Category: Research

‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

Whatever you do, don’t call kelp a “plant.” The seaweed, which forms underwater forests off the Pacific coast from Baja California in Mexico to Alaska, is an alga that diverged from plants 1.7 billion years ago. That makes the two groups (which even have their own ways of doing photosynthesis) more distant relatives than humans […]

Mouse egg cells made entirely in the lab give rise to healthy offspring

Mouse egg cells made entirely in the lab give rise to healthy offspring

In work that raises the prospect of new infertility treatments and designer babies, researchers have used stem cells to grow fertile mouse egg cells for the first time entirely in a lab dish. The eggs gave rise to pups after being fertilized and implanted into rodent foster mothers. The method—which sometimes produced defective eggs and […]

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University of Helsinki have discovered that learning foreign languages enhances the our brain’s elasticity and its ability to code information. The more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. […]

Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time

Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time

The depressing task of monitoring ocean acidification just got a little easier. A collection of scientists from Europe, the U.S. and India have developed a technique that could provide the first global and nearly real-time assessment of our rapidly acidifying seas. Their findings were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology on Monday, showing how data […]

Your dog doesn’t trust you when you’re angry, study finds

Your dog doesn’t trust you when you’re angry, study finds

Though dogs have been hanging out with us humans for at least 16,000 years, we know surprisingly little about them, especially when it comes to their emotions. Just last month, researchers found that hugging your dog can sometimes stress the crap out of them, and now a new study suggests that your dog might actually […]

Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term

Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term

Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers who published their findings in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Adrian Raine, the Richard Perry University Professor of […]

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

The most powerful proton conductor in the natural world is a weird, jelly-like substance that lives inside a shark’s head. That’s according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances, which found that the material that makes up electricity-sensing shark organs called the ampullae of Lorenzini is almost as conductive as some of the most […]

Scientists Made Transparent Wood That’s Stronger Than Glass

Scientists Made Transparent Wood That’s Stronger Than Glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. “We were very surprised by how transparent it could go,” said Liangbing Hu, […]

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Going to the supermarket when you’re hungry can often result in some rather bizarre and reckless purchases, but a new study suggests that food shopping may not be the only task that’s inadvisable on an empty stomach. According to the researchers, who have published their work in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a particular hormone released when […]

Protein That Helps Placenta Develop May Also Contribute To Improved Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

Protein That Helps Placenta Develop May Also Contribute To Improved Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

Despite many advancements in the fertility world, millions of women still suffer miscarriages.Some of these incidents occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant, but for those who consciously experience a loss of pregnancy, the psychological toll can be high. Doctors don’t always know why a miscarriage occurs, but researchers at the University of […]