Studies have shown time spent in nature does us all good. Specifically a recent study done with 1,200 people, published in the journal Environmental Health and Technology found that even just five minutes in a leafy park can significantly boost our mood. Well it might be because we inhaled some ... Read More
Walking across the campus of Montana State University here, David Sands, a plant pathologist, says the blanket of snow draped over the mountains around town contains a surprise.
The cause of most of it, he said, is a living organism, a bacterium, called pseudomonas syringae.
In the last ... Read More
Some highlights of Twitter in 15 minutes - how scientists might use hashtags, why using Twitter can be good tool, etc Read More
Pandemic H1N1 virus may be or may soon become endemic in large modern swine confinement facilities. Despite this, there is a paucity of influenza surveillance that is currently being conducted among swine populations.
Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010. I was the first speaker.
The slides provide an overview of social media, its tools and the value proposition it might provide to microbio... Read More
Researchers have discovered a link between infection with enteroviruses -- which can cause viral meningitis -- and diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in children.
It's not clear how the two might be linked, but the findings suggest that the existence of the virus could be a biomarker for diabetes i... Read More
Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010.
The slides highlight ASM's own social media sites and activities as well as where ASM posts information and updates to third party sites, su... Read More
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first diagnostic test for 2009 swine flu under its traditional approval system.
The FDA previously cleared several tests on a limited basis for use during the declared public health emergency related to swine flu.
The new Simplexa I... Read More
A flexible ring containing two anti-HIV drugs showed in laboratory tests that it can deliver therapeutic levels of both drugs for up to 30 days, researchers reported at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh, adding that they consider the ring near ready for testing of i... Read More
Writing in the International Journal of Nanoparticles, Rani Pattabi and colleagues at Mangalore University, explain how blasting silver nitrate solution with an electron beam can generate nanoparticles that are more effective at killing all kinds of bacteria, including gram-negative species that... Read More
A super-germ that’s become a lethal threat to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan may have met its match in a novel technique that kills entire bacterial colonies within hours.
Today’s troops have a 9 in 10 chance of surviving their battle injuries. But wounds and amputation sites leave them vul... Read More
If you follow the science (and probably Sci-Fi) news at all, you’ve probably heard about Craig Venter’s successful creation of the first synthetic organism. Just so we’re all on the same page, the new organism is much like any other bacterium, except it has a custom-made genome with not only ge... Read More
No virus is more feared than Ebola. So scientists were alarmed when a new species of Ebola emerged in Uganda in 2007.
They worried that the Bundibugyo ebolavirus, as it's called after the township in western Uganda where it was discovered, wouldn't be thwarted by the promising experimental v... Read More
ProBugs, a yogurtlike beverage for kids, is tasty, fun and good for your child's digestive system, if claims from its maker, Lifeway Foods, near Chicago, are to be believed. Sold at high-end stores like Whole Foods, it comes in flavors like Sublime Slime Lime and contains a hefty dose of 7 billi... Read More
Researchers at Nancy University in Lorraine, France have raised concerns that disease will make it impossible to support long-term space travel such as manned missions to Mars. Space travel both weakens the immune system and promotes more virulent growth of bacteria, a potentially deadly combina... Read More
BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London have discovered that the commonly used and naturally occurring bacterial insecticide Bt works best if applied to young plants and is enhanced by the presence of the insect pests.
The research is publi... Read More
TWiV gets weird
Well, not really weird, but allow me some criticism:
I just listened to the "Darwin gets weird" episode, which was again a real treat! Thinking about Prions as non-mendelian inheritance factors seems logical, albeit the quest... Read More
On episode #83 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and special guest Dr. Kirsten Sanford talk about her career in science media, then consider whether smallpox eradication led... Read More