Science News Your Views July 15-19
The headline articles and blogs featured this week in the Science News, Your Views exhibit on the first floor of the Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences! Check it out:
- America’s Natural Dog: D.N.A. Backs Lore on Pre-Columbian Dogs, by Jack Hitt. Did you know that new research lends support to the idea that the earliest domesticated dogs crossed the Ice Age land bridge known as Beringia some 12,000 years ago?!
- T rex tooth found embedded in prey, restoring dinosaur’s reputation, by Ian Sample. “This is unambiguous evidence that T rex was an active predator.”
- NC State researcher’s technology would use cockroaches to search disaster sites, by Daniel Blustein. Alper Bozkurt, an electrical and computer engineering professor at N.C. State University, loves cockroaches. Big, hissing cockroaches that are big enough, 2 to 3 inches, to wear miniature backpacks.
- How bacteria get inside your house, by S.E. Gould. Given that they occupy every other niche on earth, it should come as no surprise that bacteria are also found in human houses. A recent paper in PLOS ONE looks at how bacteria enter indoor environments: they could breeze in through open windows, be carried on human clothes, or be introduced through sneezing or coughing.
- When feeling anxious, it really does help to get more sleep, by Scicurious.It seems like the worst sort of cycle. The less sleep you get, the less effective you are. Then you have more to do, get more stressed, and stay up trying to get it all done (or lie awake stressing about it). The authors a new study looked at anxiety responses in people, and how they were affected by lack of sleep.
Your Views: Do YOU get enough sleep?