March 2014

When it comes to advancing medical technology, the family dog isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But that is exactly what is on the mind of Professor Daniel Mills from the UK’s University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences and his colleague Dr. Sophie Hall. In an article that appeared in a recent...

Some species of birds have long been a mystery in their behaviors. Thanks to a discovery made by University of Akron researchers, there is now believed to be an explanation for how sea birds fly over 80,000 miles during their migration from the North Pole to the South Pole, and the Emperor penguin is able...

While most of us realize that there are different smells that we are familiar with, both good and bad, a new study has shown that humans are capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion different odors. This number is exponentially greater than the largest guestimate of 10,000. The results of the study was printed in...

What would be a dream come true to many people has proven to be a reality in mice. An article in Science News reports on how mice have the ability to shed a gene, FAT10, to help them lose body fat. Even more amazing, those mice that dropped weight in this way were also shown...

Engineers from Duke University have made the first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. With some perforated sheets of plastic and some serious number crunching, they made the device which reroutes sound waves to give the impression that the cloak and anything beneath it are not really there. According to the article in Science Daily news, the acoustic cloaking...

A new method has been developed to allow scientists to modify organic molecules that will have a significant impact on the possibility for developing new pharmaceuticals, as well as making existing ones better. A Science Daily news article explains that the innovation made by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has made it easier...

Relief could be available to the millions of people who suffer from migraines. The Food and Drug Administration has given their approval to the first device used in the prevention of migraines, exciting news that could seriously impact thousands of people. The device is called Cefaly and it looks a little like a headband that...

Looks like your mother knew what she was talking about when she told you to eat your vegetables. According to a recent study published at the University of Eastern Finland, developing a habit of eating fruits and vegetables can pay dividends in later years. The results of the study showed that those who ate the...

A fossil assemblage known as the “Daohugou Biota” offers a window into life on earth approximately 160 million years ago. Located in and around the region of Inner Mongolia, China, this incomparable fossil find dates back to an important time during evolution. A description of what paleontologists deem a “virtual paradise of fossils” can be...

A new study shows that older adults who binge drink one or more times a month could be putting themselves at risk for an earlier death. Findings were recently published in the science journal, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Both men and women from their mid-50s to their mid-60s were included in the study. The...