Humans news stories

There are now twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs in the US
8th February 2017 | vox.com | Earth, Humans, Tech

Putting solar panels on rooftops and arrays is a labor-intensive process. You need people to design and manufacture the panels. Then people to market the panels to homes, businesses, and utilities. Then people to come and install them.

Here’s Why We Should Send Our Congressional Leaders on a Nature Retreat Immediately
8th February 2017 | motherjones.com | Earth, Humans

Getting out into the wild is restorative. Fresh air, natural sounds and settings, a spot of exercise: It tends to free our mind, bring down our stress levels, and, with any luck, give us a break from work. The converse is also true. Excessive urban noise, for example, stresses us out and can wreak havoc on our psyches. These are things we know just based on everyday experience.

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal
8th February 2017 | sciencenews.org | Humans

Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule. Most people have at least one bout of depression, anxiety or other disorder, study suggests

Some patients try psychedelic drug therapy for mental health
8th February 2017 | cbsnews.com | Humans

In the 1950s and 60s, psychedelic drugs including LSD and MDMA were considered promising treatments for psychiatric conditions. But scientists involved in the U.S.-approved studies at the time said that as millions of young people experimented with the drugs, the federal government yanked permission to study psychedelics and imposed a ban on the substances.


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‘Extinction therapy’ could help smokers kick habit, study suggests
8th February 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans

It sounds like torment for the smoker attempting to quit: handling packets of cigarettes and watching footage of people smoking, without being allowed to light up.

However, scientists believe that lengthy exposure to environmental triggers for cravings could be precisely what smokers need to help them quit.

Can Medical Marijuana Curb Opioid Epidemic? Cannabis Could Help Withdrawal, Reduce Drug Cravings, Review Finds
8th February 2017 | medicaldaily.com | Humans

Medical marijuana could help those struggling with addiction to heroin and other opioids to turn their lives around, says Yasmin Hurd of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in a new review published in Trends in Neurosciences. Prior research has found that cannabinoids could reduce cravings and ease opioid withdrawal symptoms.


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Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows
8th February 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Humans

Research has shown virtually no support for the enduring assumption that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime.

Immigration-crime research over the past 20 years has widely corroborated the conclusions of a number of early 20th-century presidential commissions that found no backing for the immigration-crime connection.

Having trouble sleeping? Grab a tent and go camping, suggest researchers
7th February 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans

As an antidote to one of the ills of modern life, it may leave some quite cold. When the lure of the TV or fiddling on the phone keep you up late at night, it is time to grab the tent and go camping.

The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say
7th February 2017 | nytimes.com | Humans

Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep.

Some have argued that it’s a way to save energy. Others have suggested that slumber provides an opportunity to clear away the brain’s cellular waste. Still others have proposed that sleep simply forces animals to lie still, letting them hide from predators.

We need to talk about school start times
7th February 2017 | mcgill.ca | Humans

Delaying school start times could help Canadian teenagers sleep better – giving them a better chance for success, according to McGill University researchers.

In a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, the researchers found that students from schools that started earlier slept less, were less likely to meet the national sleep recommendations for their age, and were more often tired in the morning

Time Is Contagious
7th February 2017 nautil.us | Humans

How to control the subjective experience of time.

Studies have revealed a link between time perception and motion. A circle or triangle that moves quickly across your computer monitor will seem to last longer on screen than a stationary object does; the faster the shapes move, the bigger the distortion.


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Brain pollution: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia
6th February 2017 | sciencemag.org | Earth, Humans

In a barbed wire–enclosed parking lot 100 meters downwind of the Route 110 freeway, an aluminum hose sticks out of a white trailer, its nozzle aimed at an overpass. Every minute, the hose sucks up hundreds of liters of air mixed with exhaust from the roughly 300,000 cars and diesel-burning freight trucks that rumble by each day.

Scientists find brain hormone that triggers fat burning
5th February 2017 | technothirst.com | Humans

Biologists have identified a brain hormone that appears to trigger fat burning in the gut. Their findings in animal models could have implications for future pharmaceutical development.

Being ‘hangry’ exists: why a lack of food can change your mood
5th February 2017 | newscientist.com | Humans

Ever felt hungry and angry at the same time? There’s evidence that “hanger” is a real phenomenon, one that can affect your work and relationships.

The main reason we become more irritable when hungry is because our blood glucose level drops. This can make it difficult for us to concentrate, and more likely to snap at those around us.

Seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year, study shows
5th February 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year with dozens of particles becoming embedded in tissues, scientists have warned, in findings described as ‘sobering’ by the Prince of Wales.

Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests
4th February 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Humans

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests – with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.

Research on those who have had “near death” experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological order, as happens in Hollywood films.

Treating Addiction with Psychedelics
4th February 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Humans

The psychedelic drug ibogaine is known for two things: its reputation in some circles as a panacea for addiction and the visceral hallucinations it induces. Positive anecdotes abound from people who have sought out the illegal drug at underground clinics. Just one dose, they say, brings near-instant relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, a veritable miracle for seemingly intractable addictions. But the side effects of this plant-derived substance can be dangerous or even deadly.


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