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
Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India | 08/24/2016 Using satellite data and regional climate models, IIT Bombay researchers have found that deforestation (converting woody savannah to crop land) in northeast India and north-central India has led to a 100-200 mm reduction in summer monsoon rainfall in these two regions. The land use information is based on satellite data for two time … Continue reading Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India
Sustainable Development Goals and India In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and its 17 SDGs with their 169 associated targets. Addressing the press delegates the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the agreement of 193 countries to set necessary sustainable development goals (SDGs). The United National Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark said, “This agreement marks an important … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals and India