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Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms | Sciencedaily

“We found carbonised malt in an area with low-temperature ovens located in a separate part of the settlement. The findings are from the 400-600s, making them one of the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Sweden,” says Mikael Larsson, who specialises in archaeobotany, the archaeology of human-plant interactions. Archaeologists have long known that beer was an important product in ancient ... Read More »

BPA can induce multigenerational effects on ability to communicate, mouse study shows | Science Daily

“Rodent pups use vocalizations to communicate with one or both parents, as in the case of biparental species, such as California mice,” said Cheryl Rosenfeld, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, investigator in the Bond Life Sciences Center, and research faculty member for the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurobehavioral Disorders at MU. “There are potential ... Read More »

Increased risk of birth defects in babies after first-trimester exposure to lithium: However, absolute risk is less than previously thought | Science Daily

Nearly one and one-half times as many babies exposed to lithium during the first trimester experienced major malformations compared to the unexposed group (7.4 percent compared with 4.3 percent). In addition, risk for neonatal hospital readmission was nearly doubled in lithium-exposed babies compared to the unexposed group (27.5 percent versus 14.3 percent). However, lithium exposure was not associated with pregnancy ... Read More »

Apollo pauses plans to sell security firm Constellis | NASDAQ

Apollo Global Management has halted plans to sell U.S. military security services business Constellis after talks with Canada’sGarda World Security Corp broke down, according to people familiar with the matter. The New York-based private equity firm bought Constellis, founded in 1997 as Blackwater, for about $1 billion in 2016 and had been pursuing a so-called dual track sale process looking ... Read More »

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis | BBC News

The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats. The animals could then pick up and eat sugar cubes with their front paws. It is early stage research, but experts said it was some of the most compelling evidence that people’s hand function could one day be restored. The spinal cord ... Read More »

Long suspected theory about the moon holds water | Science Daily

A team of Japanese scientists led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University’s Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest Africa. his is significant because moganite is a mineral that requires water to form, reinforcing the belief that water exists on the Moon. “Moganite ... Read More »