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Synthetic Blood Answers Could Come From Deep-diving Whales

September 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Deep-diving whales’ ability to hold their breath for hours at a time could hold the key to making synthetic blood. The myoglobin allowing whales and other mammals to dive deep is much more stable than humans’ - and could provide a blueprint for humans to manufacture their own blood to use for trauma patients and others in need, according to a new study.


New Deadly Snake Species Discovered in Australia

September 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Scientists have just added another species to Australia's extensive list of venomous snakes. Named after the region it was found, the Kimberley death adder is about 20 inches long with a diamond-shaped head.


Protective Clothing Against Chemical Warfare Agents in the Works

September 30, 2015 9:58 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Recent reports of chemical weapons attacks in the Middle East underscore the urgent need for new ways to guard against their toxic effects. Toward that end, scientists report a new hydrogel coating that neutralizes both mustard gas and nerve agent VX. It could someday be applied to materials such as clothing and paint.


Someone Dies of Rabies Every 9 Minutes, Says CDC

September 30, 2015 9:47 am | by CDC | News | Comments

More than 59,000 people die of rabies each year because they cannot get the care they need. That’s about one person dying of rabies every nine minutes. Most of these deaths are in Africa and Asia, and nearly half of the victims are children under the age of 15.


Chili Peppers' 'Heat' Helps Kill Cancer Cells

September 30, 2015 9:35 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Capsaicin, the compound responsible for chilis’ heat, is used in creams sold to relieve pain, and recent research shows that in high doses, it kills prostate cancer cells. Now researchers are finding clues that help explain how the substance works.


Antibiotic Overuse Might be Why so Many People Have Allergies

September 30, 2015 9:20 am | by Avery August, The Conversation | News | Comments

Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. But when we think of antibiotic overuse, we don’t generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.


Plastic-eating Meal Worms Could Solve Plastic Pollution Problem

September 30, 2015 9:11 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Consider the plastic foam cup. Every year, Americans throw away 2.5 billion of them. And yet, that waste is just a fraction of the 33 million tons of plastic Americans discard every year. Less than 10 percent of that total gets recycled, and the remainder presents challenges ranging from water contamination to animal poisoning. Now, enter the mighty mealworm.


Arsenic Found in U.S. Red Wines, But Overall Diet May Pose Bigger Risk

September 30, 2015 8:56 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

A new study that tested 65 wines from America's top four wine-producing states found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what's allowed in drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows drinking water to contain no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic. The wine samples ranged from 10 to 76 parts per billion, with an average of 24 parts per billion.


Three Centuries On, Cell Mystery Solution ‘Seems Almost Obvious,’ Say Stanford Scientists

September 29, 2015 4:50 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Cells are the fundamental building block of life, discovered in the 17th century by Robert Hooke and named because they reminded him of tiny rooms in a monastery – they were uniform, and uniformly small. But scientists have never understood what caps the growth of cells by prompting them to divide once they reach a peak size.


Flowmeters Perform in High Pressure Settings

September 29, 2015 2:40 pm | by Titan Enterprises | Product Releases | Comments

Titan Enterprises OG-1 and OG-2 flowmeters give reliable, high performance in high pressure applications.

Portable Loggers Track Temperature and Humidity

September 29, 2015 2:37 pm | by Omega Engineering, Inc. | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA’s portable temperature and humidity data loggers offer accurate and repeatable logging for temperature (OM-91) and temperature/relative humidity (OM-92).

Virtual Biobank Manages Sample Integrity and Inventory

September 29, 2015 2:35 pm | by Thermo Fisher Scientific | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The Virtual Biobank from Thermo Fisher Scientific is an interactive online tool designed to assist researchers in implementing best practices for maintaining sample integrity to ensure successful downstream research of biological specimens.

Bacteria From Ancient Flea Believed to be Related to Bubonic Plague

September 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic plague.


Scientists Reveal How Billion-dollar Pests Attack Crops

September 29, 2015 1:36 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Invisible to the naked eye, plant-parasitic nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture, causing billions in crop losses every year. Plant scientists have found the first genetic evidence linking one method these animals use to attack plants; they proved that these tiny worms use a specialized hormone to help them feed from the plant.


New Test Identifies All Viruses in Infected Humans and Animals

September 29, 2015 1:24 pm | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Many thousands of viruses are known to cause illness in people and animals, and making a diagnosis can be an exhaustive exercise, at times requiring a battery of different tests. But a new test detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals.



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