RCMP investigating Canadian oil company ReconAfrica after complaints of alleged corruption and fraud

According to the Canadians interviewed by the RCMP, the probe seems focused on two issues: ReconAfrica’s ties to politically connected figures in Namibia and the company’s stock promotion activities.John Grobler/The Globe and Mail The RCMP have launched an investigation into a Canadian oil company that is drilling exploration wells near the ecologically sensitive Okavango River … Read more

NATO’s Cold Response and the Implications of Militarization in the Arctic

NATO’s Cold Response and the Implications of Militarization in the Arctic A Dutch tank in the 2016 Cold Response. Credit: Ministry of Defense / Wikimedia Commons On April 1, NATO concluded its largest Norwegian-led Cold Response training exercise to date. Cold Response training is a long-standing military operation conducted by NATO member and partner nations, … Read more

What about prevention? A science-based response to school shootings

Every time there’s a mass killing, politicians direct our attention to mental illness as the primary cause. And although mental health issues are more prevalent than ever among our youth and treatment is certainly called for, statements like this ignore the fact that we can prevent young men from reaching the point they are motivated … Read more

RRC, BEG win Bruno Hanson Midland College Environmental Excellence Award for response to seismicity in region

A surge in seismic activity has shaken up residents throughout the Permian Basin who have been rattled by earthquakes of 3 magnitude or greater. That surge has also shaken up oil and gas operators and regulators who have scrambled to address the issue. At its 2019 legislative session, the Texas Legislature created the TexNet seismic … Read more

For Women – But Not Men – Hugging Romantic Partner Can Prevent the Acute Stress Response

According to the findings of a new study, women instructed to embrace their romantic partner prior to undergoing a stressful experience had a lower biological stress response, compared to women who did not embrace their partner. However, this effect was not seen for men. Women who embraced their romantic partner subsequently had lower stress-induced cortisol … Read more

COVID-19, MIS-C and Kawasaki Disease Share Underlying Molecular Patterns and Immune Response

UC San Diego researchers summarize the similarities and differences between COVID-19, MIS-C and Kawasaki disease, three conditions unified by the same immune-associated gene signature. Credit: UC San Diego Health Sciences The inflammatory disorders share similar underlying molecular patterns, a University of California San Diego (UCSD) study reports; findings may improve disease diagnosis and treatment and … Read more

Hydroclimate response of spring ecosystems to a two-stage Younger Dryas event in western North America

Rahmstorf, S. Ocean circulation and climate during the past 120,000 years. Nature 419207–214 (2002). CAS Article ADS Google Scholar Delworth, TL et al. The potential for abrupt change in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. In Abrupt Climate Change: A Report by the US Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (ed. … Read more

Tiny Channels Discovered Inside The Human Skull Could Be Vital For The Brain

A shortcut between the skull and the brain could be a possible way for the human immune system to bypass the blood-brain barrier. Researchers recently discovered a series of tiny channels in mice and human skulls, and in mice at least, these little pathways represent an unexpected source of brain immunity. Previously, scientists assumed that … Read more

Researchers Assess the Power of T-Cell Immune Response to COVID-19 BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron Variants

Researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of T-cell immune response against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. In approximately 90% of vaccinated Europeans, T-cell immunity was as effective against Omicron as with other COVID variants. Scientists from HSE University and the RAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry have demonstrated the effectiveness of T-cell immune response against the Omicron … Read more

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): Science & History

If you’ve browsed YouTube or Instagram in the last several years, you’ve probably run into a multitude of videos labeled “ASMR.” What does this mean exactly? Whether it’s whispering, tapping, or scratching, something about the sounds or visuals in ASMR clips may make your senses tingle. Here’s what you need to know about the autonomous … Read more