Wake in the News

Some moths taste so bad that they don't bother fleeing from bats

December 16, 2019   |  The Guardian

WFU biologist William Conner and his co-researcher Nicolas Dowdy at the Milwaukee Public Museum, found certain members of the Tiger moth family do not duck and dive from predatory bats with the same vigor as their counterparts. Their study was published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, “W”Moths with more potent chemical defenses are more ‘nonchalant’, performing evasive maneuvers less often,” Dowdy said.

Why fitness trackers may not be the wisest Christmas gift for kids

December 16, 2019   |  The Sydney Morning Herald

Health and Exercise ScienceProfessor Gary Miller says activity trackers promote a type of exercise that is not necessarily fun for children. Miller said “One of my biggest gripes is when adults try to increase physical activity for children, [t]hey think they will want to do what adults want to do. They place them on a treadmill or have them walk around a track instead of promoting play.”

Researchers have created a new carbon-neutral fuel

December 16, 2019   |  Phys.org

A chemical process that takes carbon dioxide pollution from manufacturing plants and converts it into liquid fuel has been created by researchers at Wake Forest. This carbon-neutral process does in a lab what trees do in nature, it converts carbon dioxide into useful chemicals or fuels. Scott Geyer, the corresponding author of the paper and Wake Forest associate professor of chemistry said, “This catalyst makes the process much more efficient and silver diphosphide is the key that makes all the other parts work. People make syngas out of coal all the time, but we’re taking something you don’t want, carbon dioxide pollution, and turning it into something you do want, fuel for industry.”

The movement to bring death closer

December 19, 2019   |  The New York Times Magazine

By the 1930s, with increasing numbers of people dying in hospitals instead of homes, death became professionalized. Funeral-industry groups had lobbied state legislatures to create laws about who could prepare and bury bodies. A symbiotic relationship has developed between our cultural assumptions about what constitutes the “right” funeral and the funeral industry’s interests, notes law professor Tanya Marsh, who specializes in funeral and cemetery law. “We were complicit in handing over control of this sphere of life to a profit-making industry. If we don’t like it, we can take it back.”

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