February 2014

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in a variety of products, such as food cans, water bottles, and even paper receipts. It is a hormone mimic that has been shown to alter signaling mechanisms in estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormones. Studies in mice and rats have previously demonstrated that maternal exposure to even very...

As climate change continues to progress and the earth’s temperature increases, insects and other cold-blooded animals are affected alongside humans. Because their body temperature is determined by the ambient temperature, vital biological processes are also affected in regards to how quickly and efficiently they take place. A group of Danish and Australian researchers performed a...

A new study gives hope to those individuals who suffer from blindness caused by progressive degeneration of photoreceptors in the eyes. These rods and cones are the source of blinding diseases which include retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. A science article in Science Daily news reports on a study performed by Dr. Richard Kramer...

Taking the command “stay!” to a new level has allowed scientists to learn new details of how dogs’ brains work. A science article reprinted in Science News, Science Daily and other current science news publications was originally reported in the scientific journal Current Biology on February 20th giving details of the study where researchers taught...

The links between head trauma and degenerative brain disorders has been increasingly in the spotlight with the issues of professional athletes. A 2012 study concluded that retired National Football League players were 4 times more likely to die from diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) and Alzheimer's. Repeated concussions were...

All those plastic bags that you bring home from the grocery store may turn out to be useful. Not only do they clutter homes, but there is also an abundance of them on land and at sea. Now, scientists have found that these bags can be converted to diesel, natural gas and other petroleum products....

For people who go to the emergency room with animal bites each year, cat bites account for only 10 to 15 percent. Although dog bites are much more common, the wounds inflicted by cats are of special concern because of a greater infection risk. Dog bites are also more likely to tear through flesh and...

A new predator is invading North America: the crazy ant. Until now, fire ants were the most feared invaders of their kind, producing a notorious sting painful to their victims. It turns out that the crazy ants have the ability to detoxify fire ant venom in a way that that no other insect or animal...

The reason that so many people doubt the scientific findings that relate to important issues such as global warning may be a simple reflection of their mistrust of scientists. According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 36% of Americans admit to having “a lot” of trust that the information obtained from scientists is accurate and...

Thanks to advances in technology, new high-tech glasses to be worn by surgeons allow them to see cancer cells. The glasses, developed by a team led by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University, were used for the first time this week at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish...