Secret UFO civilization, aliens could be here on Earth already: Harvard scientists

Researchers at Harvard University and Montana Technological University speculated that an unidentified, technologically advanced population could be living among humans secretly on Earth.

In a new paper, the team hypothesized that sightings of UFOs (or UAP, unidentified anomalous phenomena) “may reflect activities of intelligent beings concealed in stealth here on Earth (e.g., underground), and/or its near environs (e.g., the Moon), and/or even ‘walking among us’ (e.g., passing as humans).”

The researchers admitted that their research was “likely to be regarded skeptically by most scientists,” but urged the scientific community to consider their claim “in a spirit of epistemic humility and openness.”


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Artists impression of a UFO (PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock)

In the paper, the scientists explained the hypothesis for aliens on Earth.

The researchers said that they believe that “remnant forms,” which are an ancient, highly advanced human civilization, are walking among humans on earth. 


The research also shared the possible existence of a non-human underground civilization that may be “descendants of unknown, intelligent dinosaurs.”

Third there could be hidden occupants, likened to earthbound angels or fairies, on Earth that have traveled to Earth.

The research papers quotes former House Representative Mike Gallagher, who suggested last year that one explanation for the UFO sightings might be “an ancient civilization that’s just been hiding here, for all this time, and is suddenly showing itself right now.

Gallagher’s comment came after UFO whistleblower David Grusch testified under oath that his life was threatened and he was instructed to keep quiet about a secret government-run crashed UFO retrieval program. 


Grusch’s explosive testimony in July 2023 claimed that the U.S. government “absolutely” has UFO tech and “biologics” of “non-human origins” since the 1930s and knows the exact locations where they’re being held.


Reds fan tased and arrested after running onto field and doing backflip in front of officer

A Cincinnati Reds fan invaded Great American Ballpark field on Tuesday night, performed a backflip in front of a police officer, and was promptly shocked with a Taser and arrested.

William Hendon, 19, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail in Ohio on a felony criminal trespass charge and a misdemeanor obstructing official business charge, according to jail records. 


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A fan does a flip on the field before the ninth inning of the Cincinnati Reds game against the Cleveland Guardians at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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A spectator who got onto the field is chased during the ninth inning of the Reds game in Cincinnati on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

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A fan is shocked with a Taser by a police officer at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The incident was caught on video and shared to social media.

The man “did knowingly run onto the Reds playing field during the game without permission to do so,” an officer wrote in a criminal complaint, according to Fox 19 Cincinnati. Another document accused Hendon of impeding an officer’s lawful duties with purpose as he tried to run from the officer who was behind him.

Hendon is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Reds fell to the Cleveland Guardians, 5-3.


Josh Naylor hit his 17th home run and Steven Kwan had a two-run double to propel the American League Central-leading Guardians to the victory.

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The fan, William Hendon, was arrested after running onto the field. (AP/Hamilton County Jail)

Tyler Freeman made two incredible defensive plays to keep the Reds’ scoring to a minimum.


“It’s kind of the way we had the game set up,” Bell said after the game. “Everyone did their job. We came up short but pretty good effort right there by everyone out of the bullpen.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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ESA and Vast to study cooperation on future commercial space stations

ORLANDO, Fla. — The European Space Agency has signed an agreement with Vast to study how the agency could use and support the company’s commercial space stations.

ESA and Vast signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) June 6 during the ILA Berlin air show, agreeing to study collaboration on the commercial space stations that Vast plans to develop, starting with the Haven-1 station Vast plans to launch in the second half of next year.

According to the statement, ESA and Vast will study potential use of Vast stations by ESA and its member states. They will also look for roles for European industry for providing components for Vast’s stations, as well as use of future European crew and cargo spacecraft.

“Today ESA has further proven its determination to play a crucial role into the further development of the LEO economy in space for Europe and European citizens,” Josef Aschbacher, director general of ESA, said in a statement. “Our teams are looking forward to working closely with Vast teams to ensure the European interests and our collective role in space exploration.”

In an interview, Max Haot, chief executive of Vast, said the agreement is a first step towards winning business from Europe, a key partner on the International Space Station, on his company’s commercial space stations.

“The European ecosystem, led by ESA, is a very important partner to any future ISS replacement station,” he said. “A big priority for us is that we build to their requirements and we enable opportunities to fly their payloads and astronauts.”

The MoU, he added, is “a first step, a signal that they see Vast as a credible partner.”

The long-term focus of the agreement is on the space station Vast seeks to develop and offer to NASA through that agency’s Commercial Low Earth Orbit Destinations, or CLD, program. It could, though, include opportunities to fly ESA astronauts or payloads on the smaller Haven-1 station Vast is currently developing.

It could also include any private astronaut missions (PAMs) that Vast wins from NASA to the ISS. Vast announced in February its intent to compete for future such missions to the ISS. Axiom Space has, to date, won all four PAMs awarded by NASA, with the fourth to be flown late this year. Haot said he is still waiting for NASA to issue a solicitation for the next PAM competition, but is hoping NASA will select new missions before the end of the year.

He said Vast in talks with other countries, including ISS partners, on use of Vast stations. “We’re engaging all countries, including key ones that are part of the ISS,” he said, but with no formal agreements yet. “ESA is the first, but we obviously hope to build momentum in Europe and other regions of the world.”


‘Living electronics’ monitor and heal inflamed skin

Researchers have created a prototype for what they call “living bioelectronics”: a combination of living cells, gel, and electronics that can integrate with living tissue.

For years, Bozhi Tian’s lab has been learning how to integrate the world of electronics—rigid, metallic, bulky—with the world of the body—soft, flexible, delicate.

The new patches are made of sensors, bacterial cells, and a gel made from starch and gelatin. Tests in mice found that the devices could continuously monitor and improve psoriasis-like symptoms, without irritating skin.

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Jiuyun Shi holds a small device he and a team of scientists invented that integrates living cells, gel, and sensors to create “living bioelectronics” to heal skin. (Credit: Jiuyun Shi, Bozhi Tian/U. Chicago)

“This is a bridge from traditional bioelectronics, which incorporates living cells as part of the therapy,” says Jiuyun Shi, the co-first author of the paper and a former PhD student in Tian’s lab (now with Stanford University).

“We’re very excited because it’s been a decade and a half in the making,” says Tian.

The researchers hope the principles can also be applied to other parts of the body, such as cardiological or neural stimulation.

Pairing electronics with the human body has always been difficult. Though devices like pacemakers have improved countless lives, they have their drawbacks; electronics tend to be bulky and rigid, and can cause irritation.

But Tian’s lab specializes in uncovering the fundamental principles behind how living cells and tissue interact with synthetic materials; their previous work has included a tiny pacemaker that can be controlled with light and strong but flexible materials that could form the basis of bone implants.

In this study, they took a new approach. Typically, bioelectronics consist of the electronics themselves, plus a soft layer to make them less irritating to the body.

But Tian’s group wondered if they could add new capabilities by integrating a third component: living cells themselves. The group was intrigued with the healing properties of certain bacteria such as S. epidermidis, a microbe that naturally lives on human skin and has been shown to reduce inflammation.

They created a device with three components. The framework is a thin, flexible electronic circuit with sensors. It is overlaid with a gel created from tapioca starch and gelatin, which is ultrasoft and mimics the makeup of tissue itself. Lastly, S. epidermidis microbes are tucked into the gel.

When the device is placed on skin, the bacteria secrete compounds that reduce inflammation, and the sensor monitors the skin for signals like skin temperature and humidity.

In tests with mice prone to psoriasis-like skin conditions, there was a significant reduction in symptoms.

Their initial tests ran for a week, but the researchers hope the system—which they term the ABLE platform, for Active Biointegrated Living Electronics—could be used for a half-year or more. To make the treatment more convenient, they say, the device can be freeze-dried for storage and easily rehydrated when needed.

Since the healing effects are provided by microbes, “It’s like a living drug—you don’t have to refill it,” says Saehyun Kim, the other co-first author of the paper and a current PhD student in Tian’s lab.

In addition to treating psoriasis, the scientists can envision applications such as patches to speed wound healing on patients with diabetes.

They also hope to extend the approach to other tissue types and cell types. “For example, could you create an insulin-producing device, or a device that interfaces with neurons?” says Tian. “There are many potential applications.”

Tian says this is a goal he has harbored since his time as a postdoctoral researcher nearly 15 years ago, when he first began experimenting with “cyborg tissues.”

“Since then, we’ve learned so much about the fundamental questions, such as how cells interface with materials and the chemistry and physics of hydrogels, which allows us to make this leap,” he says. “To see it become reality has been wonderful.”

“My passion has always been to push the boundaries of what is possible in science,” says Shi. “I hope our work could inspire the next generation of electronic designs.”

The study appears in Science.

Additional authors are from the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Columbia University.

The researchers used the Soft Matter Characterization Facility and the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Chicago. They are also working with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to commercialize the technology.

Funding for the work came from the US Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Acceleration Program, a University of Chicago startup grant, and a Rutgers University startup grant.

Source: University of Chicago


Biden border plan offers neither 'investment' nor 'solutions': immigration watchdog

President Biden’s recently unveiled border security policy will likely do little to fix the surge in crossing attempts at the southern border, according to an immigration policy think tank.

“At present, the government is offering neither investment nor solutions,” reads an American Immigration Council analysis of the Biden policy. “It is essentially crossing its fingers that the asylum system will fix itself.”

The analysis comes after the president signed an executive order last week aimed at tightening border security, a move he argued was made necessary by “Republican obstruction” of his bipartisan border bill that failed in the Senate earlier this year.

“The border is not a political issue to be weaponized,” Biden said when announcing the order.


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President Biden announced an executive order to shut down the border when encounters average 2,500 for seven days. (Getty Images)

Biden’s order will cause a temporary suspension of entry for non-citizens once the number of average border encounters is over 2,500 per day over a seven-day period, staying in effect for 14 days after the seven-day average has reached fewer than 1,500 encounters.

According to the American Immigration Council, historical trends indicate that it is unlikely Biden’s order will be lifted anytime soon.

“Recent history indicates that it is highly unlikely that the current emergency will be lifted in the near future, barring an unprecedented and sudden break in border trends. In five of the last six fiscal years, monthly average border crossings have exceeded 1,500 in every month but one,” the analysis reads.

The report noted that it is possible there will be a temporary dip in border apprehensions, which has historically happened as migrants and human traffickers take a “wait and see” approach to U.S. policy, changes at the border, especially during the summer period when border apprehensions generally slow historically.


“But success on the Biden administration’s own terms – reducing border crossing levels for the next six months or longer – would require far more than that. It would require the United States to do what it has tried, and failed, to do for a decade: stop people from fleeing their homes, in the midst of a global displacement crisis, by making life harder for some of those who have already arrived in the United States,” the analysis reads.

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President Biden speaks with a member of the Border Patrol as they walk along the U.S.-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 8, 2023. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Instead, the report calls on the U.S. to strengthen its asylum system and provide “new pathways for people to come without feeling forced to cross the border,” though the report acknowledges such an approach would require “an infusion of resources from Congress to support the humanitarian protection system, including hiring more asylum officers, port of entry staff, immigration judges, and support staff throughout the system.”

“Committing to a deterrence strategy would also require meaningful investment, but for highly uncertain benefit; committing to a solutions strategy would ensure today’s investments will make the system work better tomorrow,” the report reads.


The report also comes as Biden’s order has come under fire from Republicans, with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott accusing the administration of “gaslighting” Americans into believing the president has taken meaningful action.

“As long as the Biden administration refuses to provide any type of enforcement, any type of blockage of people crossing illegally, all that this new Biden policy is doing to do is to actually attract and invite even more people to cross the border illegally,” Abbott told Fox News last week. “There’s no slowing down of people crossing the border. In fact, it’s just accelerating.” 

Gov. Abbott, R-Texas, speaking at Manhattan Institute

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a panel discussion at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Sept. 27, 2023. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)


Abbott’s critique of the policy seemingly played out the day after the executive order was signed, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources telling Fox News that the Border Patrol apprehended roughly 4,000 illegal migrants between ports of entry the day after Biden’s announcement. That number was at least as high as what averages had been in prior weeks leading up to the order, which usually hovered in the mid to high 3,000s.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment. 


Drug mimics good bacteria to fight nasty gut fungus

A common anti-inflammatory drug, mesalamine, can replace the work of good bacteria in fighting the nasty fungus Candida albicans in the gut.

C. albicans, or candida, is known to cause yeast infections. In some cases, it develops into invasive candidiasis, a potentially fatal infection occurring mostly in patients with compromised immunity.

The researchers found that this fungus can’t grow without an oxygen supply. Their study in mice showed that mesalamine can maintain a low oxygen (hypoxia) environment that prevents fungal bloom in the gut.

Potentially deadly invasive candidiasis

The team studied how C. albicans colonizes the gut. The fungus, best known for causing vaginal yeast infections, is usually treated with a topical or oral antifungal without serious side effects. It also harmlessly lives in the gut of around 60% of people.

Yet, when the body’s immunity goes down due to cancer or chemotherapy, the fungus may grow beyond the colon and spread throughout the body. In such cases, the patient develops invasive candidiasis.

“Invasive candidiasis is a potentially deadly infection with a mortality rate of around 50%. That’s even with the best available treatment,” says Andreas Bäumler, a professor in the medical microbiology and immunology department at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of the study, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

Patients with leukemia and other blood cancers may need to take antibiotics. This use may cause an imbalance in the gut’s microbial community. It reduces Clostridia, a group of bacteria that promotes resistance to fungi colonization in the gut. With less Clostridia, C. albicans grows and colonizes in the tract.

“A bloom of C. albicans in the gut during antibiotic therapy is the most common cause of candidemia in people treated for blood cancers,” Bäumler explains. Candidemia is the presence of fungi or yeast in the blood.

Gut fungus has a taste for sugar

Bäumler and his team wanted to understand the factors involved in antibiotic-induced colonization of C. albicans in the gut.

They first colonized germ-free mice with Candida to see what the fungus consumed to bloom and realized it really liked simple sugars, similar to those found in high-sugar diets. Then, they tested its growth in a Petri dish. They placed Candida with simple sugars in an aerobic (with oxygen) setting, and the fungi bloomed.

“A healthy gut has low oxygen. So, we repeated the test in a hypoxia setting,” Bäumler says. The fungi didn’t grow despite the presence of sugars. This meant oxygen is a necessary condition for Candida growth.

‘Faux biotics’

The team did a series of experiments that showed antibiotic use reduced Clostridia in the gut. Giving mice probiotics, such as Clostridia, prevented C. albicans from growing in the gut. Yet, probiotics can be killed by antibiotics and cancer therapy. For this reason, probiotics would not help patients with leukemia or other blood cancers.

“Probiotics are often not safe in patients at the highest risk for invasive candidiasis,” Bäumler says. “Finding a therapy that can function like probiotics but can endure the impact of cancer treatment and antibiotics was important.”

The team explored 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) as a safer way to control C. albicans in the gut. 5-ASA, also known as mesalamine, is an anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The researchers tested 5-ASA in mice treated with antibiotics. They found that the drug could replace the work of probiotics by preventing oxygen in the colon and C. albicans from expanding in the gut.

“Limiting oxygen in the gut by replacing the function of good bacteria could be a strategy for reducing invasive candidiasis,” Bäumler says. “Our study opens a totally new treatment option for fatal fungal infections, especially for patients with cancer. After all, fungi cannot become resistant against hypoxia.”

The team proposed the term “faux-biotics” to refer to products, such as 5-ASA, that mimic the function of probiotics like Clostridia.

Funding was provided by Microbiome Tri-institutional Partnership in Microbiome Research (TrIP) Seed funding, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Public Health Service Grants, and the National Institutes of Health.

Source: UC Davis


Kongsberg NanoAvionics strengthens government focus with new CEO

TAMPA, Fla. — Kongsberg NanoAvionics hopes to significantly expand its government business after appointing national security specialist Atle Wøllo to lead the Lithuanian small satellite builder.

The company appointed Wøllo as CEO June 10 to replace Žilvinas Kvedaravičius, who held the position on an interim basis following the departure of co-founder and former CEO Vytenis Buzas last year.

Wøllo joined after nearly three decades at Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, which produces spacecraft subsystems and other products mainly for military customers and bought a majority stake in NanoAvionics in 2022

He was most recently senior vice president for special programs at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, part of Kongsberg, a Norwegian tech giant that recorded $3.7 billion in revenue for 2023.

“Right now, [NanoAvionics has] a split of around 80 to 20 ratio between commercial and government customers,” he told SpaceNews, adding that the company categorizes subcontractor work to government programs under the commercial umbrella.

However, prime government missions with potentially larger contracts are becoming an increasingly lucrative growth area for the company, he added, “so potentially not so far into the future, that could be equally important as commercial, I would say, and maybe even more important.”

He pointed to multiple government-related customer opportunities on the horizon in Norway, Europe, the United States, Asia and elsewhere.

“When prices are low, that opens a new market for a lot of governments,” he said, in addition to commercial companies where demand remains high.

Through its new parent company, NanoAvionics also has access to secure satellite integration and testing facilities for handling classified information and hardware to meet high-security needs.

Constellation era

NanoAvionics produces satellites ranging from about 10 to 220 kilograms, and Wøllo said the company continues to see a pull toward larger spacecraft as costs to build and launch them decline.

About 80% of new bids are at the larger end of the company’s product range, according to Wøllo.

“We are also working on multiple constellation feasibility studies, both for commercial customers and governmental programs,” he said. 

“The constellations we are bidding on range from a couple of dozen satellites to a couple of hundred, with delivery dates expected within a three-year time span from today.”

NanoAvionics worked on 66 small satellites in total during 2022 and shipped 16 of them to customers that year. 

In 2023, Wøllo said NanoAvionics worked on 73 satellites and delivered 21.

The company, which also offers mission integration services, currently employs around 300 people across offices in Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States — up from 250 last year.


Rory McIlroy says he and wife are not divorcing: 'A new beginning'

Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday that he and his wife, Erica, are not getting a divorce.

News of their split came about last month. McIlroy reportedly filed divorce papers after his first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, which he won that weekend.

However, there appears to be a change of heart.


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Rory McIlroy of Europe with his wife Erica McIlroy after the singles matches on the final day of the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy. (Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning,” he told The Guardian.

Us Weekly reported she was “lonely” in their marriage, and the four-time major champion was “a hard person to be married to” due to his playing career. The initial divorce papers cited irreconcilable differences.

McIlroy apparently wrote that the marriage was “irretrievably broken” and was looking to enforce the prenup they signed a month before their April 2017 wedding, and joint custody of their 3-year-old daughter.

Erica McIlroy at the 2023 Masters

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wife, Erica McIlroy, looks on on the first hole during the Par 3 contest prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


McIlroy said there had been “rumors about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate,” and “responding to each rumor is a fool’s game.”

They started dating in 2015 after the PGA Tour star and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki broke off their engagement in May 2014. Rory and Erica became engaged later in 2015 and married in April 2017.

Stoll is a former PGA of America employee. She was seen by his side at several tournaments, including last year’s Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy at Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on while playing the ninth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 9, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina.   (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


McIlroy will tee off at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 this Thursday in hopes of his fifth major, yet it would be his first in nearly a decade. His last came in first in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla, where this year’s tournament was.

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June 8, 2024 – Israel-Gaza news

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza, on May 30.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has added Israel’s military to a global list of offenders who have committed violations against children, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Friday. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad were also added.

The list will appear in an upcoming annual report on children in armed conflict, which will be sent to the UN Security Council next Friday, Dujarric said at a media briefing.

Israel leaks phone call: Dujarric said the secretary-general’s chief of staff called the Israeli UN mission Friday to give it a “heads up” about the inclusion on the list — a courtesy afforded to newly listed countries.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, made a video recording of the call and leaked part of that on social media.

In the video, Erdan can be heard expressing his outrage at the UN decision, saying Israel has “the most moral army in the world,” and that the move “incentivizes terrorism and acts out of hatred for Israel.”

Some context: Israel’s inclusion on the list comes after eight months of devastating Israeli bombardment and fighting with Hamas in Gaza. In that time, more than 15,500 children have been killed, according to the Ministry of Health in the enclave.

The UN’s “blacklist” has previously included countries such as Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The official report will be published June 18, and discussed at a debate in the Security Council on June 26. Asked about ramifications for Israel, the UN spokesperson said it will be up to the council’s members to decide any action.

Dujarric encouraged everyone to read the entire report.


Heat waves boost preterm birth risk

The increased frequency and intensity of heat waves due to climate change puts women at a higher risk of experiencing preterm and early-term labor.

Both preterm and early-term labor jeopardizes the health and well-being of their babies.

An analysis of 53 million births that occurred in the 50 most populous US metropolitan areas during the 25-year period from 1993-2017 showed the rates of preterm and early-term births increased when local temperatures were abnormally hot for more than four consecutive days.

The study is the largest to date investigating the association between extreme heat and perinatal health.

Preterm and early-term births—gestation of less than 37 weeks and less than 39 weeks, respectively—are leading causes of infant mortality and longer-term health issues, such as respiratory, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes.

Even modest increases in cases of these conditions can have large public health implications.

“We are forecasting a very warm summer this year and because of climate change we will experience more heat waves in the future,” says senior author Howard Chang, professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

“Our study shows that this increase in temperature could mean worse outcomes for the babies, because babies born prematurely can have health issues and additional health care costs.”

The study appears in JAMA Network Open.

Researchers from Emory University, the University of Nevada Reno, Yale University, the University of Utah, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research contributed to the work.

Source: Emory University