High levels of microplastics released from infant feeding bottles during formula prep

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Oct 202020
 

New research shows that high levels of microplastics (MPs) are released from infant-feeding bottles (IFBs) during formula preparation. The research also indicates a strong relationship between heat and MP release, such that warmer liquids (formula or water used to sterilize bottles) result in far greater release of MPs. The work underlines the need for appropriate mitigation strategies and new plastic technologies.

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How initiatives empowering employees can backfire

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Oct 202020
 

Strategies meant to motivate people in the workplace may have unintended consequences — depending on who’s in charge. Recent research shows that empowerment initiatives aren’t necessarily the answer for business leaders hoping to motivate their employees.

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Fear and anxiety share same bases in brain

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Oct 192020
 

A recent report provides new evidence that fear and anxiety reflect overlapping brain circuits. The findings run counter to popular scientific accounts, highlighting the need for a major theoretical reckoning.

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Octopus-inspired sucker transfers thin, delicate tissue grafts and biosensors

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Oct 162020
 

Thin tissue grafts and flexible electronics have a host of applications for wound healing, regenerative medicine and biosensing. A new device inspired by an octopus’s sucker rapidly transfers delicate tissue or electronic sheets to the patient, overcoming a key barrier to clinical application.

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