When severe, chronic diarrhea strikes, sometimes the only cure is … more feces. It might seem bizarre, but a transplant of healthy human stool and its bacterial ecosystem can mean freedom from a painful, life-threatening illness. The transplants — called fecal microbiota transplants, or FMTs — are becoming more and more popular. So popular that the stool bank OpenBiome has supplied more than 30,000 stool … Continue reading To regulate fecal transplants, FDA has to first answer a serious question: What is poop?
Alligators don’t just stick to freshwater and the prey they find there. These crafty reptiles can live quite easily, at least for a bit, in salty waters and find plenty to eat — including crabs, sea turtles and even sharks. “They should change the textbooks,” says James Nifong, an ecologist with the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Kansas State University in … Continue reading WILD THINGS ANIMALS Alligators eat sharks — and a whole lot more
Giant hogweed, which can cause severe burns and blindness, has spread to Virginia What ScienceAlert calls a “giant horror plant” has made its way to yet another US state, and people who come in contact with it could feel the pain. Virginia Tech’s Massey Herbarium tweeted last week it had IDed a giant hogweed (aka Heracleum mantegazzianum) plant in Clarke County, later updating that count … Continue reading Go Back to Grid|Next Story ‘Horror Plant’ Discovered in Another US State
New Study Proves that Days Were Shorter in The Past. According to a new study, Moon is constantly getting away from Earth, and its distance has a significant effect on the duration of hours that make up for a full day on the Earth. Among other different reasons, Moon’s existence and its distance from Earth make our planet an ideal place where biological life can … Continue reading Around 1.4 Billion Years Ago One Day Only Consisted Of 18 Hours
Scientists are developing a “living sensor” that eats hydrocarbons to monitor the country’s extensive network of petroleum pipelines. More than 212,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines traverse the United States, transporting about 16 billion barrels of crude oil, refined petroleum products and liquefied natural gas each year. Thousands more miles of pipeline branch across the ocean floor. Monitoring the extensive network for leaks is a monumental … Continue reading Bacteria-Based Sensor Could Detect Oil and Gas Leaks
We explore how powerful your laser needs to be to get noticed on Mars and beyond. Have you ever played with a pocket-sized laser, wondering how far its light would travel? Could you, a naughty student inside a classroom on Earth, annoy a poor substitute teacher on Mars by waggling your laser pointer at him? The short answer: no. By the time the light finally … Continue reading How Far Can Laser Light Travel?
| 10/04/2016 London: Air pollution may be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a year, as toxic air may impair driver fitness, a new UK study has found. Researchers from the London School of Economics divided the UK into a grid of 32 areas each covering about 7,700 square kilometres and mapped accidents to the level of air pollution between 2009 and 2014. They found … Continue reading Air pollution to blame for traffic accidents: study
| 08/31/2016 Scientists have used a group of elephant seals to observe changes in the circulation of the world’s oceans reveals a recent research.The international researchers led by the University of Tasmania’s Dr. Guy Williams, used sensors attached to 20 elephant seals to measure water temperature and salinity in the Antarctica, Xinhua news agency reported. The research showed how “bottom water” – a dense type … Continue reading Elephant seals to measure changing ocean currents
| 08/30/2016 There has been little improvement in air quality over the past 20 years as transport planners focus on preventing road deaths, according to a study. Two university academics set out to try to understand why there has been little improvement in air pollution concentrations from road transport since the UK signed up to international air quality standards in 1995, as part of the … Continue reading UK air quality shows little improvement over past 20 years, says study
| 08/27/2016 A new study measures the loss of ice from one of world’s largest ice sheets. They find an ice loss that has accelerated in the past few years, and their measurements confirm prior estimates. As humans emit heat-trapping gases, we expect to see changes to the Earth. One obvious change to be on the lookout for is melting ice. This includes ice atop … Continue reading Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast