Italy is making climate change study mandatory in schools

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory. The decision will come into force from the start of the 2020 school year.

Any amount of running can lower risk of early death

Recent study shows that any amount of running is associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running. It is also associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria

The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived 5300 years ago, and are still present in non-Westernized populations in various parts of the world. 

Scientists pinpoint neural activity's role in human longevity

Neural excitation linked to shorter life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend life span. Protein REST, previously shown to protect aging brains from dementia and other diseases, emerges as a key player in molecular cascade related to aging. 

To die well, we must talk about death

Talking about death and the end of life is still taboo around the world.  A striking 93 % of Canadian participants in a recent poll think it's important to communicate their wishes for future care should they become seriously ill, but only 36 % have actually done so.

Nasa astronauts complete first ever all-female spacewalk

Previously, 14 women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks. The first woman was the Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who went outside the USSR’s Salyut 7 space station in 1984.

Ethiopia's PM wins Nobel peace prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader Abiy Ahmed, whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent.

Evidence builds that optimism might lengthen your life

A sunny outlook on life may do more than make you smile: New research suggests it could also guard against heart attacks, strokes and early death.

Greta Thunberg's speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change.

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

The researchers found that more mindfulness correlates with better academic performance, fewer suspensions from school, and less stress. The researchers also showed, for the first time, that mindfulness can alter fear and other negative emotions.

Mindfulness for Mild Cognitive Impairment

There's currently no known way to prevent older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from developing Alzheimer's disease. However, recent study show that mindfulness meditation may help.

Washington, U.S. to allow composting human bodies

This week, Washington Governor signed a bill to allow the composting of human remains within the state. It is the only state in the US—and possibly the only government in the world—to explicitly allow "natural organic reduction" of human remains.

UK company has Launched a 4K Video Stream to Space

In their drive towards "democratizing space", the private aerospace company Sen recently demonstrated the capabilities of their 4K video streaming satellite. The purpose of this is to educate the public on our ever-changing world.

Protesters Kick Off a Week of Global Climate Action

Thousands of protesters around the world took to the streets as part of a wave of coordinated action. The protesters want the world’s governments to stop sleepwalking through humanity’s last best chance at ecological salvation.

Thousands of Amazon employees call to tackle climate change

In an unprecedented public push to change Amazon policies, nearly 4,500 employees have put their names to a letter asking CEO Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos and its board of directors to become global leaders in fighting climate change.