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Risk gene for Alzheimer’s may aggravate neurological effects of air pollution in children — ScienceDaily

There is growing evidence that exposure to air pollution adversely affects cognitive and behavioural development in children. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are, as yet, unknown. Now, the findings of a new study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, suggest that the ε4 […]

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Microorganisms, including potential pathogens, travel from sea to land via fog — ScienceDaily

Fog can act as a vector for microbes, transferring them long distances and introducing them into new environments. So reports an analysis of the microbiology of coastal fog, recently published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Co-author Kathleen Weathers, a Senior Scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, explains, “Fog’s role in transporting […]

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Some restaurants are banning cell use at their tables

With diners increasingly texting or snapping photos while they’re eating out, some restaurants owners are resorting to banning the habit. In their view, meals are for real-life social connections, not social media.  “You walk by a table and there’s somebody playing a video game. Or people made a note they’re celebrating their anniversary and you […]

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