A study in the journal Nature Communication says that the remains of microscopic plankton blooms in near-shore ocean environments slowly sink to the seafloor and change sedimentation rates. This eventually alters the geochemical signatures used by scientists to reconstruct environmental changes. Organic carbon loading is heavily influenced by sediments.
A study in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment says that the “payback period” for many reusable items like coffee cups and straws does not reach the break-even point because of the energy and water spent in washing them. These supposedly green items fail at impact categories: energy use, global warming potential, and water consumption.
A report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal said that the Chinese vaccine, CoronaVac, has been found safe in the trials. The findings say that it provokes a strong antibody response in individuals aged 3-17. The trial included 550 individuals. Adverse reactions were mild and moderate. Pain at the injection site is the most common symptom.
Quick Heal Security Labs report revealed that the infamous ‘Joker’ malware has been spotted in various apps in Google play store. Auxiliary Message, Fast Magic SMS, Free CamScanner, Super Message, Element Scanner, Go Messages, Travel Wallpapers, and Super SMS apps should be uninstalled. Malware sneaks into devices via app and secretly collects data.
Spotify has launched a new app dedicated to live audio format called Greenroom. It will be available on iOS and Android in 135 countries. The company said that Greenroom was built by keeping creators and artists in mind and optimising for interactivity and deep connections between participants. Users can join Greenroom using Spotify log-in information.
A study at Binghamton University has found that women's mental health has a higher association with dietary factors than men's. Findings suggest that customisation of diet can improve mood and mental well-being in women older than 30. Female participants with unhealthy dietary patterns were seen to experience higher levels of mental distress than men.