Good Stuff To Know March 2021

New catalyst moves seawater desalination, hydrogen production closer to commercialization

Fast, one-step assembly at room temperature yields high efficiency at low cost. Seawater is abundant and cheap, making it a tempting resource to meet the world’s growing need for clean drinking water and carbon-free energy. Now researchers have reported a new catalyst that can be made quickly and inexpensively, bringing the technology closer to commercial reality.

Use of pronouns may show signs of an impending breakup

Evidence of an impending breakup may exist in the small words used in everyday conversations months before either partner realizes where their relationship is heading, according to new psychology research.

Putting bugs on the menu, safely

The thought of eating insects is stomach turning for many, but new research is shedding light on allergy causing proteins which could pose serious health risks for those suffering from shellfish allergy. The research identified 20 proteins found in cricket food products which could cause serious allergic reactions.

Bleeding gums may be a sign you need more vitamin C in your diet

Bleeding of the gums on gentle probing, or gingival bleeding tendency, and also bleeding in the eye, or retinal hemorrhaging, were associated with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream.

Fauci: CDC May Recommend Wearing 2 Masks to Fight Virus

The Centers for Disease Control may recommend wearing two masks — one over the other — to keep at bay the more contagious variants of the coronavirus, according to Anthony Fauci.

How accurate are first impressions on a first date?

The high stakes of first dates require would-be partners to make and interpret first impressions. But, can we rely on these first impressions to accurately assess someone’s personality? According to researchers, the answer is yes, although it may be more difficult than in more casual settings.

Vitamin D supplementation: Possible gain in life years combined with cost savings

Scientists have now calculated: If all Germans over the age of 50 were to take vitamin D supplements, up to 30,000 cancer deaths per year could possibly be avoided and more than 300,000 years of life could be gained – in addition, health care costs could be saved.

Instant death from heart attack more common in people who do not exercise

An active lifestyle is linked with a lower chance of dying immediately from a heart attack, according to a new study. Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and prevention is a major public health priority.

Most people are naturally armed against SARS-CoV-2, study finds

The majority of the population can produce neutralizing antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in severe cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a new study. Moreover, the results support the use of combination antibody therapy to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Smartphone app to change your personality

How quickly can personality traits be modified? An international research team has shown that daily use of a smartphone app can lead to desired personality changes within three months. And three months after the daily interventions, the changes are still noticeable.

Fewer older people are having strokes

Researchers also find fewer people of all ages dying of stroke. A new study has found that people age 70 and older are having fewer strokes, and fewer people of all ages are dying from the disease.

New research identifies biological causes of muscle weakness in later life

A new large scale genetic analysis has found biological mechanisms that contribute to making people more susceptible to muscle weakness in later life, finding that diseases such as osteoarthritis and diabetes may play a large role in susceptibility.

Answer quickly to be believed

When people pause before replying to a question, even for just a few seconds, their answers are perceived to be less sincere and credible than if they had replied immediately, according to new research.

Unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

Study reveals the unintended and negative consequences of policies designed to reduce the supply of opioids in the population for overdose.

Gut microbiome implicated in healthy aging and longevity

Data from over 9,000 people reveal a distinct gut microbiome signature that is associated with healthy aging and survival in the latest decades of life

Real-time dialogue with a dreaming person is possible

Dreams take us to what feels like a different reality. They also happen while we’re fast asleep. So, you might not expect that a person in the midst of a vivid dream would be able to perceive questions and provide answers to them. But a new study shows that, in fact, they can.

Eating more refined grains increases risk of heart attack, early death

A new study found consuming a high number of refined grains, such as croissants and white bread, is associated with a higher risk of major cardiovascular disease, stroke and early death.

Avoiding inflammatory foods can lower heart disease, stroke risk

Diets high in red and processed meat, refined grains and sugary beverages, which have been associated with increased inflammation in the body, can increase subsequent risk of heart disease and stroke compared to diets filled with anti-inflammatory foods. A separate study assessed the positive effects eating walnuts, an anti-inflammatory food, had on decreasing inflammation and heart disease risk.









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