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The male-sex defining Y chromosome, has only 19 of the approximately 600 genes it once shared with the female-defining X chromosome over 200 million years ago, making it much smaller than the X and our 21 other chromosome pairs. In fact, the Y has so few genes left that there was some concern that the...

The prevalence of type 1 diabetes in people under age 20 years rose by 21% between 2001 and 2009, according to the latest SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks cells in...

Throughout the history of high-altitude mountaineering in the Himalayan region, Sherpa have served as guides. And while the term ‘Sherpa’ has come to mean almost any guide or porter hired for a climbing expedition, the Sherpa are a distinct ethnic group that lives mainly in the country of Nepal. Among the international climbing community, Sherpa are...

These days, when most people hear the term “raised-bed gardening,” they probably think of carefully tended boxes of plants in community gardens and suburban backyards.  Popularized by John Jeavons in the early 1970s, the Grow Biointensive Method did a lot to popularize biodynamic gardening and firmly established the term “raised bed” in the vocabulary of...

Those of us of a “certain age” may soon be more often reminded of our high school and college days as wafts of “hippie smell” become more common. That’s because large volumes of patchouli oil are about to be synthetically produced, allowing it to be used on a larger scale in common consumer products. Patchouli oil,...

In many a garden around the world, lettuce is a prized produce. With crisp leaves and hearty in nutrients, lettuce is a ubiquitous ingredient in submarine sandwiches to Brunswick stew and everything in between. And as with any other agricultural product, lettuce depends on healthy doses of soil, water and sunlight for photosynthesis. But what happens when...

Scientists using a new method of measuring temperatures from the past have discovered that there were parts of ancient Antarctica that were just as warm then, as the California coast today; as were polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean in comparison to modern Florida heat. These new measurements will help scientists in their climate...

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...