The spread of monkeypox has many people concerned, which is understandable given how another viral disease – COVID-19 – upended the globe after early reports of apparent community spread. Microbiologist Rodney Rohde from Texas State University, who works in the area of diseases with animal origins, provides a picture of this smallpox cousin, with some reassuring context on transmission.

As anyone living in the western part of the U.S. knows all too well, a drought has persisted since 2020. But even parts of the U.S. that are projected to see a net increase in annual precipitation are not immune to droughts, writes University of Colorado Boulder research scientist Imtiaz Rangwala, who describes the effects of our “hotter, thirstier atmosphere.” “As humanity enters a hotter future, prolonged periods of weeks to months of below-normal precipitation are going to be of a greater concern almost everywhere,” he writes.

If you’ve ever been curious about intermittent fasting to lose weight, nutritional scientist McKale Montgomery from Oklahoma State University gives you a scientific explanation, starting with how body metabolism works. She also reviews the literature that shows the effectiveness of fasting for reducing weight and disease risk, even while noting that results from standard calorie-restricted diets are not significantly different.

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Monkeypox causes lesions that resemble pus-filled blisters, which eventually scab over. CDC/Getty Images

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Rodney E. Rohde, Texas State University

Monkeypox has been spreading in humans since as early as 1970. While most monkeypox infections are mild, some can be fatal.

Farmers in some regions are being encouraged to preserve and establish grasslands that can survive drought and protect the soil. AP Photo/Mark Rogers

Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future as climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere

Imtiaz Rangwala, University of Colorado Boulder

La Niña is only part of the problem. The long-term driver of increasing drought – even in areas getting more rainfall overall – is the rapidly warming climate.

Intermittent fasting could have an array of health benefits, but as of yet there are no long-term studies into its effects. neirfy/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Is intermittent fasting the diet for you? Here’s what the science says

McKale Montgomery, Oklahoma State University

Proponents of intermittent fasting say the clock can help you win the battle of the bulge. But the science behind it is a little more complicated.