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The fungi in our guts can make cases of Covid worse

Enlarge / Computer illustration of Candida fungi. (credit: Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty) Fungi are an indispensable part of your microbiome, keeping the body’s host of microorganisms healthy as part of a system of checks and balances. But when you’re hit by an infection, fungi can be thrown out of equilibrium...

Sun Apr 21, 2024 15:04
War never changes: A Fallout fan’s spoiler-laden review of the new TV series

Enlarge / The nukes went off in 2077 in Fallout's universe. The show tells us more about this event than we've learned from the games before. (credit: Amazon) It's been just over a week since the Fallout TV series premiered on Amazon Prime, and one thing's for sure: It's a huge hit. You can hardly open a social media app...

Sat Apr 20, 2024 17:13
Why are groups of university students modifying Cadillac Lyriq EVs?

Enlarge / For the previous EcoCar 3 competition, student teams turned Camaro sportscars into hybrids. For the EcoCar EV challenge, their job is to improve on the Cadillac Lyriq. (credit: EcoCar) Across the country, teams of students at 15 different universities are in the middle of a four-year project, dissecting an electric...

Sat Apr 20, 2024 15:14
The GMO tooth microbe that is supposed to prevent cavities

Enlarge (credit: zhangshuang via Getty) About seven years ago, Aaron Silverbook and his then-girlfriend, a biologist, were perusing old scientific literature online. “A romantic evening,” joked Silverbook. That night, he came across a study from 2000 that surprised him. Scientists had genetically engineered an oral bacterium...

Sat Apr 20, 2024 15:14
Daniel Dennett, philosophical giant who championed “naturalism,” dead at 82

Enlarge / Daniel Dennett, a leading philosopher with provocative takes on consciousness, free will, and AI, has died at 82. (credit: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University) World renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett, who championed controversial takes on consciousness and free will among other mind-bending subjects, died today...

Sat Apr 20, 2024 04:17
It’s cutting calories—not intermittent fasting—that drops weight, study suggests

Enlarge (credit: Getty | David Jennings) Intermittent fasting, aka time-restricted eating, can help people lose weight—but the reason why may not be complicated hypotheses about changes from fasting metabolism or diurnal circadian rhythms. It may just be because restricting eating time means people eat fewer calories overall....

Sat Apr 20, 2024 01:16

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