(Pensoft Publishers) During surveys in the Upper Guinea forest zone of Liberia and Guinea, scientists discovered snakes later identified as a new to science species. It belongs to the stiletto snakes, spectacular for their unusual skulls, allowing them to stab sideways with a fang sticking out of the corner of their mouths. The discovery, published in the open-access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, is further evidence supporting the status of the region as unique in its biodiversity.
(UK Biobank) Vast tranche of new data available from UK Biobank, offering unprecedented resource to enhance understanding of human biology and aid in therapeutic discovery.
(Rutgers University) Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers.The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, found that early in the first trimester and late in the third trimester were critical windows during which pollutants most affect the mother’s and fetus’ cardiovascular systems.
(Wiley) New research indicates that colorectal cancer diagnosed at an early age has clinical and genetic features that are different from those seen in traditional colorectal cancer diagnosed later in life. Published early online in CANCER, the study also revealed certain unique features in especially young patients and those with predisposing conditions.
(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) A new study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows urban children with poorly controlled asthma, particularly those who are ethnic minorities, also suffer academically. Kids who were kept home due to asthma symptoms weren’t able to do as well in the classroom.
(Seattle Children’s) The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday.
(University of Waterloo) A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney.
(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) A new study found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years screened positive for suicide risk in emergency departments. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments, researchers at NIMH and collaborators explored how frequently preteen youth ages 10 to 12 screened positive for suicide risk. Notably, 7 percent of the preteens who screened positive for suicide risk were seeking help for physical – not psychiatric – concerns.
The DNA company is releasing a genetic test to predict whether a person is likely to get diabetes, but it’s of limited use to many high-risk people.
AÃ‚Â California man’s family is upset after a robotÃ‚Â was delivered to his hospital room, telling the man he didn’t have long to live.
A new, testable theory proposes that fast radio bursts may draw their power from young neutron stars called magnetars.
Ally Opfer had no idea she was pregnantÃ¢â‚¬â€�until she found herself giving birth in the emergency room being prepped for a c-section.
Dr. Steven Schlozman, a Massachusetts doctor, is getting his wish after he pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle.
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ItÃ¢â‚¬s 6:47 a.m. on Friday as I write this, and I am more than four hours early for my international flight. (I mixed up the departure time with the arrival time!)
Light from the brightening sky has been pooling into the previously dark waiting area of Dulles International Airport, where I have been sitting, waiting to check in. An Indian family across from me is trying to entertain a fussy toddler. Behind me, an airport employee speaks to someone (a friend? a sister?) on the speakerphone in a mix of West African French and English. From time to time, her walkie-talkie bleeps and stern voices crackle through. In the background, BlondieÃ¢â‚¬s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Heart of GlassÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ is playing, but because IÃ¢â‚¬m so sleepy, it takes me a few minutes to identify the song.
I love this airport; IÃ¢â‚¬ve come to admire its handsome brutalist slopes and edges; its remoteness from central Washington, D.C.Ã¢â‚¬â€�although inconvenientÃ¢â‚¬â€�makes it seem like IÃ¢â‚¬m already far away. And while the security lines arenÃ¢â‚¬t fun, people watching here always is.
Generally, too, I find airports fascinatingÃ¢â‚¬â€�they function as mini-cities, planned with security, commerce, and mobility in mind. But theyÃ¢â‚¬re also portals to other worldsÃ¢â‚¬â€�borderlands with their own set of rules. They all reflect the unique aspects of the places theyÃ¢â‚¬re in, but theyÃ¢â‚¬re also sort of all the same.
According to French anthropologist Marc AugÃƒÂ©, airports are places of Ã¢â‚¬Å“solitude and similitude,Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ where every person who passes through becomes reduced to a roleÃ¢â‚¬â€�theyÃ¢â‚¬re passengers or pilots before theyÃ¢â‚¬re people. But in a blog post for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, author Jenifer Van Vleck disagrees, arguing that an airport is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a deeply social spaceÃ¢â‚¬â€�and, indeed, an emotionally charged space.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½
As I look at the screen to check on the departure time for my flight to India, I realize my love for airports draws from all of these theories. I love the anonymity and time-warping quality of the space; but also enjoy observing human moments that appear particularly stark against the sterility of the place. Most of all, I love the feeling of being in motion. Like Alain de Botton writes in his book, A Week at the Airport, airports offer Ã¢â‚¬Å“promises of alternative lives, to which we might appeal at moments of claustrophobia and stagnation.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½
What weÃ¢â‚¬re writing:
Are dog parksÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ exclusionary? Ã‚Â¤ Why Toledo just gave Lake Erie legal rights. Ã‚Â¤ Finding a writerÃ¢â‚¬s voice in Lagos. Ã‚Â¤ These Parisiens have had it with people who want to Instagram their street. Ã‚Â¤ Pune is turning buses into public bathrooms for women. Ã‚Â¤ Want to fight a pipeline? Live in a tree. Ã‚Â¤
And remember that sampling of public transit textiles I previewed in the last edition of Navigator? CityLabÃ¢â‚¬s Feargus OÃ¢â‚¬Sullivan has now written a much more comprehensive, global review of public transit fabrics.
What weÃ¢â‚¬re taking in:
The feminist history of the tea room. (JSTOR Daily) Ã‚Â¤ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Convinced that becoming skooliesÃ¢â‚¬â€�people who live mobile lives in converted school busesÃ¢â‚¬â€�would afford them freedom and adventure, they sprung for a white 36-foot 1995 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner for $4,500.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (Curbed) Ã‚Â¤ Ã¢â‚¬Å“I could see how big the city was, that we were a small part of something larger. It comforted me. Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (Catapult) Ã‚Â¤ How does one map a myth like HomerÃ¢â‚¬s Odyssey? (Lapham Quarterly) Ã‚Â¤ SolangeÃ¢â‚¬s new album is Ã¢â‚¬Å“made in Houston and steeped in its hyper-local culture.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (NPR) Ã‚Â¤ Ã¢â‚¬Å“We honour our concrete just like people honour their trees.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (The Discourse) Ã‚Â¤ How the Census was manipulated. (The Baffler) Ã‚Â¤ Liberty City memorializes lost loved ones on T-shirts. (Topic) Ã‚Â¤ A Norwegian town called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ãƒâ€¦.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (Popula) Ã‚Â¤ This Kolkata artist is creating traditional Patachitra art, but with urban scenes from modern India. (Scroll.in) Ã‚Â¤
View from the ground:
@axlaxlaxlaxlaxl strolled by the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. @yasminedagher highlighted the warm rooftops of Beirut. @ethan.k56 captured the waterfront views in New Orleans. @helloimhelen enjoyed the sunny Houston weather.
High blood pressure risk isnÃ¢â‚¬t just genetics.