Researchers have discovered that a specific gene called Nodal appears to determine when a pregnant woman will go into labor. The finding could offer new ways to prevent preterm births. Preterm birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies areContinue Reading

Unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the current warming from climate change may drive a dramatic shift in vegetation within the next 100-150 years, according to new research. The change could match the one seen as the last ice age came to an end and the planet warmed, researchers say.Continue Reading

While some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species, new research indicates that quality, not just quantity, is vital for effective conservation efforts. “There’s a lot of discussion about protecting ‘Half Earth’ as a minimum to protect biodiversity. The challengeContinue Reading

Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of Macro-economic policies and job unit at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), says the manufacturing sector does not stand to profit most from AI, at least not in developed countries, and will not suffer the forecasted demise. The jobs more likely to be impacted are inContinue Reading

She’s a singular figure at a key moment in American music. By mid-century the major styles of African American music—jazz, gospel, blues, rhythm & blues—had gained a strong cultural and commercial presence. Same with African American pop singers and classical composers. What’s new about people like Ray Charles and ArethaContinue Reading

Published in The Lancet Global Health journal on Wednesday, the study highlights the well-established benefits of being physically active, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes, as well as breast and colon cancer. Additionally, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, can delay the onset ofContinue Reading

Between 1940 and 2009, the number of US births to unmarried women increased from about 4 percent to nearly 41 percent. New research investigates whether celebrities have contributed to that shift. In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown’s decision to have a child outContinue Reading