Violent Coastal Storms Could Help Protect Beaches From Sea Level Rise

A new research study finds that extreme weather events could actually help protect beaches from the impact of sea level rise – by bringing in new sand from deeper waters or from nearby beaches. Images in the wake of violent coastal storms usually focus purely on the extensive damage caused to beaches, dunes, property, and … Read more

DroneShield deploys tech to protect people from drones

In April, when athletes gathered for an annual Texas triathlon, they did so while sensors from counter-drone company DroneShield scanned the sky, looking for any out-of-place drones that could be used for malicious intent. The contract, announced May 5, included ground-based radar and radio frequency sensors, as well as software to recognize and track drones. … Read more

Small HDL “Good Cholesterol” Particles May Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from USC’s Keck School of Medicine discovered that a higher number of tiny HDL particles in spinal fluid samples was linked to two critical markers that the particles may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. First-ever study to measure high-density lipoprotein particle numbers in spinal fluid led by Keck School of Medicine of USC. Keck School … Read more

Engineered bacteria could help protect ‘good’ gut microbes from antibiotics – ScienceDaily

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they can also harm the beneficial microbes that live in the human gut. Following antibiotic treatment, some patients are at risk of developing inflammation or opportunistic infections such as Clostridiodes difficile. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics on gut microbes can also contribute to the spread of resistance to the drugs. In … Read more

New evidence suggests California’s environmental policies preferentially protect whites – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Asian and Hispanic communities experience significantly more air pollution from economic activity compared to predominantly white neighborhoods across the state of California, according to new research from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Asian and Hispanic communities experience significantly more air pollution from economic activity compared to predominantly white … Read more

Biologists vaccinate Washington’s endangered pygmy rabbits to protect them from ‘bunny ebola’

Under bright moonlight, with the help of a spotlight-like flashlight, Paula Clements scanned the hip-high sagebrush for a reflective orange flag, which marked the site of a pygmy rabbit burrow. “See that orange flag right in front of us? If I had it sitting on top of a taller bush, we probably would have been … Read more

Working to Protect Children in the Caribbean From Disasters

Thalia Balkaran: Working to Protect Children in the Caribbean From Disasters This story is part of a series celebrating the work of women at the Columbia Climate School, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022. Read more about the day and our related blog posts here. Thalia Balkaran is a postdoctoral researcher. … Read more