The scaled king and his knight: 2 new giant bent-toed gecko species from New Guinea

The scaled king and his knight: 2 new giant bent-toed gecko species from New Guinea

The extremely complex geological history of New Guinea has allowed many of its animals and plants the chance to grow different enough to make a name for themselves. In the case of two newly described and unusually large gecko species - only a noble name would do. The two new species whose names respectively mean 'knight' and 'king' were discovered by a team led by Dr.

New alcohol guidelines unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking

The UK's new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, suggests an expert in The BMJ today.

Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge - and a member of the committee that produced the guidelines - says while there is little direct evidence about any impact of health related guidelines on behaviour, including for alcohol, novel risk information can change behaviour.

Lower oxygen saturation levels increase risk of death in extremely preterm infants -- NEJM

The risk of death by age two among infants born before 28 weeks' gestation is up to 45 per cent higher when they receive targeted oxygen saturation in the range of 85-89 per cent compared to 91-95 per cent, according to a paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Conducted in Australia and the UK by the BOOST-II Collaborative Groups, the trial involved 2,108 cases and confirms similar findings from a randomised controlled trial in North America.

New study reveals incidence of dementia may be declining

(Boston)--Despite the concern of an explosion of dementia cases in an aging population over the next few decades, a new study, based on data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), suggests that the rate of new cases of dementia actually may be decreasing.

Sneezing produces complex fluid cascade, not a simple spray

Here's some incentive to cover your mouth the next time you sneeze: New high-speed videos captured by MIT researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses as a spray of droplets, similar to paint that is flung through the air.

Publish, don't perish!

Gone are the days of spending a day to submit an article to be published. A new journal is challenging established methods in biomedical research publications. Pathogens and Immunity streamlines the current research publication process -- a well-recognized source of frustration for biomedical researchers -- from one day to five minutes.

Report describes first known case of Zika in US resident returning from Costa Rica

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A report published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the first known case of Zika virus in a U.S. resident following travel to Costa Rica. The author discusses the traveler's symptoms, what his test results showed, and the health status of the family members who traveled with him.

Why not recycled concrete?

From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can't we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It's a question that a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is examining.

Estrogen, antibiotics persisted in dairy farm waste after advanced treatment, study finds

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When University at Buffalo chemists began studying waste disposal at a dairy farm in New York State, they thought that the farm's advanced system for processing manure would help remove estrogens and antibiotics from the excrement.

Instead, the scientists found that the chemicals largely persisted in the treated materials, which are typically reused as fertilizer and animal bedding on the farm.

Iowa State statistician organizes symposium to discuss stronger science behind forensics

AMES, Iowa - The forensic evidence presented in courtrooms needs to be backed by more statistical and scientific study, said the organizer of a symposium on the forensic sciences.

"A lot of science hasn't been brought to bear in forensics," said Alicia Carriquiry, an Iowa State University statistician, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the new Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) based at Iowa State.