Science AMA Series: I’m Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. I do research on firearm violence. AMA!
Half the Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died Since 2016 (paper sourced in article)
A rare mutation among the Bajau people lets them stay underwater longer: natural selection at the PDE10A gene has increased spleen size in the Bajau, providing them with a larger reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells.
Doctors who prescribe homeopathy ignore other medical guidelines, finds new study which looked at all the 7618 primary care practices in England.
MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method for manufacturing high-quality graphene.
New drug uses antibodies to stop chronic migraines by blocking the neural pathway that sends pain signals to the brain during a migraine. Phase III trials on about 1,000 subjects are complete now and there are already plans for it to be approved by the FDA.
Due to climate change the niche of giant trees is projected to increase by ~4 million km2 globally - "Our results imply that strategic management could in principle facilitate the expansion of giant forests, securing critically endangered biodiversity as well as carbon storage."
Alzheimer’s Disease Starts in Childhood, with Symptoms Found in Babies Less Than a Year Old study in Metropolitan Mexico City finds . APOE4 carriers have higher suicide risk and higher odds of reaching NFT stage V at ? 40 years of age
Oil spills could be soaked up by a new floating substance that combines waste from the petroleum industry and cooking oil. The new polymer acted like a sponge to remove crude oil and diesel from seawater. The polymer can be squeezed to remove the oil and then reused.
A prototype early warning system for the four most common types of cancer makes a visible mole appear on the skin when calcium levels indicate a tumor has developed.
Cold Temp Exposure Causes Epigenetic Changes in Fat Cells
Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person. USDA research shows people with healthy diets rich in fruit and vegetables are the most wasteful.
Researchers found that simply being told that a performer is a professional or a student changes the way the brain responds to music. They also found that overcoming this bias took a deliberate effort.
Superionic ice has been created in the lab for the first time. The ultra-conductive version of ice, which accounts for 60% of Uranus and Neptune, was formed by compressing ice to 25,000 times the atmospheric pressure felt at sea level. The resulting ice was sixty times denser than regular water.
New microscope creates 3D movies of cells in living organisms. "It's like Star Trek" say Harvard researchers.
Diamonds are flexible when made into nanoscale needles
Bold and Aggressive Behavior Means Birds Thrive in Cities
A stunning cure for one of the world's most devastating blood diseases: A pioneering gene therapy vanquishes beta thalassemia in a pivotal clinical trial.
Mars' tiny moons (Phobos and Deimos) formed after proto-Mars collided with a dwarf-planet-sized object, finds new study.
Male fruit flies enjoy ejaculation. Fly brains showed increased signs of a rewarding experience after ejaculating, even with no females present.
Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight - The new muscles are made from carbon fiber-reinforced siloxane rubber and have coiled geometry, supporting up to 60 MPa of mechanical stress, providing tensile strokes higher than 25% and specific work of up to 758 J/kg.
In an example of recent human evolution, scientists find free divers from Southeast Asia evolved bigger spleens, thought to give them greater endurance when holding their breaths.
Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says. Findings could be an indication that some of the negative cognitive effects found in previous studies may be due to the residual effects of cannabis or potentially from withdrawal effects in heavy cannabis users.
A new imaging technique called Adaptive Optical Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy has captured cellular dynamics in living organisms with unprecedented detail.
'Exploding Ant' Rips Itself Apart To Protect Its Own
Machine Learning algorithm can predict evolution of chaotic models without knowing the equations. This may improve weather prediction some day.
Drowning caused 80% of deaths from Hurricane Harvey. Study finds 78% of those deaths occurred outside zones designated as being at higher risk for flooding. US authorities outline floodplains for 100 and 500 year floods that had a 1% and 0.2% probability respectively of occurring in any given year.
Fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria as biomedical and environmental remedy
Using human stem cells, researchers create 3-D model of the brain to study a mutation tied to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
Prehistoric humans may have practiced brain surgery on cows
Enlarged spleen key to diving endurance of ‘sea nomads’
New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction
Researchers who found that /r/depression helped redditors improve their emotional state released a new study on long-term effects. They found that members of reddit's mental health communities faced communication challenges, but the subreddits helped them advance their writing.
Persistent Borrelia Infection in Patients with Ongoing Symptoms of Lyme Disease
'Mono' virus linked to 7 serious diseases, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes. Combined, these diseases affect nearly 8 million people in the U.S.
A new study has confirmed that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a form of autism is named, collaborated with the Nazis and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children
Religiosity is generally tied to reduced suicide risk, but the opposite may be true for LGBT adults. Faith-based partners in suicide prevention and intervention services “should be willing and equipped to assist all people who seek their services, regardless of sexual orientation,” the authors write
This new microscope makes movies from inside living cells (paper sourced in article)
When threatened by other insects, minor workers ants of species Colobopsis explodens can actively rupture their body wall. Apart from leading to the ants' imminent death, the "explosion" releases a sticky, toxic liquid from their enlarged glands, in order to either kill or hold off the enemy.
A randomized trial shows the critical impact of a face-to-face doctor visit for patient perception of compassion, communication, professionalism.
Scientists (EPFL) have examined a slice from a meteorite that contains large diamonds formed at high pressure. The study shows that the parent body from which the meteorite came was a planetary embryo of a size between Mercury to Mars. The discovery is published in Nature Communications.