October 2013

Yeti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot, and the Abominable Snowman are all names for the same mythological creature, depending on where the sightings take place. Not often a topic written on in science current events, these creatures continue to get attention from people in many areas around the world. After thousands of reported sightings, and no scientific evidence...

A human skull that has been fossilizing for almost two million years has been the focus of multiple recent science news articles, forcing scientists to take another look at the previously-thought explanations for human evolution. Discovered in Dmanisi, Georgia in Asia, the skull has proven to be one of the most interesting, yet controversial, finds...

Millions of dollars are spent each year in an attempt to turn back the hands of time and make the outer body appear younger than it is. Although some people would disagree, it is the aging that occurs within the body and its organs that is of the greatest importance. Scientists have long looked for...

Current flu vaccines are not always effective at preventing the flu, and those who get the virus have only Tamiflu to rely on for improvement of symptoms. The primary resource for treating flu is thought to be leading to resistance in some flu strains. There is also the unpredictability of when various strains will prevail,...

Specific proteins within infected cells trigger an innate immune response known as the interferon response. As a result, neighboring cells are activated, which can cause the primarily infected cell to die. Invertebrates also have a mechanism involved in the immune response, called the RNA interference pathway, or RNAi. The RNAi is triggered by a RNA...

The search for a safer and more effective synthetic vaccine has gained ground through the efforts of immunologist Yung Chang of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Through the use of DNA nanotechnology, the introduction of a new class of synthetic vaccines may be on the horizon. A science article reporting the findings of...

Destroying chemical weapons quickly and effectively is becoming increasingly important as chemical and biological weapons become an ever-present threat amid evolving technology.  Yet finding a way to do so using a compact, portable source has eluded us, until now. Young K. Bae, Ph.D., founder of the Y.K. Bae Corp., has developed a technique using “warm dense...

Three-dimensional printing has already begun to revolutionize the manufacturing industry by making it as cost-effective to create a single item as it is to produce thousands of items utilizing conventional manufacturing techniques.  The technology, also called additive manufacturing, uses a digital model to create a layered, three-dimensionally printed object. Now, the biotechnology industry may be on...

For the past decade in the US, the exploration of space has been gradually and forcefully expanding beyond NASA’s sphere of influence. Partly because of the end of the Cold War, and partly because of concerns about the federal deficits, the will to spend tax dollars on space missions has continued to wane. That vacuum has...

Resveratrol is a compound found in grape skin, peanuts, and red wine. It turns out that this healthy compound not only is good for the heart but also might make tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment. Researchers from the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine have studied the cancer-fighting benefits of Resveratrol and found that...