According to a study published in the journal Cell today, the leprosy mycobacterium can reprogram cells, turning adult cells into stem-like cells that are able to infiltrate the body’s muscle and nervous system. This mechanism explains one of the great mysteries of leprosy — how it spreads throughout the body–and could pave the way for early intervention […]
I just learned a new word –“spermcasting”–in this fascinating story in Science News, “Finally, the truth about barnacle sex”.
That was the first question my friend Lisa Burke and I asked a group of second and third graders in an after-school Hands On Science program last fall at my son’s school. Titled “Action Attraction,” the eight-week series was about natural energy, which the kiddos took to, well, naturally. Perhaps that’s because a lot of […]
My friend Heather decided I had to have these fascinatingly grotesque little darlings — rubberized 3D models of airborne microbes. The green goober is the common cold. Can you guess the hairy fella? Yep, E. coli. Made by ThinkGeek (gotta love the name), these bouncy bugs also emit Whoopee Cushion-worthy sound effects–only sicker–when you pull […]
Which is worse, that the NRA wants an “active” mental illness database or that 38 states already have one?
Fewer balloons in the sky, thanks to the global shortage of the second-most abundant element in the universe, means fewer dead dolphins, whales, birds, and other species of marine wildlife. Remember, balloons blow, don’t let them go!
First it was cashew hulls. Now scientists say that onions and garlic also may be effective in soaking up hazardous heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin. This according to a paper published in International Journal of Environment and Pollution. According to a press release, researchers at GGS Indraprastha University in Delhi, India, found them to be particularly effective […]