Snail's Venom Puts Fish In Insulin Coma01/26/15
The cone snail's venom contains not only neurotoxins, but insulin, too--which stuns the fish it preys upon. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Tech Consequences Voiced By Carnegie Mellon Prez
At the World Economic Forum, Carnegie Mellon president Subra Suresh talks about dealing with the unintended consequences of ever more sophisticated intelligent devices.
Diaper Material Expands Wee Microscope Views
The absorbent material in disposable diapers can expand tissue samples, making more structure visible under light microscopes. Karen Hopkin reports.
Obama Talks Ebola and Climate In SOTU @sciam podcast
In the State of the Union address, the President talked about the need for frameworks to be in place to stop future pandemics and rising worldwide temperatures.
Computer Snoopers Read Electromagnetic Emissions
Researchers were able to track the keystrokes of a nearby computer via fluctuations in its electromagnetic radiation output. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Ex-President Wins Campaign Against Ghastly Guinea Worm
Jimmy Carter's efforts against the horribly painful guinea worm parasitic disease have helped lower the number of cases from 3.5 million in 1986 to just 126 last year. Steve Mirsky reports.
Antibiotics in Blood Can Make Malaria Mosquitoes Mightier
The drugs disrupt mosquitoes' gut bacteria, which appears to make the insects more effective malaria vectors. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Health and Conservation Reminders Cut Consumer Energy Use
Households that got weekly messages about the lower pollution they generated via efficiency cut energy use much more than did residents who were told how much money they were saving. Cynthia Graber reports.
Active Sun At Birth Cut Historical Lifespans
High UV radiation during solar maxima may have degraded expectant mothers' stores of folate, a vitamin essential to development. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Making Evolution Make Microbes Make Products
By selecting for bacteria that can survive only if they make a particular product of interest over multiple iterations, researchers vastly improved yields and decreased production times. Cynthia Graber reports.
Human Eye Sometimes Sees the Unseeable
Under certain conditions people can catch a glimpse of usually invisible infrared light. Karen Hopkin reports
E.T. May Reveal Itself With Vibration
Looking for movement could complement chemical searches for extraterrestrial life. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Large Carnivores Getting Comfy in Europe
Populations of big carnivores, such as brown bears, Eurasian lynx, grey wolves and wolverines, are stable or increasing in a substantial part of Europe. Cynthia Graber reports.
Lyme Helps Spread Other Tick Infections
Mice infected with Lyme and the Babesia parasite are more likely to pass on babesiosis than mice infected with babesiosis alone. Christopher Intagliata reports
Lightning May Sink Mountain Summits @sciam podcast by @sciencejulia
Magnetic anomolies in rocks indicate that lightning may be a major player in weathering mountains. Julia Rosen reports.
Budget Bill Stealthily Affects Environment and Energy
Congress took advantage of the pressure to pass a budget bill by adding riders that change rules concerning the environment and energy. Josh Fischman reports.
Plankton Pee May Alter Ocean's Chemistry
The urine of a vast army of tiny fish, jellies, and shrimpy things may play an important role in the ocean's nitrogen cycle. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Penicillins Reveal Additional Antibacterial Power
Penicillin and its relatives have been in wide use since the 1940s, but researchers have only now discovered another way that it thwarts bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.
Short-Term Fasting Made Mice Healthier
Mice that ate their entire food for the day in an 8-to-12-hour window had better markers for health than did mice free to eat whenever they wanted. Steve Mirsky reports.
Laser Zap Determines Fruit Ripeness
The way fruit reflects and absorbs laser light may be a good measure of its progression toward peak ripeness. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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