Study finds potentially dangerous levels of arsenic in California prison drinking water

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ten years after the state of California recognized the human right to water, hundreds of thousands of residents still rely on drinking water that contains dangerous levels of contaminants, including the highly toxic mineral arsenic. Many of them live in low-income and rural communities that struggle to afford the necessary infrastructure … Read more

‘Dangerous’ heatwaves likely to grip the tropics daily by 2100: study

Dangerous levels of heat exposure pose a particularly risk to outdoor workers. Many of millions of people in the tropics could be exposed to dangerous heat for half the year by 2100 if humanity manages to meet climate goals, researchers warned Thursday. In the most likely scenario, the world would miss those targets—potentially subjecting people … Read more

Warring genetic parasites could lead to new defenses against dangerous bacteria

Nucleic Acids Research DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkab859″ width=”800″ height=”505″/> Features of plasmids encoding CRISPR-Cas components. (A) Mobility predictions for the collection of non-redundant proteobacterial plasmids analyzed in this study, presented according to their CRISPR-Cas contents: complete CRISPR-Cas loci, orphan CRISPRs or cas, and no CRISPR or cas. (B) Size distributions for the collection of plasmid genomes carrying … Read more

Buying into conspiracy theories can be exciting—that’s what makes them dangerous

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Conspiracy theories have been around for centuries, from witch trials and antisemitic campaigns to beliefs that Freemasons were trying to topple European monarchies. In the mid-20th century, historian Richard Hofstadter described a “paranoid style” that he observed in right-wing US politics and culture: a blend of “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial … Read more

Astronomers Just Practiced What Would Happen if a Potentially Dangerous Asteroid was Detected

In and around our planet, there are thousands of comets and asteroids known as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Multiple space agencies and government affiliates are responsible for tracking them, especially those known as Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA). These objects are so-designated because they will cross Earth’s orbit and may even collide with it someday. Considering how … Read more

A Magnetic Bubble Could Protect Astronauts From Dangerous Space Radiation

Humans have long dreamed of setting foot on Mars or beyond, and the advances by companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin means perhaps the dream could be closer than ever to becoming reality. But as it stands now, sending astronauts on long-duration missions to other worlds would be impossible because of the hazardous radiation levels … Read more