Category: Science

Plain cigarette packaging works: study

By Sunanda Creagh, Plain packaging on tobacco products is associated with lower smoking appeal, greater support for the policy and a higher urgency to quit among adult smokers, a new study has found.   Since last year, cigarettes in Australia are sold in unbranded packets that feature a larger graphic health warning with new information messages…

Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it

Government negligence, rampant development and illegal land clearing spark wildfires in Indonesia that annually ravage thousands of acres of forest. AP Photo July 24, 2019 Robert B. Richardson, Michigan State University Experts widely agree that human activities are harming the global environment. Since the Industrial Revolution, the world economy has grown dramatically. Overall this is…

Micro-naps for plants: Flicking the lights on and off can save energy without hurting indoor agriculture harvests

Pulses of light followed by extended dark periods might help make indoor agricultural production more sustainable. DutchScenery/Shutterstock.com July 22, 2019   Kevin M. Folta, University of Florida A nighttime arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport flies you over the bright pink glow of vegetable production greenhouses. Growing crops under artificial light is gaining momentum, particularly in regions…

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace

July 20, 2019 Robert Gaunt, University of Pittsburgh and Jennifer Collinger, University of Pittsburgh Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is to create assistive technology to help people…

An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’ is a step towards creating bionic brains

July 16, 2019 Sumeet Walia, RMIT University and Taimur Ahmed, RMIT University What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain? Being able to store, delete and process information is crucial for computing, and the brain does this extremely efficiently. Researcher Taimur Ahmed holds the…

The TGA’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to protect women

July 12, 2019 – Bruce Baer Arnold, University of Canberra and Wendy Bonython, Bond University   It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection.from www.shutterstock.com The proposed ban on some textured breast implants announced by the Australian pharmaceuticals and…