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COVID-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality

By |2020-05-25T02:30:18+00:00May 25th, 2020|

Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant -- ground-level ozone -- has increased in China, according to new research. Two new studies in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the U.S. decreased [...]

Scientists find brain center that ‘profoundly’ shuts down pain

By |2020-05-25T02:26:30+00:00May 25th, 2020|

A Duke University research team has found a small area of the brain in mice that can profoundly control the animals' sense of pain. Somewhat unexpectedly, this brain center turns pain off, not on. It's also located in an area where few people would have thought to look for an anti-pain center, the amygdala, which [...]

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

By |2020-05-25T02:26:52+00:00May 25th, 2020|

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Center for Environmental Information and University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, who analyzed nearly 40 years of hurricane [...]