Tag: Science News

Chemists shine a new light on safer pigments, by accident

Chemists shine a new light on safer pigments, by accident

A new non-toxic blue pigment in two centuries has just been discovered. Now the team of chemists set out to find a safer red pigment.

Fungi Join the Fight Against Malaria

Fungi Join the Fight Against Malaria

Gene-edited fungi have been used to fight against malaria by infecting mosquitoes.

Are some of us “immune” to genome editing?

Are some of us “immune” to genome editing?

Crispr-Cas9 seems like a promising system to treat human disease but what if humans are immune to it?

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Scientists have found a way for Type A blood cells to be transformed into Type O ‘universal donor’ blood cells which could be very useful for future blood transfusions.

A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A review of 592 studies finds that a single standard drink of alcohol per day increases the risk for health problems.

Golden Medicine: Use of Plasmons for Cancer Therapy

Cancer is an immensely complex disease to treat. The number of mutations and combinations of mutations that can lead to its development make each “cure” more of a patch to a few specific cases. Couple that with the increasing rate of mutation within cancer cells,…

Midterm Election Ballot Amendments: What’s up with the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment?

Midterm Election Ballot Amendments: What’s up with the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment?

This election cycle, North Carolinians will be voting on six constitutional amendments, one of which is the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment. The amendment would upgrade hunting and fishing to a constitutional right, designating “public hunting and fishing [to] be the preferred means of…

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

You may have seen the anglerfish sex video floating around the Internet recently, with titles like “The worst sex in the world is anglerfish sex, and now there’s finally video.” While the video is worth a watch, I think most behavioral ecologist would beg to…

Mimicking Electric Eels to Provide Power to Medical Devices

Mimicking Electric Eels to Provide Power to Medical Devices

While the shock of an electric eel sounds like more of a medical nightmare than a fortunate asset, researchers at the University of Michigan were inspired to simulate the power of these slick creatures in hope of creating power sources for a variety of medical…

Science Communication, Advocacy and the Federal Budget

Science Communication, Advocacy and the Federal Budget

Recently, the federal budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 (beginning October 1st, 2018) was released. Shockingly, the initial plan called for brutal cuts to basic research funding agencies—slashing the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) by…