latimes.com – A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people.
Source: JoAnn E. Manson, et al. Vitamin D Supplements and Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 2018.
zmescience.com – So, which one is your favorite?
Source: Jue-Sheng Ong, et al. Understanding the role of bitter taste perception in coffee, tea and alcohol consumption through Mendelian randomization. Scientific Reports, 2018.
latimes.com – Natural climate solutions that are based on conserving, restoring and properly managing lands have the potential to mitigate 21% of U.S. annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: Joseph E. Fargione, et al. Natural climate solutions for the United States. Science Advances, 2018.
discovermagazine.com – A large-scale analysis comparing Neanderthal and Homo sapiens skulls found similar trauma rates, suggesting similar lifestyles among the two species.
Source: Judith Beier, Nils Anthes, Joachim Wahl, Katerina Harvati. Similar cranial trauma prevalence among Neanderthals and Upper Palaeolithic modern humans. Nature, 2018.
newscientist.com – A cache of sophisticated stone tools from a cave in China date back 170,000 years – perhaps a sign that our species arrived in East Asia earlier than we thought
Source: Yue Hu, et al. Late Middle Pleistocene Levallois stone-tool technology in southwest China. Nature, 2018.
latimes.com – In limestone caves hidden deep in the jungle of Borneo, archaeologists have discovered the oldest known figurative drawing created by a human artist, dating back at least 40,000 years.
Source: M. Aubert, et al. Palaeolithic cave art in Borneo. Nature, 2018.
latimes.com – The number of calories people burn while at rest changes with the time of day. When at rest, people burn 10% more calories in the late afternoon and early evening than in the early morning hours.
Source: Kirsi-Marja Zitting, et al. Human Resting Energy Expenditure Varies with Circadian Phase. Current Biology, 2018.
zmescience.com – It's simply mesmerizing.
Source: Jordy Davelaar, et al. Observing supermassive black holes in virtual reality. Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology, 2018.
zmescience.com – Music is free and doesn't have negative side effects, unlike sleeping aid drugs.
Source: Tabitha Trahan, Simon J. Durrant, Daniel Müllensiefen, Victoria J. Williamson, Stephany Fulda. The music that helps people sleep and the reasons they believe it works: A mixed methods analysis of online survey reports. PLOS ONE, 2018.
arstechnica.com – "Scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea."
Source: Shmuel Bialy, Abraham Loeb. Could Solar Radiation Pressure Explain 'Oumuamua's Peculiar Acceleration?. arXiv, 2018.