(Phys.org) —A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Since approximately 2006, groups that manage commercial honeybee colonies have been reporting what has become known as colony collapse [...]
Kristen A. Lee
New York Daily News
December 12, 2012
President Obama has had everything named after him from streets to schools… but now an extinct lizard?
The team of scientists from Yale and Harvard paid an unusual tribute to Obama in a paper looking at the survival rate of lizards and snakes in the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.
“Obamadon gracilis” is one of several previously unreported species identified in the paper, [...]
There comes a time in some men’s lives when the days seem darker, mortality more certain, and the only sensible response is to blow the life savings on a sportscar.
Radical and often ill-advised changes in lifestyle have become the calling cards of the midlife crisis, but if it is more than a myth, then humans may not be the only animals to experience it.
Now an international team of scientists [...]
August 8, 2012
NASA’s doctor Hansen is at it again. He says the latest round of hot weather is your fault because you create carbon emissions.
“Dr. Hansen said that at least three extreme summers over the past decade, the 2003 heatwave in Europe which killed more than 50,000 people, the 2010 hot summer in Moscow and last year’s droughts in Texas and Oklahoma, were almost certainly the result of man-made [...]
Thomas H. Maugh II
July 30, 2012
Modern culture emerged in southern Africa at least 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than anthropologists had previously believed, researchers reported Monday.
That blossoming of technology and art occurred at roughly the same time that modern humans were migrating from Africa to Europe, where they soon displaced Neanderthals. Many of the characteristics of the ancient culture identified by anthropologists are still present in [...]
BOSTON (CBSDC) - Food, sex and Facebook posting views. It’s what your brain likes best.
The reward given by a person’s brain when a Facebook posting of theirs is viewed, liked and commented on has proven to be comparable in pleasure to the response from food and sex, according to a recent Harvard University study.
The research, which was published last month in an edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found [...]
Climbing the career ladder might actually be good for your health, say scientists.
Social climbing has real, physical rewards – a study showed high ranking individuals recovered quickest from injury and disease.
The study was of baboons – but a recent study of 10,000 government workers also yielded similar results.
It was known that social status can boost immune function and health in humans and animals but the mechanism is a mystery.
So researchers [...]
The sophisticated nest building skills of Orangutans exhibit a degree of technical knowledge to match those of the most talented birds, say scientists.
The great apes construct large, oval nests in tree canopies where each evening they will curl up and sleep but little is known about their mechanical design.
A year-long study of over a dozen nests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has now shown the orangutans choose strong, rigid branches for the structural [...]
Why some species died out and others didn’t during the Earth’s second largest mass extinction has been revealed in a new study.
It coincided with a short but intense ice age and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers believe that species died out if large portions of their habitat were lost to ice sheets and falling sea levels.
Those that had always been confined to warm tropical waters were also most likely [...]
A toxic ingredient in a popular herbal remedy is linked to more than half of all cases of urinary tract cancer in Taiwan where use of traditional medicine is widespread, said a US study Monday.
Aristolochic acid (AA) is a potent human carcinogen that is found naturally in Aristolochia plants, an ingredient common in botanical Asian remedies for aiding weight loss, easing joint pain and improving stomach ailments.
The ancient herb has [...]
Tests showed the immune systems of those who were stressed were less sensitive to cortisol
As many of us know, stress can leave you feeling run down. Now scientists think they can explain why.
A study has shown how long-term stress plays havoc with the immune system, raising the odds of catching a cold.
The same process could also explain the role of traumatic events in raising the odds of illnesses from heart [...]
Ethan A. Huff
February 27, 2012
The vaccine industry is currently hard at work trying to churn out a vaccine for salmonella, a typically food borne pathogen that thrives on factory farms and in other unsanitary settings. CBS 13 News in Sacramento reports that researchers from the University of California, Davis, have been tasked with developing a vaccine that supposedly prevents salmonella, which these researchers say they are on the verge of [...]