Here are some of the most interesting science news articles I read this week:
NASA says "Megadrought" likely for western U.S. by end of century
Review article provides evidence on the biological nature of gender identity
(There does seem to be a biological basis for which gender one identifies with, but scientist are still unsure of the exact mechanism)
More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
(Parasites can jump from one host to another more quickly than expected. We probably will experience localized outbreaks of diseases instead of a global pandemic.)
Mothers can pass traits to offspring through bacteria's DNA
(The bacteria in your system can affect your weight and behavior.)
Can a virus from Jerusalem sewage prevent root canal infections?
(using viruses to target bacterial infections)
Climate change driving brutal weather?
Quantum equations suggest Big Bang never happened
Map of second genetic code, the "epigenome," is unveiled
Schrodinger's cat gets a reality check
(quantum mechanics is still weird)
Fearless birds and shrinking salmon: Is urbanization pushing Earth's evolution to a tipping point?
Have a good weekend, and see you Monday!