The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. A research arm of WHO has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
Earlier this month, I wrote an editorial based on the release of a study that revealed stark differences between the general public and scientists on science-related issues. It received a lot of attention, garnering comments and sparking debate. Here are a few of the best comments and reaction to them.
Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and staved off diabetes— even when fed a high-fat diet— offering a potential weight-loss strategy for humans.
The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. With years of science experience, we've heard every science joke there is. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: Why do chemists think the world so diverse?
Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions. It also could make them more environmentally friendly.
Scientists have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.
They’re in just about every box you get in the mail, and they almost immediately get thrown in the trash. Now, one group of scientists wants to turn those packing peanuts into power. Researchers have shown how to convert waste-packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.
African cattle infected with a lethal parasite that kills one million cows per year are less likely to die when co-infected with the parasite's milder cousin, according to a new study. The find suggests that "fighting fire with fire" is a strategy that might work against a range of parasitic diseases.
A new international study casts doubt on the leading theory of what causes ice ages around the world— changes in the way the Earth orbits the sun. The researchers found that glacier movement in the Southern Hemisphere is influenced primarily by sea surface temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide rather than changes in the Earth's orbit, which are thought to drive the advance and retreat of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere.
Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not. A new study has shown that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting.
A single-drop DNA test invented by scientists could revolutionize the detection of diseases in humans, livestock and crops. The test works in a similar way to a pH test for swimming pools and gives a result in 90 minutes.
A team of researchers has shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study examined memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember.
More than half of the undergraduates at the Univ. of Oregon have not been vaccinated against meningitis, despite the fact that one student has died and five others have been sickened since January. Public health officials are appealing to parents to get the job done during spring break.
Want to know how many calories are in your shot of Johnnie Walker or your pint of Guinness? You're about to find out. Diageo, the global alcohol giant behind those brands, along with Smirnoff, Bailey's, Bushmills and others, says it will put alcohol-content and nutrition information on the labels of its products.