Look Over Here! Owls Teach Us About Brain Processing
Apr06

Look Over Here! Owls Teach Us About Brain Processing

Did you know that your attention is controlled in two ways in your brain? An extreme of either method can lead to mental disorders, including ADHD & schizophrenia. Johns Hopkins University is examining brain activity in owls to shed light these disorders and our thought process in general.

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The Farm-Animal Fix for Hepatitis C
Apr01

The Farm-Animal Fix for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C has no vaccine or cure. Current treatments are costly, inaccessible, and can lead to deadly side effects. Researchers may have just found the furry, farm-dwelling answer to this lack of options: alpacas.

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Pesticide Exposure Suspect In ADHD Blame Game
Mar14

Pesticide Exposure Suspect In ADHD Blame Game

A can of pesticide can hurt more than just pests. Most pesticides today are based on a class of substances called pyrethroids, which have typically been considered safer than the alternative of organic phosphates. However, in his research, Dr. Jason Richardson discovered a startling link between pyrethroids and ADHD.

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A New Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Therapy: Wasp Venom
Feb12

A New Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Therapy: Wasp Venom

Spanish scientists are using the poison in wasp venom to develop a new weapon in the battle against breast cancer. Other researchers are exploring ways to incorporate wasp venom in a new class of anticancer drugs designed to attack different parts of cancer cells at the same time.

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Talking Animals, Wild Teachers
Feb03

Talking Animals, Wild Teachers

Crows are known for their intelligence, particularly their use of tools. A recent study showed just how smart these birds are. After being trained to match items that look the same, the crows spontaneously learned to match items by similarity and difference.

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Who Let The Bugs Out? Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Stop Zika
Dec10

Who Let The Bugs Out? Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Stop Zika

Oxitec, a British biotech company, is combatting the spread of Zika virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, by reducing the mosquito population through genetic engineering. Or rather, letting the bugs limit themselves. Fewer mosquitos? Fewer diseases spread.

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