1. According to a new study, social networking sites are causing stress among their users, but rather than switching off, they are becoming more addicted to social media platforms, suggesting that they are using the same environment that is causing the stress as means of coping with that stress.
2. Largest study of roles of genes in homosexual behavior found that genetics is responsible for perhaps a third of the influence on sexual orientation. But other factors also have an impact, including social and environmental factors — making it impossible to use genes to predict someone’s sexuality.
3. Much fridge food ‘goes there to die’ – Survey data shows people toss about half the food they think they’ll eat, often because of ambiguous use-by and best-by labels, contributing significantly to the nation’s food-waste problem.
4. Mysterious dark patches in Venus’ clouds are affecting the weather by absorbing UV light. Although nobody knows what these dark patches are yet, researchers recently explored the possibility they might be microorganisms, which is an idea that dates back to a 1963 paper co-authored by Carl Sagan.
5. Researchers suggest seaweed farming could be a versatile tool in the effort to mitigate climate change
6. Scientists have grown hundreds of cerebral organoids with the most complex, human-like activity yet: Though only one-fifth of an inch across, or about the size of a pea, the organoids have developed functional neural networks that generate brain waves resembling those of newborns.
7.A study of 15,000 people has found divorcees are about twice as likely as married people to develop dementia, the study indicated, with divorced men showing a greater disadvantage than divorced women.