This Month in Science

Mohammed Shafim, Contributing Writer

An observational study conducted by the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark kept track of 657,461 children that were given the measle, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for eleven years (1999-2010) and found that less than 1% of children were diagnosed with autism.


Norway will begin to divest $8 billion from stocks in oil and gas exploration companies, the world’s largest divestment from oil and gas. However, Norway will continue investing in Shell, BP, and French company Total, an investment worth $31.4 billion.  


Harvard economic research shows that high-income students who have low-income classmates become more “prosocial, generous, and egalitarian” and are “less likely to discriminate against poor students, and more willing to socialize with them.”


With China’s transportation ban on millions of people with poor social credit (a score which can be hurt by playing music too loudly or not paying a court bill), the country hopes to implement a system in which every Chinese citizen will have a file that will include, among other things, data on their behavior.


Research conducted at York College of Pennsylvania found that those who read their news feed versus the full article tend to overestimate their knowledge on the topic and were overconfident in their knowledge despite having less accuracy on tests about the news topic.


It was concluded that the ivermectin drug makes human blood lethal to mosquitoes, implying that it could be used against malaria spread without any harmful side effects.


Harvard University discovered a set of noncoding regions or “junk-DNA” in worms that trigger a master control gene which turns regeneration on or off. Similar genes have been found in humans, and scientists are currently trying to figure out how to utilize those said genes.


Oceans have broken heat records in 2018 causing higher sea levels, severe weather, endangering wildlife, and unprecedented bleaching of vital coral reef ecosystems.


This piece also appears in our March 2019 print edition.