Scientists have engineered a fungus (M. anisopliae) to contain antimicrobial proteins or antibodies that prevent the parasitic infection (P. falciparum) that causes malaria in humans. Mosquitoes, even infected ones, can be inoculated with the fungi that will prevent the parasite … Continue reading
1998: 58% coral reefs threatened 2011: 75% coral reefs threatened 2030: 90% coral reefs threatened 2050: 100% coral reefs threatened
Baldness is an ailment that many would rather reverse or avoid completely. Stress and other life events can impact hair follicle growth and contribute to baldness, suggesting that stress hormones, including corticosteroids, are major contributors to the problem. Wang et … Continue reading
We recently witnessed a new Greenland melting record. And according to a new paleoclimate comparison by James Hansen we could be in for meters of sea level rise within this century, due to expected non-linearity of the melting process.
Despite a bloom in methane-consuming bacteria – and despite us saying last month all BP methane had been eaten – in fact the spilled gas is still present in large quantities, underwater.
A study of hibernating black bears has yielded results that could one day aid seriously injured patients.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria infections are on the rise. Numbers of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) cases are skyrocketing and ways to treat them are limited. By using the proteins expressed in the bacteria itself, scientists have found a new way to … Continue reading
Walking upright is something we might take for granted nowadays. But it has in fact been one of the greatest advances in human evolution. Now a new fossil find confirms that more than 3 million years ago a key ancestor … Continue reading
The discovery of the revolutionary material called graphene, made from simple pencil lead and the process of removing the atoms with scotch tape, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. It was not just the fact that this … Continue reading
Over the past 60 years the easterly trade winds over the tropical Atlantic Ocean have decreased in strength, say Hiroki Tokinaga and Shang-Ping Xie of the University of Hawai. The pattern suggests a permanent ‘Atlantic El Niño’, changed precipitation over … Continue reading