Sending bees into clouds of death

Sending bees into clouds of death

What bee would fly back and forth through a massive, 60-acre death cloud ten times over the course of 12-and-a-half hours? That question forms the basis for a new paper stating bees are not only doing that, but they are doing it for no benefit to agriculture, because the pesticide they are flying through doesn't work at all.
 

Hackfest wants to figure out how to predict mosquito-borne disease epidemics

Computer programmers want to develop early warnings and response systems for mosquito-borne epidemics, and they hope to make progress in a three-day meetup to develop a decision-making dashboard solution that helps health organizations to proactively meet the threat of future outbreaks of Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.

Can a GMO be natural? Of course

Agrobacterium, "nature's genetic engineer", has been used for over 100 years to create plants that can protect themselves naturally. Though thousands of products are on the market that have been genetically modified, it was only when Monsanto created Genetically Modified Organisms that anyone objected.

How much of food waste talk is hype?

Your grandmother told you to eat all your dinner, because people were starving in other countries. She was absolutely correct. Food took up a huge chunk of a family's budget, and some groups preached famine and war if Draconian measures were not taken to cull the population.

Today, we don't have that problem. Science has made it possible for literally any country to be able to feed itself (political beliefs and acceptance of that science are another issue). So now the concern is the environmental strain of producing food, a lot of which goes to waste anyway.

Food tastes better if you look in a mirror

A new paper claims that when study participants ate alone, the food tasted better and they ate more if they could see themselves reflected in a mirror. This was true of both elderly and young adult participants.

In elderly Japanese, a similar increase in the appeal of food was seen when the mirror was replaced with a photo.

Lab-grown cartilage as strong as natural

Lab-grown cartilage as strong as natural

Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to natural cartilage, which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study. 

How resistance genes spread

Do resistance genes actually originate from the microorganisms producing the antibiotic?

Previously unpublished Alemtuzuma trial data shows effects of Multiple Sclerosis drug

The phase III trial datasets of Alemtuzumab have been published and show the drastic response of the immune system in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Don't be intimidated: Even one exercise session can have positive brain effects

Exercise can be intimidating. Like not calling your grandmother because you don't want to be berated for not calling for so long, it can be hard to stop. But even if you only exercise once, it can have positive effects on mood, memory, attention, motor/reaction times, and even creativity. Understanding the immediate effects of a single bout of exercise is the first step to understanding how the positive effects of exercise may accrue over time to cause long-lasting changes in select brain circuits.

Human health impact and cost estimates attributed to endocrine disrupting chemicals not evidence-based

Economic papers released in 2015 and 2016 estimated the burden of diseases attributable to exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), also known as environmental estrogens, and experts suspected right away that these calculations were flawed.

Nonetheless, regulatory bodies on both sides of the Atlantic are moving forward with two relatively distinct approaches to identifying and regulating EDCs.