Investigation examines fossil fuel industry influence at elite American universities

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain An investigation published by The BMJ Today takes an in-depth look at how fossil fuel companies pour money into prestigious American universities. Investigative journalist Paul Thacker examines how oil and gas companies have funded research to try to weaken messages on climate change, capture academia, and protect their interests, much like … Read more

Smoke from Western wildfires can influence Arctic sea ice, researchers find

Arctic sea ice floats in the Arctic Ocean. Credit: Patricia DeRepentigny Sea ice and wildfires may be more interconnected than previously thought, according to new research out today in Science Advances. By digging into differences between climate models, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that … Read more

Influence of nanoparticles, surrounding ions on formation of β-sheet structure in amyloid β proteins

Infrared (FT-IR) spectra and β-sheet ratio of Aβ peptides interacting with CeF3 NPs. The effect of CeF3 nanoparticles on amyloid beta protein structure is measured directly with FT-IR spectroscopy. The formation of secondary structure shows up as a feature in the IR spectrum. Credit: Masakazu Umezawa / Tokyo University of Science, License type: CC BY … Read more

Team composition, structure, members’ gender influence ability to focus, work together

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The ability of team members to work together across a range of tasks, called collective intelligence (CI), varies significantly between teams. Research suggests that the level of collective attention (the quality and coordination of members’ focus) a team develops influences its level of CI. A new study examined what factors enhance … Read more