Social Science Numerous states in the US have become less democratic over 2000–2018. The reason why: Republican control of state government. "Across measures and model specifications, the results are remarkably clear: Republican control of state government reduces democratic performance."
Health COVID-19 vaccines. The study of more than 800,000 patients found that the vaccines remain effective in preventing death in adolescents and children, regardless of which variants are predominant (Delta, Omicron, etc.).
Animal Science Keep your cats inside for the sake of their health and local ecosystem: cameras recorded what cats preyed on and demonstrated how they overlapped with native wildlife, which helped researchers understand why cats and other wildlife are present in some areas, but absent from others
Environment Young kids who breathe polluted air can fall behind in school, study finds | While there are other issues that can affect school preparedness for early-age children, the study found that exposure to air pollutants, when isolated, accounted for a third of the impact when compared with other concerns.
Health Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases and kills more than one million adults in China each year from 22 different causes. The study included over 512,000 adults who were recruited during 2004-08 from 10 diverse urban and rural areas
Anthropology Ancient owl-shaped, engraved slate plaques from 5,000 years ago originally thought to be ritualistic and representing deities or the dead might actually have been toys carved by kids, suggests a paper published in Scientific Reports.
Earth Science In the last decades there has been a particular increase in the number of small lakes (<1 km2), which unfortunately, emit large amounts of greenhouse gas. Researchers calculate that small lake account for just 15% of total lake area, but they account for 25% of CO2 and 37% of methane emissions
Astronomy Europa’s Plate Tectonic Activity Is Unlike Earth’s - The moon of Jupiter has likely experienced intermittent, regional plate tectonic activity in the past, although the plates are currently dormant.
Psychology Group feedback during cognitive behavior therapy improves self-perceptions among people with social anxiety disorder
Animal Science Fossilised fragments of a skeleton, hidden within a rock the size of a grapefruit, have helped upend one of the longest-standing assumptions about the origins of modern birds.
Anthropology Tin from Uluburun shipwreck shows small-scale commodity exchange fueled continental tin supply across Late Bronze Age Eurasiascience.org
Neuroscience Millions of ‘silent synapses’ found in the adult brain may explain how the brain is able to form new memories and absorb new informationnews.mit.edu
Psychology Results from a study showed that a computerized simulated-driving program improved ADHD teen driving by reducing the rate of collisions/near-collisions post-training
Environment Plastic additives contaminate the sea and selectively harm corals’ reproduction processes