How even a short walk can boost your memory: Exercise improves concentration and problem-solving skills, scientists discover

The authors, from Jonkoping and Linkoping universities, conclude: ‘This systematic review strongly suggests that aerobic, physical exercise followed by a brief recovery… improves attention, concentration, and learning and memory functions in young adults.’

Could unlocking the mystery of the mealworm’s gut help solve our plastic crisis?

When mealworms eat polystyrene — the material used in Styrofoam, and often found in packaging — they excrete half of it as carbon dioxide, and some as partially degraded particles, raising concerns they could add to the growing problem of microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic that can end up in the food chain. But […]

Why is there a problem with getting a test for Covid-19 in the UK?

Why has this happened now? The demand for testing has risen with the easing of lockdown restrictions, up 63% for first-time testers since mid-June. More people are mixing socially and coming into contact with each other as shops, gyms and cafes open and people return to school and work. On Sunday, the number of people […]

Climate change: Seven technology solutions that could help solve crisis

But according to the independent, statutory body the Committee on Climate Change, homes in the UK are “unfit” at the moment to meet the challenges posed by warming global temperatures and the need to reduce energy consumption. Newer, greener, electronic goods could be a good place to start.

Agriculture 2.0: With drones, analytics and mobile apps, agri-tech startups are tackling India’s farming problems

CropIn was also among the 10 research institutions and private agencies that the central government had asked to optimise Crop Cutting Experiments (CCE) across the country in September 2018. According to co-founder and COO, Kunal Prasad, the company’s products are present in 33 countries. “We now work with 2.1 million farmers worldwide, 70% of which […]

Palm oil producers in Malaysia look to prisons, rehab centres to solve labour crunch amid Covid-19

“We are looking at prisons for those who are going to be released in the next few months,” Sime Darby’s Chief Financial Officer Renaka Ramachandran said in a webinar. “We have also gone to drug rehabilitation centres and try to employ anyone who could be appropriate.”

Microsoft admits there’s a serious problem with Windows 10

Microsoft’s on the caseThe good news is that this issue, though serious, doesn’t seem to be afflicting many PCs. Microsoft is also aware of the issue, and has updated the KB4560960 documentation to warn about the issue, stating that “The Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) file (lsass.exe) might fail on some devices” and that […]

New gravitational-lensing study hints at problems for dark matter models

Two possibilities The researchers suggest there are two likely explanations for this discrepancy: either we don’t appreciate all the properties of dark matter, or there’s something missing from our simulations of the Universe’s evolution. Since both of those get the big picture of the Universe largely right, however, the issue is going to be a […]

Former cop on New York Times’ op-ed calling police ‘the problem’: ‘It has gone too far’

The article concluded, “Systems of oppression, like slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration, must be reduced and abolished — not reimagined. Police officers, who primarily put people in cages, are the enforcers of mass incarceration. We must reckon with the reality that the police are part of the problem and stop investing money, power and […]

Brooks: Democrats Have Tried to ‘Get the Issue’ on COVID Relief Rather Than Solve Problem – GOP Wrongly Thinks It’s ‘Normal’ Circumstance

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that Republicans have incorrectly treated coronavirus relief “as a normal fiscal circumstance, where it’s important to save money and be fiscally responsible” and Democrats “have played this more politically, compromised less, tried to get the issue more than solve the problem.”