99% of commonly used chemicals are not sustainable
New research shows that more than 99% of commonly used chemicals aren’t sustainable. Standard practice for these assessments don’t show the global impacts on natural ecosystems, so scientists created a more comprehensive assessment. The findings published in Green Chemistry show that only three out of 492 chemicals can be considered environmentally sustainable (ETH Zurich).
Research uncovers differences between autism symptoms in boys vs. girls
Researchers have identified unique differences between autism symptoms in boys versus girls. The paper, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, could provide better diagnostics for girls, since most other autism research focuses on males. This research suggests that tests different than the standard evaluation may be needed to accurately diagnose females with autism (Stanford Medicine).
Paper airplanes could be key to next generation of aircrafts
And finally… how paper airplanes are inspiring new types of flying robots. A study in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics experimented with paper planes, which has led to a better understanding of flight stability. Researchers had found that the paper plane’s center of mass changes to accommodate its angle of flight, something traditional aircrafts don’t do. Scientists think this research will help guide the future designs of small, minimal aircrafts (New York University).