Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel07/23/14
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.
Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared to less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports.
Give Us This Day The Bread Wheat Genome
A preliminary map of the bread wheat genome includes the locations of more than 75,000 genes. Cynthia Graber reports.
Supercooled Organs Could Stretch Time To Transplant
Liver transplant time from human donor to patient is limited to 12 hours, but rats that got livers specially stored for three days were going strong three months later. Cynthia Graber reports.
Space-Based Data Collection Better Predicts Floods
Satellite data can help geologists predict major floods up to 11 months in advance in areas where snow melt or groundwater is a significant contributor. Cynthia Graber reports.
Mobile Phones Carry Owner Microbiome
The bacteria found on someone's mobile phone is a good match for the most common kinds of bacteria that live on their hands. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Malarial Mice Smell Better to Mosquitoes
Mice infected with the parasites that cause their type of malaria produce odorous compounds that attract mosquitoes, increasing the odds that the parasites will be spread to the next victims. Karen Hopkin reports
Neanderthal Diners Had Side of Veggies
By analyzing what came out of Neanderthals, researchers have verified that at least some of them mixed vegetation into their meaty diet. Cynthia Graber reports.
21-Second Rule Governs Mammal Micturition
All mammals that weigh more than about six-and-a-half pounds take about the same time to urinate, thanks to the structure of the urethra. Karen Hopkin reports.
Dwarf Galaxies Really Cooking With Gas
The smallest galaxies in the universe gave rise to an unexpectedly large proportion of stars. Karen Hopkin reports.
Cool Kids Get Schooled With Age
Kids deemed cool in early adolescence have a poor chance to keep that status by their early twenties, because their behavior gets old. Erika Beras reports.
White Bread May Actually Build Strong Bodies One Way
The guts of white bread eaters appear to contain more Lactobacillus , a type of bacteria that wards off digestive disorders. Karen Hopkin reports.
Plant Spores Hitch Long-Distance Feather Rides
Tiny spores from mosses, algae and lichens can stick in bird feathers, travel from the Arctic to the bottom of South America and grow into whole new specimens. Erika Beras reports.
Jellyfish Galaxies Get Guts Ripped Out
Recently discovered galaxies shaped like jellyfish leave a long trail of hot gas and dust, victims of even hotter gas from their surrounding cluster of galaxies.
Two-Face Moon Tells How It Got That Way
A new analysis says that the asymmetry between the two faces of the moon is due to crust thickness differences that resulted from variable cooling rates after the molten formation of our companion. Karen Hopkin reports.
Classroom Decorations Can Distract Young Students
Five-year-olds in highly decorated classrooms were less able to hold their focus, spent more time off-task and had smaller learning gains than kids in bare rooms. Erika Beras reports
Kid Scientist Finds Sweet Pest Control
Eleven-year-old Simon Kaschock-Marenda's science fair project led to a publication about the insecticidal effects of the sweetener Truvia. Karen Hopkin reports.
Light Colors Become Fashion Rage For Northern Europe Insects
As northern Europe warms, the light-colored butterflies and dragonflies typically found in the Mediterranean are moving north, and outcompeting their darker-colored rivals. Erika Beras reports.
London Fish Chip Away At Historical Unknowns
Isotope composition within fish tails found in London archaeological digs shows that the city began importing cod from northern Scandinavia some 800 years ago. Cynthia Graber reports.
Meteor Storm Went From Sizzle To Fizzle
The May Camelopardalids meteor outburst turned out to be a dud, because meteor storm prediction is not a sure thing, like, for example, calculating the next eclipse.
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