Feeling stressed lately? The EGU Working Group ‘Work-Life-Balance’ can help!

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash Feelings of ‘little balance’ are probably something we all experience at some point in our lives. Stress is rising, with constant pressure to ‘do something special and meaningful’. Coping with this situation can be challenging and there is no magic formula that works for everyone. The good news is we … Read more

Earth’s Water Was in The Solar System Before Earth Itself, Meteorite Reveals

We do not know how life emerged on Earth, but one thing is certain: life as we know it on our planet would not exist without the water that wraps around the surface, runs in rivulets, and falls from the sky. Our planet is the only one known to have life, and the only one … Read more

Researchers find new way to amplify trustworthy news content on social media without shielding bias – BIOENGINEER.ORG

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2022) – Social media sites continue to amplify misinformation and conspiracy theories. To address this concern, an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, physicists and social scientists led by the University of South Florida (USF) has found a solution to ensure social media users are exposed to more reliable news sources. TAMPA, … Read more

MIT Engineers Create the “Impossible” – New Material That Is Stronger Than Steel and As Light as Plastic

Stock video to show the concept of a powerful mobile phone. This new substance is the result of a work that is thought to be impossible: a two-dimensional polymerizing material. Using a new polymerization process[{” attribute=””>MIT chemical engineers have created a new material that is stronger than steel and as light as plastic, and can … Read more

Biden’s climate change goals could slash healthcare costs

Slimming down America’s dependence on fossil fuels is crucial for a multitude of reasons. The one we hear about most often is slowing the toll of catastrophic climate change. But climate change policy has the potential to do a lot more than slash greenhouse gases — if done right, these policies can help build equitable … Read more

Nature’s colors can replace toxic pigments – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Dye pigments are often toxic, so researchers around the world have long been looking for effective ways to make non-toxic, recyclable and sustainable colors instead. The answer lies in nanotechnology and nature’s own methods. Dye pigments are often toxic, so researchers around the world have long been looking for effective ways to make non-toxic, recyclable … Read more

A Human Fingerprint on the Pantanal Inferno – Human Activities Primed the Region To Burn

2019 – 2020 Heat and drought exacerbated fire season in 2020, but cattle grazing and other human activities also primed the region to burn. One of the world’s largest freshwater wetlands — the Pantanal — spreads across a bowl-shaped plain where Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. During the rainy season in most years, floodwater drains … Read more

how people misinterpret data in bar graphs – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Thanks to their visual simplicity, bar graphs are popular tools for representing data. But do we really understand how to read them? New research from Wellesley College published in the Journal of Vision has found that bar graphs are frequently misunderstood. The study demonstrates that people who view exactly the same graph often walk away … Read more

The complex ethics and risks of organ transplants

Last week, a hospital in Boston removed a patient from its heart transplant waiting list over his refusal to receive a COVID vaccine. Although many hospitals had been enforcing such policies throughout the pandemic, the news took off internationally. But the spotlight on vaccination status ignores the complexities of organ transplantation outside the pandemic. “There … Read more