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Salmon to lose sense of smell as CO2 levels rise

Salmon to lose sense of smell as CO2 levels rise

Science
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- As atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide will be absorbed into the ocean. New research suggests rising CO2 levels in the ocean could disrupt the olfactory abilities of coho salmon. Salmon rely on their sense of smell to track prey, find mates and navigate their way back upstream to spawn. According to the new study, published this week in the journal Global Change Biology, a compromised sense of smell would pose a serious threat to the health of salmon populations. Lab experiments showed rising acidity levels caused by elevated CO2 levels inhibits salmon's already vulnerable sensory-neural system. "Our studies and research from other groups have shown that exposure to pollutants can also interfere with sense of smell for salmon," Ev...
Teen vaping on the rise as use of other substances remains steady or declines: Survey

Teen vaping on the rise as use of other substances remains steady or declines: Survey

Health
Cigarettes and other drugs have taken a backseat to vaping as more teens partake in the activity, making it second only to alcohol in substances used, according to a survey. The National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded Monitoring the Future survey looked at vaping rates in teens for the second year in 2018, and found a dramatic increase in the number of teens who used the devices — from 27.8 percent of 12th-graders to 37.3 percent who reported “any vaping” in the past 12 months. That includes students who vaped nicotine, marijuana or hash oil or just flavoring. The survey has assessed drug, alcohol and nicotine and tobacco use — as well as attitudes toward them — in students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades in hopes of identifying and responding to unhe...
Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities

Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities

Entertainment
A different kind of internet celebrity is emerging; virtual characters that talk on YouTube or pose on Instagram like living, breathing people. Is this the dawn of a new breed of star?Kizuna AI has 2.3 million YouTube followers. She post videos nearly every day, talking to camera about life, love and video games. But she is also a CGI construct; a fictional character made to look like a young woman, voiced by an actor, claiming to be an advanced artificial intelligence. Her channel is part of a growing trend in Japan for so called virtual YouTubers, or VTubers. Much like regular YouTubers, these personalities speak about everyday subjects - from relationships to TV shows - but under the guise of an animated avatar, created using inexpensive motion-sensing technology.This type of virtual pe...
Wages rise at fastest pace for decade

Wages rise at fastest pace for decade

Business
Wages are continuing to rise at their highest level for nearly a decade as Brexit nears, official Office for National Statistics figures show.Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, went up by 3.3% in the three months to October, the biggest rise since November 2008.It follows a 3.2% rise in wages last month compared with the previous year.The number of people in work rose by 79,000 to a record high of 32.48 million in the period.That is the highest figure since records began in 1971.Unemployment also increased by 20,000 to 1.38 million, although the total is still lower than a year ago.The reason both employment and unemployment have increased is a result of the UK's rising population and more people joining the labour force, such as students and old...
Train ticket prices to rise by 3.1% in January

Train ticket prices to rise by 3.1% in January

Business
The price of train tickets will rise by an average of 3.1% in January, the rail industry has announced. The new fares will come into force on 2 January.Fares regulated by the government - around 40% - are set at July's RPI, which was 3.2%.These include season tickets on most commuter routes, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys and flexible tickets for major cities.Other fares are set by train operators.The overall rise of 3.1% announced on Friday is just slightly less than the latest wage growth figure of 3.2% for the three months to September.Rail Delivery Group chief executive Paul Plummer said: "Nobody wants to pay more to travel, especially those who experienced significant disruption earlier this year."Money from fares is underpinning the improvement...