy Andersen, takes us back to this pivotal...

When humans are gone, what animals might evolve to have

Humans are pretty unique among life on Earth. As far as we know, we're the only living species to evolve a higher intelligence, wear clothes, cook our food, invent smartphones and then get locked out of them when we...

There may be more bird species in the tropics than

Study of a perky little bird suggests there may be far more avian species in the tropics than those identified so far. After a genetic study of the White-crowned Manakin, scientists say it's not just one species and one...

Bacteria as climate heroes

Acetogens are a group of bacteria that can metabolise formate. For example, they form acetic acid -- an important basic chemical. If these bacteria were manipulated to produce ethanol or lactic acid, a comprehensive circular economy for the greenhouse...

New group of antibacterial molecules identified

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Umeå University, and the University of Bonn have identified a new group of molecules that have an antibacterial effect against many antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since the properties of the molecules can easily be altered chemically, the...

41,000 years ago, auroras blazed near the equator

If you want to be dazzled by a spectacular northern lights display, your best bet is to skywatch near the North Pole. But that wasn't the case 41,000 years ago, when a disruption of Earth's magnetic field sent auroras...
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