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This year’s cicada invasion will be double trouble

For the first time in more than 200 years, two broods of cicadas—Brood XIX, known as the Great Southern Brood, and Brood XIII, known as the Northern Illinois Brood—will emerge from the ground simultaneously this year. Hannah Burrack, professor and chair of the entomology department at Michigan State University, answers questions about what you should...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 16:28
Immigration benefits local economies, including wages

With immigration dominating politics and voter concerns, new research shows immigration boosts local wages and that having neighbors of foreign descent can reduce prejudice. When Americans mark their presidential election ballots later this year, immigration will be top of mind—it’s the nation’s number one issue, according to pollster Gallup. And one...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 23:06
Childhood trauma may stymie muscle function later

Traumatic experiences during childhood may get “under the skin” later in life, impairing the muscle function of people as they age, a new study shows. The study examined the function of skeletal muscle of older adults paired with surveys of adverse events they had experienced in childhood. It found that people who experienced greater childhood adversity,...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 20:44
Genome unveils coffee’s prehistoric origins

The key to growing coffee plants that can better resist climate change in the decades to come may lie in the ancient past, researchers report. Researchers have created what they say is the highest-quality reference genome to date of the world’s most popular coffee species, Arabica, unearthing secrets about its lineage that span millennia and continents....

Wed Apr 17, 2024 20:32
Fitness trackers and phones can help monitor multiple sclerosis

Monitoring and treating multiple sclerosis requires reliable and long-term data on how the disease is progressing. A new study finds fitness trackers and smartphones can supply the needed data. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an insidious disease. Patients suffer because their immune system is attacking their own nerve fibers, which inhibits the transmission...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 17:55
New model reveals hidden patterns in Alzheimer’s

A new mathematical model offers hope for better prediction and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. Most mathematical models of Alzheimer’s are theoretical, focusing on short term molecular and cellular-level changes that cannot be measured in patients. However, researchers at Duke University School of Medicine and Pennsylvania State...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 17:36

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