TESS Finds a Super-Earth and two Mini-Neptunes in a Single System

The field of extrasolar planet studies continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Currently, 5,090 exoplanets have been confirmed in 3,816 systems, and another 8,933 candidates are awaiting confirmation. The majority of these have been Neptune-like gas giants (1,779), gas giants comparable to Jupiter or Saturn (1,536), and rocky planets many times the size of … Read more

Study finds all African carnivores at risk for range loss

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new Yale School of the Environment-led analysis identifying gaps in maps that help forecast range contractions for African species found that all species have studied a portion of their range at risk and small carnivores warrant more concern. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and … Read more

New research finds that viruses may have ‘eyes and ears’ on us

Frontiers in Microbiology to have binding sites for CtrA, a protein produced by the bacteriophage’s host that regulates the production of pili and flagella. The presence of these binding sites only in phages that require their host cells to have pili/flagella in order to infect them suggests that the phage is monitoring the presence of … Read more

Air pollution can amplify negative effects of climate change, new study finds

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The impacts of air pollution on human health, farming, and agriculture differ drastically depending on where on the planet the pollutants are emitted, according to a new study that could potentially incentivize certain countries to cut climate-changing emissions. Led by the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California … Read more

Webb Scans a Nearby Brown Dwarf and Finds it has Clouds Made of Sand

In its first few months of operation, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is already proving that it was well worth the wait! To date, it has provided astronomers with the most detailed and precise images of the cosmos, conducted observations of iconic galaxies and nebulae, peered to the very edge of the universe, and … Read more

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

Warming, other factors worsening Pakistan floods, study finds

A displaced family wades through a flooded area after heavy rainfall, in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Aug. 24, 2022. A new study says human-caused climate change juiced the rainfall that triggered Pakistan’s floods by up to 50%. But the authors of the Thursday, Sept. 15, study say other social issues that … Read more

Cowbird chicks do best with two warbler nest mates—not four, not zero, study finds

A cowbird nestling peers out from a warbler nest. Credit: Nicholas Antonson Brown-headed cowbirds are generalist brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of many other bird species and letting the host parents raise their young. A new study seeks to understand the strategies cowbird chicks use to survive in prothonotary warbler nests when … Read more

Study finds ‘substantial’ costs on workers with severe COVID-19 illnesses

Effects of health-related absences on workers. This figure displays effects of health-related absences at one and twelve months after the absence. All panels estimate the event-study specification (Equation 1) with our full set of controls. Confidence intervals reflect standard errors clustered by worker. See Appendix A for event-study figures and tests for heterogeneous effects of … Read more

Who flirts to get ahead at work? Study finds it’s most often subordinate men

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2022.104186″ width=”800″ height=”530″/> Moderated mediation analysis in Study 4 (PROCESS Model 8). Depicts unstandardized regression coefficients from analyzes using standardized variables. * p Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2022.104186 The stereotype of the female secretary who hikes up her skirt to get a promotion … Read more