November 2013

Those in environmental science have long recognized that there is a direct link between global warming and the body size of mammals, including primates, horses and deer. During the period of global warming that took place approximately 55 million years ago, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, these animals became much smaller in...

Fingerprints have long provided a method used for law enforcement to learn who was guilty of crimes. Now, fingerprinting technology has been improved. Adding a fluorescent product to directly highlight fingerprints makes it faster, easier and less expensive to gather fingerprint evidence. The discovery made by the French Police and Gendarmerie, in combination with the FBI...

In the past, women who made important contributions to science were impressive because of their low numbers. Today, women are still behind men in attaining science jobs, in spite of the greater acceptance of women in the workplace and the number who are getting degrees. Although more women are earning college degrees, they are still...

According to the latest Science News, the need for tissue and organs is now being met by simply allowing them to be printed out. Scientists have refined technology that has been developed over the last several years, so that they are now able to produce different types of tissue on demand. The organ transplant scandals...

There are many benefits, both physical and psychological, that come from a good workout. Exercise increases brain function, boosts memory, improves learning skills and reduces the effects of aging on cognitive thought. Some of the latest science news is about the progress scientists are making at identifying the cause of these positive results. In the...

Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women, especially those over the age of 50. While some experience uniform thinning of their hair, others may have spots or complete baldness. In spite of new medications and treatment methods that have been developed, little success has been found in preventing or reversing balding....

The fact that white men are more susceptible to testicular cancer has long been known. Now, researchers have made a discovery that may explain this differentiation. A genetic variant known to put men at an increased risk of developing the cancer plays a role in protecting fair-skinned men from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. A...

Oarfish are thought to be the world’s largest bony fish. They can reach over 30 feet long and have a sea serpent reputation from infrequent sightings. However, because these fish live in deep water, usually 650-1,000 feet down, not much is known about them. Researchers at the University of Santa Barbara recently had a rare opportunity...