April 2014

For the first time, an exoplanet which orbits within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed as being the size of Earth. These observations were made by both the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. Recent science articles on the discovery have been published, including that in the Science Daily news. Initially,...

Scientists were surprised to make the discovery of an ancient tundra landscape beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, two miles beneath the ice. They have long believed that glaciers work in a similar manner to a belt sander, scraping off everything as they move. According to the science article printed in Science Daily news, the discovery...

The results of a new study published in the science journal Journal of Biological Chemistry, says the most effective way of tackling debilitating diseases is by punching them at the beginning and preventing them from growing. According to the study printed in a science article in Science Daily, small molecular tweezers can be used to...

Nothing is more terrifying than taking a screening test for any type of cancer and finding out that it is positive. A report from the JAMA Network Journals reported that when women got positive results that turned out to be wrong, they experienced short-term anxiety, but also would be more likely to undergo breast cancer...

For children who suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the pain may not end there. A study of 992 children who suffered with abdominal pain-related disorders included 270 children with IBS, 201 with functional dyspepsia, and 311 with functional abdominal pain. Blood tests were performed on each participant of a study, with 15 positive results...

The argument used to be that global warming existed at all. Now, the debate is more often over whether global warming is the result of natural or manmade activities. A new study is designed to eliminate any argument that warming is caused by nature or that the previous computer models are wrong. The study, published...

The first-ever successful nose reconstruction surgery performed with cartilage that was grown in the laboratory is a significant advance in the area of facial reconstruction. The procedure was completed at the University of Basel, Switzerland, starting with cartilage cells that were extracted from the patient’s nasal septum, which were then multiplied and expanded onto a...

It was just a few years ago that bird flu was a topic of concern in science news. Now, a new study shows that the concern over the virus making the transition to mammals could occur with just five mutations. H5N1 avian influenza was tested previously on ferrets, leading to the assumption that the...

The publication of the first comprehensive, large-scale data set on the way mammalian brains are wired has proven to be some of the most exciting science in the news to date. This publication provides a data resource that gives new insight into how the nervous system in mammals processes information. Researchers from the Allen Institute...

Not that there are many reasons for improving the efficiency of reproduction in cockroaches, but a new study has determined that nothing beats a gentle touch to get the process in high gear. Researchers at North Carolina State University used duck feathers as artificial antennae to determine whether their touch could speed up reproduction in...