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Johns Hopkins personal protective equipment prototype for Ebola

An advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, devised by a Johns Hopkins team, is one of the first five awardees in a federal funding contest aimed at quickly devising new tools to combat the deadly disease.

The Johns Hopkins prototype is designed to do a bette... Read More

SXSW 2015: Finally, an Ebola suit that isn't miserable to wear

At South by Southwest on Friday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the first public demo of a new medical protective suit that's designed to help healthcare workers fight Ebola.

Current protective suits worn by Ebola healthcare workers take about 20 minutes t... Read More

Americans Evacuated From Sierra Leone After Possible Ebola Contact

The first of a group of 10 American aid workers who may have come into contact with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone were evacuated on Saturday, American government and aid officials said. They will be the largest group of Americans to have returned home over fears of exposure to the virus since ... Read More

U.S. may impose tougher curbs to contain bird flu in Arkansas

U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus.

The H5N2 flu discovered in Arkansas last week is the state'... Read More

TWiV 328: Lariat tricks in 3D

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Fungi on Tea

A group of fungi growing on the surface of stagnant black tea left open to the environment. I've found this leads to beautiful morphologies when I try it. Read More

TWiP 85: Channeling tryps

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel explain how trypanolytic factor forms membrane channels to lyse trypanosomes, and present a new case study.


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This is fun, and although I'm sure someone will gripe about Dicksons enthusiastic response to the crayfish, it made my life easier. I think it's Paragonimus kellicoti. As for eating raw crayfish; how drunk... Read More

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Spanish Fly Is Real, and It’s Ridiculously Dangerous

The Spanish fly exists, only it's actually a beetle. Oh, and you might die excruciatingly if you eat it.

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Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors

Many animals, including humans, acquired essential 'foreign' genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to new research. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting t... Read More

You are when you eat: Limiting flies to specific eating hours protects their hearts against aging, study finds

Limiting flies to specific eating hours protected their hearts against aging, a study has demonstrated. Previous research has found that people who tend to eat later in the day and into the night have a higher chance of developing heart disease than people who cut off their food consumption earl... Read More

Microbial soil cleanup at Fukushima

Proteins from salt-loving, halophilic, microbes could be the key to cleaning up leaked radioactive strontium and caesium ions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Japan. The publication of the X-ray structure of a beta-lactamase enzyme from one such microbe, the halophile ... Read More

Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color—on demand—by simply applying a minute amount of force.

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All About that Base (Meghan Trainor Parody)

The Zechiedrich Lab throws down the 411 on DNA base pairs. Read More

Honey, I shrunk the ants: How environment controls size

Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin color, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a result of both genetic and environmental factors. But... Read More

What Can Be Done about Pseudoskepticism?

What do tobacco, food additives, chemical flame retardants and carbon emissions all have in common? The industries associated with them and their ill effects have been remarkably consistent and disturbingly effective at planting doubt in the mind of the public in the teeth of scientific evidence... Read More

BacterioFiles 205 - Colon Community Counterattacks Cholera

This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera!


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My experience with Foldscope, the paper microscope.

My experience with Foldscope, the paper microscope. See the images of insects, parasites, vegetal and animal tissues and cells, yeast, bacteria and (almost) virus (the cytopathic effect), with Foldscope, the paper microscope (text in Spanish). Read More

Experimental drug turns 'bad' white fat into 'good' brown-like fat

An experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice, a new study has found. Known as GC-1, the drug reportedly speeds up metabolism, or burning off, of fat cells.

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How Quickly Would Measles Spread if Too Few People Were Vaccinated?

What would actually happen if only 80 percent of school-age children were vaccinated against the measles? It’s a scary thought that a new simulation from the University of Pittsburgh aims to visualize.

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