April 2014

The annual energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory illustrate how much energy is being used by the nation. The sheets released for 2013 show that Americans increased their energy use last year by 2.3 quadrillion thermal units, in comparison with the usage in 2012. In addition, the carbon dioxide emissions for...

The Golden Guides, which were originally titled Golden Nature Guides, were widely available in the 1950s. They were primarily intended for children who were inclined toward science. Written by experts and profusely illustrated, the series covered subjects such Birds (1949), Flowers (1950), Fishes (1955) and Mammals (1955), and then expanded to a wider range of...

IBM recently announced that its Watson supercomputer, which grew to fame on the TV game show Jeopardy, will be teaming up with the New York Genome Center (NYGC) to help doctors develop personalized treatments for cancer patients based on their genetic makeup. Genetic information obtained though genome sequencing has the potential to help clinicians tailor treatment...

Fruit flies have long been used for all types of studies. Many species exist, and only one has been identified as being a crop pest. Researchers from the University of California recently explained the similarities and crucial differences between this species and the others. They also expanded on the idea of why another close relative...

Researchers claim that they have discovered evidence that proves the universe was created in only a matter of a split second. The discovery is based on an idea called “Cosmic Inflation” -- a different take on the Big Bang theory. The experiment that led to the discovery was conducted by a team of astronomers with...

The discovery of a 3,000 year-old human skeleton is proof that cancer is not a modern-day illness. Originally reported in the academic journal PLOS ONE, the discovery was made by a Durham University PhD student in a tomb in modern Sudan in 2013. The most complete skeleton this old with metastatic cancer dates back to...