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Previously unpublished Alemtuzuma trial data shows effects of Multiple Sclerosis drug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.

Skyrmions spin in synchronized fashion

Skyrmions spin in synchronized fashion

Skyrmions, quasi-particles first observed in 2009, arise from the collective behavior of electrons in magnetic materials under certain conditions. Due to their spins, the electrons act as tiny magnets where their magnetic poles align with their spins. A phenomenon called the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) -- which occurs at the interface between a magnetic layer and a non-magnetic metal -- tilts the spins and arranges them into circular patterns.

These circular arrangements of spins, which behave collectively like particles, are skyrmions.