Today’s Solutions: January 19, 2022

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.

Study: Dry heat can be used to disinfect N95 masks

Since the onset of the pandemic, many hospitals have faced a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks. As a result, researchers have started evaluating the impact of various methods of decontamination on how well masks filter out viral particles — all in a bid to allow Read More...

Study: Goldfish can be taught to operate a vehicle

This interesting study, carried out by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, looked at how capable a fish out of water really is. In an effort to understand animals' navigational capabilities the team used a goldfish as a subject, teaching it to drive a Fish Operated Vehicle Read More...

Scientists develop tech that can separate 12 different types of plastics

Plastic is a much more complex material than you may think. Because it comes in many different types with varied compositions and characteristics, plastic is difficult to separate and recycle at the end of its life. Although, new technology developed by scientists in Denmark may soon change Read More...

Study proves dogs can distinguish between familiar & unfamiliar languages

A new study published in NeuroImage confirms what many dog owners already know—their furry companions are really quite smart. The study focuses on dogs’ brains and their ability to distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar languages. The lead author of the study, neurobiologist Laura Read More...

Engineers develop hydrogen-powered eCargo bikes

In recent years, green hydrogen has been identified as an increasingly attractive clean energy source that could help accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels. And while we’ve seen hydrogen-powered trains, planes, and even boats, it seems like bikes have been left behind — that is, Read More...

Scientists use fungus to develop a sustainable alternative to egg whites

Because it contains a lot of protein, egg white powder is among the most common ingredients used in the food industry. Rearing the chickens necessary for sourcing those egg whites, however, has a significant environmental footprint. As demand for egg white powder is only expected to grow in the Read More...

Scientists record events before a supernova for first time

Before now, researchers have never been able to watch a supernova (a massive explosion of a dying star) as it plays out. Although, as the chaotic aftermath is widely available in the universe to observe, scientists could take a pretty good guess at what actually occurs during the deadly Read More...

Study: New insights into sight loss for stroke survivors

Strokes are extremely prevalent According to the CDC, IN the United States someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. For survivors, the lasting medical complications range between each individual including loss of speech, limb control, memory, and sight to name a few. Scientists know the latter Read More...

Rare fossils found at ancient Australian site

In Australia a number of rare and fragile fossils have been recently excavated by paleontologists. This region in New South Wales was famously called the “dead heart of Australia” over 100 years ago, due to the numerous fossil sites of ancient species found all over the area. The results of Read More...

How we recognize one voice in a noisy crowd

Whether we’re at a busy restaurant, birthday party, or on public transport, sometimes our brain needs to focus on a single speaker amongst a multitude of background noise. A group of scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center, wanted to see exactly how our incredible organ Read More...