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Desalination's leftovers may negatively affect oceans and ecosystems

Desalination's leftovers may negatively affect oceans and ecosystems

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. About 700 million people worldwide lack reliable access to fresh water, a number which might grow due to population growth and climate change. This has pushed many nations to look to new, untapped water sources. One popular solution has been the construction of plants to remove salt from water sources such as seawater. However, new research from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health in Canada is warning that a byproduct of these desalination plants -- super-salty, potentially toxic brine -- is being produced in large quantities and that it could pose serious environmental threats. There are now almost 16,000 desalination plants in the world. Although the majority of plants worldwide are located in the Middle East and ...
How redefining gender under Trump could affect transgender people's health

How redefining gender under Trump could affect transgender people's health

Health
For Kellie Hooker, there's a new sense of urgency to have a surgery that will make him feel more comfortable in his body. The accelerated timeline to transition came after Hooker heard reports that the Trump administration is mulling a narrower definition of gender under the law based on the genitals a person is born with. Hooker, who grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Las Vegas, said he moved to get closer to California, a state where he can undergo gender affirming surgery on his chest without facing discrimination. “I wasn’t going to get top surgery, but in light of all that’s happening, I’ve been flooded with dysphoria,” Hooker, who identifies as a trans man, told ABC News. “To take these huge steps back would make me feel no better than ...
Two unexpected ways the new alimony tax rules affect your retirement savings

Two unexpected ways the new alimony tax rules affect your retirement savings

Finance
Alimony payments will fall under new tax rules starting in 2019. That could mean big changes for your retirement accounts. It's all a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was ushered in by Congress late last year. Under the new regulations, the individual who pays alimony to an ex-spouse will no longer be able to deduct those payments. And the recipient of the money will no longer pay taxes on that income. The law applies to divorce agreements that are formed after the New Year. "If you wer...
Low-calorie diets affect men's and women's bodies differently, study shows

Low-calorie diets affect men's and women's bodies differently, study shows

Health
Men's bodies may respond better to low-calorie diets than women's, a new study showed. A study in Denmark recruited more than 2,000 people who had pre-diabetes -- meaning high blood sugar, but not yet diabetes -- to look at how low-calorie diets worked for them. In the study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that men benefitted in more ways from the reduced calorie counts, and not just in the numbers on the scale. "Despite adjusting for the differences in weight loss, it appears that men benefited more from the intervention than women. Whether differences between genders persist in the long-term and whether we will need to design different interventions depending on gender will be interesting to follow," said lead author Dr. Pia Christensen, of the University of Copen...