How AI Is Teaching Gliders to Soar – D-brief

(Credit: Aerovista Luchtfotografie/Shutterstock) An adult albatross can spend days without ever touching the ground. Long wings that lock into place provide enormous amounts of lift. And a keen sense for thermals and air currents lets the birds soar with little energy expenditure. Sleeping, eating, drinking and bathing all take place on the wing, over the course of […]

Scientists ID Major Ivory Trafficking Cartels Using Genetics – D-brief

Scientists studied captured shipments of ivory tusks and managed to tie them to cartels. (Credit: Joe Mercier/shutterstock) Nearly 40,000 elephants die each year from illegal poaching orchestrated by large criminal organizations. The perpetrators are after ivory — the white, teeth-like material that forms the main part of elephants’ tusks. It also funds an illicit $4 […]

Top 10 Secrets About Stress and Health – The Crux

(Credit: Studiostoks/Shutterstock) It’s no secret that stress is bad for your health. Everybody knows that “life stress events” — things like loss of a job, death of a loved one and getting divorced (or married) raise the risk of getting sick. All sorts of other life events also generate stress, with possible negative health effects […]

Scientists Discover Major Cause Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – D-brief

Irritable bowel Disease is a painful syndrome that affects the intestines. Scientists say they’ve discovered a major driver of the disease. (Credit: RomarioIen/shutterstock) Researchers have identified a prime culprit behind inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, an incurable disorder that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss from malnutrition. The discovery also reveals a pathway to treatment, […]

What Is CBD and Why Do People Take It? – The Crux

CBD oil. (Credit: ELRoi/Shutterstock) One of the most controversial drugs in America can’t even get you high. Derived from marijuana, CBD, or cannabidiol, could help treat a range of medical conditions, early research suggests — but its Schedule I status has made it hard to study, leaving researchers and patients in the dark. Although it’s […]