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Q&A: Grant Zazula and the Disappearance of Mastodons

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week’s Scientist of the Week is Grant Zazula, a paleontologist for the government of Yukon. He and a team debunked theories that over-hunting by early humans led to the disappearance of mastodons from the Arctic and Subarctic.

Q&A: Susanne Renner and the History of the Watermelon

December 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week’s Scientist of the Week is Susanne Renner from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München...

Q&A: Paul Talalay, Broccoli Sprouts & Autism

December 4, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week’s Scientist of the Week is Paul Talalay of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He and a...

Scientist of the Week: Diego Garcia-Bellido

November 13, 2014 7:00 am | by Megan Roche, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

Diego Garcia-Bellido and a team from the Univ. of Adelaide found fossils that were confirmed as...

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Scientist of the Week: David Sanders

November 6, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

David Sanders from Purdue Univ. found that the Ebola virus could become airborne as it can enter cells that line the trachea and lungs under controlled laboratory conditions.

Scientist of the Week: Mary Cushman

October 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Mary Cushman and a team from the Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine discovered that people with blood type AB may be more likely to develop memory loss in later years than people with other blood types.

Scientist of the Week: Justin Yeakel

October 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Justin Yeakel and a team used depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts to assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years.

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Scientist of the Week: Calvin Miller

October 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Calvin Miller and a team studying in Iceland found that conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, not a hellscape as thought.

Scientist of the Week: Sandi Carmen

October 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Sandi Carmen and a team from EPFL discovered that stress activates a cleaving enzyme in the brain that can lead to people being distracted, grumpy, forgetful and more.

Scientist of the Week: Jurriaan de Vos

October 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jurriaan de Vos and a team found that extinctions are about 1,000 times more frequent now than in the 60 million years before people came along.

Scientist of the Week: Claire Sexton

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Claire Sexton and a team from the Univ. of Oxford found that sleep difficulties may be linked to decline in brain volume.

Scientist of the Week: Kristian Carlson

September 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kristian Carlson and a team from Wits Univ. studying the Taung Child— South Africa’s premier hominin— have cast doubt on the idea that this early hominin shows infant brain development in the prefrontal region similar to that of modern humans.

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Scientist of the Week: Maurice Ohayon

September 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Maurice Ohayon from the Stanford Univ. School of Medicine found that one in seven people suffers from sleep drunkenness.

Scientist of the Week: Martin Smith

September 4, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Martin Smith and a team from the Univ. of Cambridge found how a mysterious, long-extinct worm-like creature with legs and spikes called Hallucigenia, fits into the evolutionary tree.

Scientist of the Week: Therese O'Sullivan

August 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Therese O'Sullivan and a team from Edith Cowan Univ. found that eating higher amounts of cheese, milk, yogurt or butter does not make a person more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, cancer or any other cause.

Scientist of the Week: Alan Feduccia

August 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Alan Feduccia and Stephen Czerkas found that a birdlike fossil, called a Scansoriopteryx, is not a dinosaur, as previously thought, but much rather the remains of a tiny tree-climbing animal that could glide. Their find challenges the commonly held belief that birds evolved from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs that gained the ability to fly.

Scientist of the Week: Thomas Bosch

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Thomas Bosch and a team from Kiel Univ. have found that cancer has existed for as long as multi-cellular life.

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Scientist of the Week: Tim Kohler

August 7, 2014 7:00 am | by Washington State Univ. | News | Comments

Tim Kohler and a team from Washington State Univ. studied one of the greatest baby booms in North American history and shed light on the dangers of overpopulation.

Scientist of the Week: Jeffrey Bada

July 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jeffrey Bada and a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego analyzed samples of prebiotic materials created in 1958 by the famous chemist Stanley Miller.

Scientist of the Week: John VandeBerg

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

John VandeBerg and a team from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have established unequivocally, in a natural animal model, that the incidence of malignant melanoma in adulthood can be dramatically reduced by the consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood.

Scientist of the Week: Jon Major

July 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jon Major and a team from the Univ. of Liverpool found that a chemical used to make tofu and bath salts could also replace a highly toxic and expensive substance used to make solar cells.

Scientist of the Week: Daniele Lantagne

June 5, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Daniele Lantagne and a team found that the EPA’s recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens, and are often impractical to carry out.

Scientist of the Week: Kees Jan van Groenigen

May 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kees Jan van Groenigen and Bruce Hungate found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.

Scientist of the Week: Donita Brady

May 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Donita Brady and a team from Duke Univ. found that drugs used to block copper absorption may find an additional use as a treatment for certain types of cancer.

Scientist of the Week: Wieger Wamelink

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Wieger Wamelink and a team from Wageningen Univ. discovered that Martian soil could, in theory, be used to cultivate crops.

Scientist of the Week: Shaun Lovejoy

May 1, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

By analyzing temperature data all the way back to 1500, Shaun Lovejoy from McGill Univ. all but ruled out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate.

Scientist of the Week: Thiago Verano-Braga

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Verano-Braga and a team from the Univ. of Southern Denmark discovered that nanosilver can penetrate our cells and cause damage.

Scientist of the Week: Thomas Junk

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Thomas Junk and a team from the Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette developed a method to turn fat from alligators and other animals into biofuel.

Scientist of the Week: Arif Cetin

April 3, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Arif Cetin and a team from EPFL have developed an "optical lab on a chip,” a hand-held device that can quickly analyze up to 170,000 different molecules in a blood sample.

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