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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

Science

From mathematics and AI to medicine and psychology, The Optimist Daily features the latest news on discoveries, technological advances, and breakthroughs in the world of science. Our Science section is here to engage and enlighten you.

Florida carpenter ants: natur

Florida carpenter ants: nature's teeny tiny surgeons and wound care experts

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM From building intricate nests to performing life-saving surgeries, Florida carpenter ants (Camponotus floridanus) are pushing the boundaries of insect behavior. These amazing ants have been seen cleaning and even amputating the limbs of their injured Read More...

Bionic leg breakthrough: mind-

Bionic leg breakthrough: mind-controlled prosthetics transform mobility for amputees

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM MIT researchers made a significant advancement in prosthetic technology by producing a bionic limb that can be controlled directly by the wearer's brain impulses. This device promises to greatly improve amputees' quality of life by delivering a more natural Read More...

Tiny spas for endangered frog

Tiny spas for endangered frogs battling fatal fungi

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Biologists devised a novel approach to tackle a fatal fungal illness that threatens amphibians worldwide. These specially designed shelters, functioning like miniature saunas, help vulnerable and endangered amphibians fend off chytridiomycosis, a deadly skin Read More...

Breakthrough in green hydrogen

Breakthrough in green hydrogen production: cobalt and water replace rare iridium

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Hydrogen generation is frequently cited as a critical component in the shift to renewable energy. However, according to a paper published in Nature Energy by Kiane de Kleijne of Radboud University and Eindhoven University of Technology, the technique has Read More...

Chicago’s bike path expa

Chicago's bike path expansion keeps city on track for a sustainable future

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL STAFF Chicago is preparing to drastically improve its bicycle infrastructure, with plans to build about 47 miles of new bikeways in 2024 alone. This effort is part of a larger pledge to build 150 miles of new and enhanced bikeways over the next few years, Read More...

Pedestrian deaths show first d

Pedestrian deaths show first drop since pandemic, report reveals

THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM After reaching a 40-year peak in 2022, pedestrian fatalities in the United States have finally fallen. According to a survey released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the incidence of pedestrian fatalities will decrease by 5.4 Read More...

Migration of 6 million antelop

Migration of 6 million antelope in South Sudan is the largest land mammal movement on Earth

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL STAFF A thorough aerial study in South Sudan revealed a startling migration of six million antelope, establishing it as the world's greatest land mammal migration. This journey is more than double the size of the well-known annual 'great migration' between Read More...

The leading role your gut micr

The leading role your gut microbes play in stress resilience

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM The gut microbiome—the rich ecology of bacteria that live within us—emerged as a key focus in the study of mental and neurological disorders. Recent research indicates a strong link between the gut and mental health, shedding light on how our gut Read More...

Air pollution down 40%: a loo

Air pollution down 40%: a look at a pedestrianized Paris

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Paris will seem very different from how it did ten years ago when the Summer Olympics roll around this summer. Since 2014, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has led a substantial makeover in Paris aimed at reducing vehicle dependence and encouraging greener urban living. Read More...

How greenhouse-grown cotton ca

How greenhouse-grown cotton can transform the denim industry

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM The fashion industry has long struggled to source cotton in a sustainable way. While Patagonia, Citizens of Humanity, and Christy Dawn have embraced regenerative agriculture, Dutch denim company G-Star Raw is looking into a new alternative: greenhouse-grown Read More...