Scientists find highest ever level of microplastics on seafloor

Microplastics in water (stock image).Credit: © dottedyeti / Adobe Stock An international research project has revealed the highest levels of microplastic ever recorded on the seafloor, with up to 1.9 million pieces in a thin layer covering just 1 square metre.advertisement Over 10 million tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year. Floating plastic waste […]

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4-billion-year-old nitrogen-containing organic molecules discovered in Martian meteorites

Mars illustration (stock image; elements furnished by NASA).Credit: © grejak / Adobe Stock A research team including research scientist Atsuko Kobayashi from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and research scientist Mizuho Koike from the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, have found nitrogen-bearing organic material […]

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Feeling burned out? The contributors could be more related to depression than you think

An article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine looks at the relationship between burnout and depressive symptoms in medical interns.advertisement The article is authored by Constance Guille, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Lisa Rotenstein, M.D., an internal medicine resident at […]

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Eye contact activates the autonomic nervous system even during video calls

A new study from Tampere University in Finland found that eye contact during video calls can elicit similar psychophysiological responses than those in genuine, in-person eye contact.advertisement Videoconferencing has become more commonplace than ever. Particularly now as the coronavirus pandemic limits social interactions, people are relying on video calls to connect with friends and family […]

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‘Bursty’ email communication helps groups convert resources into results

Many organizations arrange employees into groups, and research has recognized the importance of groups having access to resources (e.g., labor, knowledge, raw materials, technology, financial capital), as well as how they use those resources to ensure optimal performance. These studies have shown that groups with the same resources vary in how they use what is […]

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Extinction of threatened marine megafauna would lead to huge loss in functional diversity

Great white shark (stock image).Credit: © Richard / Adobe Stock In a paper published in Science Advances, an international team of researchers have examined traits of marine megafauna species to better understand the potential ecological consequences of their extinction under different future scenarios.advertisement Defined as the largest animals in the oceans, with a body mass that exceeds […]

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