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Spectacle lens designed by PolyU slows myopic progression by 60%

A specially designed spectacle lens developed by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was found to have slowed down myopia progress by 60% in participating children, and 21.5% of them…

Measuring the risks of extreme temperatures on public health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication. Extreme hot and cold weather increase the number of deaths…

New Blood Test Could Detect People at Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

There is as yet no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It is often argued that progress in drug research has been hampered by the fact that the disease can only be…

Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions

Next time you eat a tomato or sweet pepper, take a closer look, because there’s a good chance that its healthy appearance is thanks to one of US President Barack…

Powering the bottom line

A risk-based optimization scheme boosts confidence and profitability for future mixed-technology power plants. A scheme to balance risks may help realize the benefits of being able to combine complementary power…

Environment benefits from large middle class in some Asian countries [Asia Research News 2018 feature

A large middle class in Thailand and Indonesia is demanding more environmental protection; something not happening in other developing South-East Asian nations. More equitable income distribution is resulting in better…

Telling tales: how scientists can use stories

Beyond the Journal: The science of communicating research with the public — How can stories help when explaining complex research? Our regular column investigates the power of anecdote and analogy….

Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

The team, led by MIT graduate student Yang Yang, used highly specialized instruments to observe in detail the surface of metals coated with these “special” oxides to see what happens when they are exposed to an oxygen environment and placed under stress. While most transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) require that samples be studied in a high vacuum, the team used a modified version called an environmental TEM (E-TEM) that allows the sample to be studied in the presence of gases or liquids of interest. The device was used to study the process that can lead to a type of failure known as stress corrosion cracking.

Spa therapy helps Japan’s snow monkeys cope with the cold

New data reveal that female Japanese macaques bathe in hot springs to lower stress from cold weather. Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, have been enjoying regular baths in…

Calculating the impacts of natural events on wildlife

A new method could help scientists understand how wildlife populations are affected by major natural events, such as hurricanes, severe winters, and tsunamis. The approach suggests the 2011 tsunami had…