Today’s Solutions: November 26, 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.

Most detailed on the universe to date, looking at galaxy cluster SMACS 0723.

Revel at the most detailed image of our universe yet

Here at The Optimist Daily, we have been sharing every exciting step of the James Webb Telescope’s journey, from its long-awaited launch, to when it reached its final destination. Now the machine has delivered the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe yet! Known as Read More...

Agricultural field, which is ready for harvest ripe corn.

How aspirin and crop resilience go hand in hand

Did you know that plants have been making aspirin for millions of years? And humans have been using it as far back as Neanderthal times for self-medication? The pain medication can be found in trees and sunflowers alike in an unprocessed form called salicylic acid, created in response to when a Read More...

Mosquito

Researchers identify three factors to help prevent mosquito-spread disease

With the variabled future of weather in an ever-changing climate, the prevalence of mosquitoes is expected to increase or at least become more unpredictable. This is expected to exacerbate the spread of certain diseases, like malaria and dengue fever. In places like Sri Lanka, this represents a top Read More...

Salt

Adding less salt to your food can add years to your life

In some cultures, it is considered polite not to season your food at a restaurant or at a friend’s home. You eat it the way that the chef prepared the dish. Not only is this showing respect to the chef, but it is also healthier for you.  A recent study of 500,000 middle-aged Britons showed Read More...

Cute girl and her grandmother cooking in kitchen.

The secret to our species' success? Our grandparents

The long-standing theory of evolution has always been based on natural selection: that traits are favored to promote reproductive success. This makes sense why harmful mutations and diseases appear much later in life, with our bodies more likely to degenerate when we are no longer fertile. This is Read More...

Squirrel

UK scientists plan to use contraceptives to curb invasive gray squirrels

In the late 19th century, gray squirrels were introduced to the United Kingdom from the United States. Since then, the gray squirrel population has exploded in the UK to the detriment of the county’s woodlands. These squirrels strip the bark of trees to get at the sap beneath, and British forests Read More...

Aerial of fin whale in the Antarctic ocean.

Largest number of fin whales seen feeding together in over 50 years

Fin whales are the second-largest in the world, growing up to 85 feet (26 m) long and 160,000 pounds (72.3 metric tons). In 1976, the numbers of these magnificent giants in the Antarctic were dangerously low, caused by human commercial hunting practices. This caused a ban on commercial whaling to Read More...

Young man enjoys big and tasty breakfast at downtown cafe, prepares delicious sandwich or toast with avocado spread and smoked salmon on top.

The time has almost come for vegan lab-grown salmon filets to hit the market

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of buzz around meat alternatives—lab-grown meat alternatives that are— that will help those who don’t want to sacrifice the taste and “mouth feel” of real animal products ease into a more sustainable, eco-friendly, and a plant-based Read More...

Ancient tree / Woodland walk at Allen Banks in Northumberland past ancient trees

This UK-based project maps England’s hidden ancient trees

An impressive project taken up by researchers at the University of Nottingham is revealing the secret hiding places of England’s ancient and veteran trees—and it turns out that the country is hosting ten times as many as experts had thought. Conservationists compare the researcher’s Read More...

Teenagers

This 30-minute training can help teenagers’ response to stress

Many successful people live by the expression “in every tragedy, there is an opportunity.” It turns out that the same kind of thinking can apply to the smallest of moments and to the youngest of people.  A new 30-minute online training session can reduce teenagers’ stress by teaching them Read More...