Latest stories - Alessandra Potenza

12 Hours Ago   If you needed one more reason to love your puppy, here’s a pretty good one: your furry best friend might help you live longer. Researchers in Sweden tracked more than 3.4 million Swedish people with no heart disease over a period of 12 years.

2 Days Ago   Scientists in the US have attempted to edit a person’s DNA inside his own body, permanently altering his genetic code, according to The Associated Press. It will take at least a month, and as long as three, to know if the edit took.

2 Days Ago   Chimpanzees live in dense forests filled with poisonous snakes and other threats — but luckily, they’ve got each other’s backs. New research shows that when chimpanzees see a poisonous snake, they make an extra effort to alert other chimps that are unaware of the danger by making alarm calls and pointing out the location of the snake by gazing at it.

2 Days Ago   I’ve been biting my nails ever since I can remember. I do it automatically, without even realizing it: I’m focused on writing a story, and before I know it, my finger is in my mouth and I’m greedily chewing a nail or a cuticle.

3 Days Ago   Kratom, a Southeast Asian plant known for its opiate-like effects, may put users at risk of addiction and even death, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a public health advisory today.

4 Days Ago   Protesters disrupted a US-sponsored presentation about fossil fuels as solutions to climate change at a United Nations global warming conference today. Singing and chanting, they registered their disdain for the official US message on climate.

4 Days Ago   The internet is filled with articles and Redditors pointing out the anachronisms of Netflix’s 1980s science fiction throwback series Stranger Things — from Barb’s Volkswagen car to the Demogorgon figurine.

6 Days Ago   One night in 2013, artist Stephan Crawford was sitting in his studio in San Francisco, thinking of a way of expressing Earth’s carbon cycle through a moving sculpture.

10 Days Ago   Japan has successfully mined zinc, gold, and other minerals from a deep-water seabed off the coast of Okinawa, The Japan Times reported in September. Though the scale of the operation is still unclear, it could be one of the first ventures in what may be a massive deep-ocean mining industry.

10 Days Ago   Today, Syria announced that it would sign the Paris climate agreement — a landmark deal that commits almost 200 countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming.

15 Days Ago   Scientists have discovered a new species of orangutan — but there are so few individuals that the new species is the rarest great ape on Earth.

16 Days Ago   About 45 million people in the US wear contact lenses — and most of them do it wrong, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

16 Days Ago   The largest glacier in East Antarctica contains so much ice it could raise sea levels by at least 11 feet if it all melted — and research now shows the ice has been retreating because of warmer-than-usual waters brought on by strong winds.

17 Days Ago   Howling planets, whistling plasma waves, and pelting space rocks: the sounds of space are spooky — and NASA compiled a list of them to make your Halloween party a little bit more nerdy.

18 Days Ago   Climate change is already having an impact on our health, by exposing people to dangerous heat waves and more extreme weather, according to a new study.

20 Days Ago   Spending a year in space takes such a toll on the human body that astronauts literally have to learn how to walk again once they’re back on Earth.

21 Days Ago   Zombies and vampires make for pretty good horror stories: both monsters feed on flesh or blood, and their bites turn victims into zombies and vampires themselves.

22 Days Ago   Today, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency — a move intended to expand access to treatment and loosen regulations to fight an ongoing epidemic of drug overdoses.

23 Days Ago   The powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR has been making headlines for its ability to edit DNA, which could one day transform how we fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

24 Days Ago   Extreme weather events like hurricanes and wildfires have already cost the US more than $350 billion over the last decade, and climate change is only going to make things worse, according to a new government report released today.

25 Days Ago   Nicotine in electronic cigarettes may be responsible for turning teens into regular smokers and vapers. Researchers surveyed 181 high school students from Los Angeles who vaped.

29 Days Ago   If you’ve looked into a dog’s soulful eyes and watched his eyebrows lift, you already know what scientists have today confirmed: dogs may use their facial expressions to communicate with us.

31 Days Ago   Women's reproductive organs are home to plenty of microorganisms, and identifying them may help us improve women's health. Scientists have long known that the vagina is home to trillions of bacteria, but much less is known about the community of organisms inhabiting the rest of women’s reproductive tracts — from the uterus to the ovaries.

33 Days Ago   If you’ve ever wondered what space smells like, think about sparklers on the Fourth of July. “Slightly burned, slightly metallic” is how former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly describes it in his new book Endurance, about his year in space.

35 Days Ago   On the morning of June 5th, 2012, John Chapman drove up to Agate Beach in Newport, Oregon, to take a look at a massive, 188-ton dock that had washed ashore during a storm.

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