February 2014

Honey bees have been in a number of science articles over the past few years as their population has been steadily declining. The efforts of a group of Australian scientists could help the world gain an understanding of how the spread of diseases has wiped out bee populations in the northern hemisphere. According to an...

  Everyone is familiar with pain, but no one fully understands its underlying molecular mechanisms. Scientists at King’s College, London, are doing something about that. In a recent study they found that life style and environmental factors that affect the epigenome, such as diet, smoking, drinking and exposure to pollution, might also alter a person’s sensitivity...

Reports of MERS infections have been on the decline over the past few years, but according to current news, the problem remains a significant one. Infection control experts reported in a science journal editorial recently that the problem is “significant but underappreciated.” Due to the concentration of vulnerable patients in the hospital, their frequent movement,...

Several recent science articles focus on new discoveries that bring forth concerns about old bacteria causing many deaths in the past could lead to new bacteria that may cause future outbreaks. Researchers have found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims of the Justinian plague from around 1,500 years ago. Scientists...

The quality of white matter in the brain may have an impact on an individual’s ability to excel at addition and multiplying, according to a new study. The white matter in the brain performs as a protectant sheath around neural pathways made up of gray cells, or gray matter. The neural pathways are like bundles...