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?

Brandon says that for mealworms to be a viable recycling solution there would need to be a system to collect and treat the partly digested plastic they excrete. Using the bacteria in bioreactor vats instead could be easier to control and would leave no plastic residue. There’s even the potential to use bacteria to break […]

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

What has gone wrong? Sarah-Jane Marsh, the director of testing at NHS test and trace, said on Tuesday that the problem was not a lack of capacity at testing centres themselves but at the labs that process the swabs, which she described as “a critical pinch-point”. When demand is high, access to tests is paused […]

Climate change: Seven technology solutions that could help solve crisis

Energy savings made through design innovations for these household goods might be small individually, but they have the potential to scale and significantly impact energy consumption across the course of a year for a household, and even more significantly across all households in a country.

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

While it’s good that Microsoft has now acknowledged this problem, there isn’t an official fix at the moment, with the documentation just saying that “Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.”

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.”