Timing of brain injury in being pregnant, birth may impact motor and language outcomes

Journal Reference: Alice Ramirez, Shabnam Peyvandi, Stephany Cox, Dawn Gano, Duan Xu, Olga Tymofiyeva, Patrick S. McQuillen. Neonatal brain injury influences structural connectivity and childhood functional outcomes. PLOS ONE, 2022; 17 (1): e0262310 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262310 The study, published today in PLOS ONE and led by UCSF pediatrics, neurology and radiology researchers, used diffusion MRI to … Read more

Mitigating environmental impact of herbicides

Journal Reference: Stephen M. Sharkey, Brent J. Williams, Kimberly M. Parker. Herbicide Drift from Genetically Engineered Herbicide-Tolerant Crops. Environmental Science & Technology, 2021; 55 (23): 15559 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c01906 To learn more about how the different chemical agents interact in herbicide formulations, a team of researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in … Read more

Greenland’s nutrients altering, with global impact

Journal Reference: Maria Vernet, Ingrid Ellingsen, Christian Marchese, Simon Bélanger, Mattias Cape, Dag Slagstad, Patricia A. Matrai. Spatial variability in rates of net primary production (NPP) and onset of the spring bloom in Greenland shelf waters. Progress in Oceanography, 2021; 198: 102655 DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2021.102655 The researchers found that the seasonal availability of carbon produced by … Read more

Nitrogen’s impact on soil carbon sequestration

Journal Reference: Tanjila Jesmin, Dakota T. Mitchell, Richard L. Mulvaney. Short-Term Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization on Carbon Mineralization during Corn Residue Decomposition in Soil. Nitrogen, 2021; 2 (4): 444 DOI: 10.3390/nitrogen2040030 So why, despite decades of residue inputs, is soil organic carbon diminishing in corn production systems? Short answer: it’s the nitrogen. “With intensive nitrogen … Read more

The limited impact of sanctions on Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on November 30, 2021, in Minsk. NIKOLAY PETROV / AP Belarus was absent from the Eastern Partnership summit, Wednesday, December 15, in Brussels. Targeted by a series of sanctions since the presidential election of August 9, 2020, the regime boycotted the meeting, which usually brings together, in addition to this country, … Read more

Size doesn’t matter: Rock composition determines how deadly a meteorite impact is

Journal Reference: M.J. Pankhurst, C.J. Stevenson, B.C. Coldwell. Meteorites that produce K-feldspar-rich ejecta blankets correspond to mass extinctions. Journal of the Geological Society, 2021; jgs2021-055 DOI: 10.1144/jgs2021-055 The earth has been bombarded by meteorites throughout its long history. Meteorite impacts generate atmospheric dust and cover the Earth’s surface with debris and have long been considered … Read more

Environment: report denounces the ever more harmful impact of large European meat and dairy companies

Despite the climate crisis, greenhouse gas emissions from European giants of the meat and dairy industry continue to rise. This is the conclusion ofa report published, Monday, December 13, par l’Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). This NGO based in Minneapolis (United States), but also having an office in Berlin, Germany, reviews thirty-five of … Read more

Dinosaurs’ last spring: Study pinpoints timing of Chicxulub asteroid impact

Journal Reference: Robert A. DePalma, Anton A. Oleinik, Loren P. Gurche, David A. Burnham, Jeremy J. Klingler, Curtis J. McKinney, Frederick P. Cichocki, Peter L. Larson, Victoria M. Egerton, Roy A. Wogelius, Nicholas P. Edwards, Uwe Bergmann, Phillip L. Manning. Seasonal calibration of the end-cretaceous Chicxulub impact event. Scientific Reports, 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-03232-9 … Read more

Chemicals from hair and beauty products impact hormones, especially during pregnancy

Journal Reference: Zorimar Rivera-Núñez, Pahriya Ashrap, Emily S. Barrett, Adana A.M. Llanos, Deborah J. Watkins, Amber L. Cathey, Carmen M. Vélez-Vega, Zaira Rosario, José F. Cordero, Akram Alshawabkeh, John D. Meeker. Personal care products: Demographic characteristics and maternal hormones in pregnant women from Puerto Rico. Environmental Research, 2021; 112376 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112376 Personal care and beauty … Read more

“The scenario of a carbon-free world economy should strongly impact the incomes of the hydrocarbon-producing States”

Tribune. The current surge in energy prices comes in a context where the climate is viewed as a priority. Paradoxically, while the priority would be the climate, consuming countries are demanding more fossil energy from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC +), and it is reluctant. Why ? Because consumers … Read more