Genome unveils coffee’s prehistoric origins

Researchers have created what they say is the highest-quality reference genome to date of the world's most popular coffee species, Arabica.

U. Buffalo • futurity
April 17, 2024 ~11 min

A new wave of wearable devices will collect a mountain on information on us – we need to get wise about the privacy implications

The development of wearables raises concerns about data privacy, but there are groups working on solutions to this.

Luis Quintero, Researcher in Data Science and Immersive Technologies, Stockholm University • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~7 min

Green cement production is scaling up – and it could cut the carbon footprint of construction

The greenhouse gas emissions from concrete production are hard to cut but a new low-carbon cement facility is scaling up production of a far more sustainable alternative.

Jamie Goggins, Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Galway • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~8 min

Fitness trackers and phones can help monitor multiple sclerosis

Fitness trackers and smartphones offer an easy and accessible way to monitor progression of multiple sclerosis, researchers say.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
April 17, 2024 ~7 min

New model reveals hidden patterns in Alzheimer’s

“This research shows that [Alzheimer's disease] progresses differently in each person, with unique patterns of biomarker changes.”

Shantell Kirkendoll-Duke • futurity
April 17, 2024 ~6 min

The rising flood of space junk is a risk to us on Earth – and governments are on the hook

The amount of space junk will increase as we continue to launch objects into space, but there are ways to curb damage on the ground.

Thomas Cheney, Vice Chancellors Research Fellow, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~6 min

Red cabbage juice may ease inflammatory bowel disease

Red cabbage juice can alleviate inflammation-associated digestive health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease in mice.

Eric Slusher-U. Missouri • futurity
April 17, 2024 ~5 min

Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus is able to support life − my research team is working out how to detect extraterrestrial cells there

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has geysers shooting tiny grains of ice into space. These grains could hold traces of life − but researchers need the right tools to tell.

Fabian Klenner, Postdoctoral Scholar in Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~8 min

Fermented foods sustain both microbiomes and cultural heritage

From kimchi to kombucha and sauerkraut to sourdough, many traditional food staples across cultures make use of fermentation. And these variations are reflected in your microbiome.

Joseph Orkin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Université de Montréal • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~8 min

Worried about housing shortages and soaring prices? Your community’s zoning laws could be part of the problem

More than one-third of U.S. households pay more than 30% of their income for housing.

Jessica Trounstine, Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~9 min