The swine flu virus that caused a 2009 pandemic has been found in elephant seals off the central California coast, according to new research. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first report of the virus H1N1 in any marine mammal. Researchers are now being advised to wear protec... Read More
Jane Lanhee Lee reports on a new spate of bird flu cases in China that has alarmed citizens grappling with earlier livestock-related health scares and reticent authorities.
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Google Tech Talk - September 30, 2011
Scientific American placed Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob and Dr. Itay Baruchi's creation of a type of organic memory chip on its list of the year's 50 most significant scientific discoveries in 2007. For the last decade, he has pioneered the field of Systems ... Read More
By making water boil at much lower temperatures, scientists are using steam generated by the sun as a way sanitize things in places where unclean conditions often lead to disease and death.
Up to 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. They use "flying toilets" to dispose of excr... Read More
A talk by Jonathan Eisen for the "Science in the River City" gathering of science teachers. Read More
In this blog entry, I explore how students can use their creativity to learn microbiology in innovative and often artistic ways. It makes learning more personal! Read More
Scientists in South Korea say they have produced gasoline from genetically modified Escherichia coli, a bacteria more commonly associated with food poisoning in humans. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, say their work could one day lead to a new and su... Read More
In many fungi, the DNA storage compartments called nuclei are not prisoners of the cells they reside in, the way they are in animals and plants. Instead, fungal nuclei are free to move about the cabin. They flow through the joined, tube-shaped cells of fungi like busy commuters, and experience m... Read More
Members of the ICAAC Program Committee present highlights by day of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Host: Michael Schmidt, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Participants: Craig E. Rubens, Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, Seattle... Read More
Ottawa researchers have developed unique virus-derived particles that can kill human blood cancer cells in the laboratory and eradicate the disease in mice with few side effects. The study is published in Blood Cancer Journal by co-senior authors Drs. David Conrad and John Bell of the Ottawa Hos... Read More
Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? New strains of bacteria are on the rise, landing normally healthy people in the hospital with life-threatening, drug-resistant infections. Ray Suarez talks to David Hoffman, the journalist who led the investigation for Frontline's "Hunting the Nightmare... Read More
This episode explains how microbiologists perfected the art of using the fewest possible letters in place of really long complicated words, long before cell phones and the internet were invented! Read More
Here's a great video published by Science News which shows a newborn bacterial cell stand up, walk away from its sister cell, and then detache from the surface. Credit: Courtesy of Gerard Wong, University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering, California NanoSystems Institute.
A Dutch bio-engineer says his lab-produced fungus could someday be used to save the lives of hungry people in the developing world.
But first, it might need some extra Rooster Sauce to make it go down easier.
"It has a very strong taste, a bitter aftertaste," says Hans van Leeuwen, a profe... Read More
Ralph is a non-dual, spiritual alchemist and social activist. He is bridging many worlds: the business with the ethical, the psychological with the spiritual, the Chinese Zen tradition with Sufism and Yoga. He teaches various forms of meditation and the practical application of eastern philosoph... Read More
A single-celled alga has evolved a crude form of multicellularity in the lab – a configuration it never adopts in nature – giving researchers a chance to replay one of life's most important evolutionary leaps in real time.
This is the second time researchers have coaxed a single-celled organi... Read More
A patient in Birmingham has undergone landmark gene therapy to treat prostate cancer.
The treatment, developed by doctors at University Hospital in Birmingham over the past 15 years, uses a virus modified from the common cold to deliver a powerful chemotherapy drug which at the same time stim... Read More
The cyanobacterium Synechocystis produces toxins that often lead to its own demise. The biologists Stefan Kopfmann and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hess from the University of Freiburg have determined the logic governing this mechanism. The cyanobacterium Synechocystis produces several toxins. However, mo... Read More
A top New York chef teams up with Harvard scientists to explore the role of bacteria in fermentation. He hopes to better understand and tweak the process to create new and unique flavors to entice the palate. Sharon Reich reports. Read More
Here's an amazing video from PBS Digital Studios' “Under H2O” series, with micro images of corals.
Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new t... Read More