Author: Gianna Melillo

New recycling method could eliminate the climate impact of plastic

Story at a glance Plastic pollution is one of the more pressing issues for conservationists and environmentalists alike. Researchers in Sweden harvested a byproduct of plastic disposal and used it to create a new sustainable plastic. By incentivizing collection of this byproduct, experts hope to scale the process and create a more sustainable plastic recycling…

US begins testing a universal flu vaccine

Story at a glance Flu vaccine efficacy varies from year to year due to a host of factors. In an effort to better protect against influenza, researchers developed a whole-virus vaccine. Previous trials showed the vaccine was effective in mice, even against strains not included in its formulation. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical…

These are the least independent states in the US: report

Story at a glance Kentucky was followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, and South Carolina, respectively. In comparison, Utah, Colorado, and Massachusetts ranked among the top five most independent states. The rankings are based on consumer finances and reliance on the federal government, among other metrics.  As the nation prepares to celebrate its 246th Independence Day…

How will the Roe v Wade overturn impact Americans’ mental health?

Story at a glance The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v Wade means access to abortion services will be up to the discretion of individual states. Numerous states are poised to severely restrict access in the coming days, while others are advertising themselves as abortion safe havens. The United State’s leading mental health organization condemned…