Category: Science

What grosses out a chimpanzee? The origins of disgust 0

What grosses out a chimpanzee? The origins of disgust

Chimps show increased latencies to feed, and tendencies to maintain greater distances from possible contaminants and/or outright refusals to consume food in test conditions, hinting at the origins of disgust in humans. …read more

Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods 0

Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighborhood, a new study has found. …read more

A popular tool to trace Earth’s oxygen history can give false positives 0

A popular tool to trace Earth’s oxygen history can give false positives

If someone cries ‘Eureka!’ because it looks like oxygen appeared in Earth’s ancient atmosphere long before the body of evidence indicated, be careful. If it was a chromium isotope system reading that caused the enthusiasm, it might need to be curbed. …read more

Evaluation of novel hybrid membranes for carbon capture 0

Evaluation of novel hybrid membranes for carbon capture

Hybrid materials known as mixed matrix membranes are considered a promising approach to capture carbon dioxide and mitigate against global warming. These materials are derived from a polymer combined with porous nanoparticles. We show that materials prepared using porous organic polymers are resilient to the acidic impurities present in industrial gas streams, whereas other hybrid materials fail. This means that they can be effective in carbon capture applications where these impurities are present. …read more

Transforming greenhouse gases: New ‘supercatalyst’ to recycle carbon dioxide and methane 0

Transforming greenhouse gases: New ‘supercatalyst’ to recycle carbon dioxide and methane

Engineers have developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change — carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). …read more

Anti-malaria drug shows promise as Zika virus treatment 0

Anti-malaria drug shows promise as Zika virus treatment

A medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus, scientists have discovered. The drug, called chloroquine, has a long history of safe use during pregnancy, and is relatively inexpensive. …read more

Bryozoans: Fossil fills missing evolutionary link 0

Bryozoans: Fossil fills missing evolutionary link

Scientists recently announced the discovery of a missing evolutionary link — a fossil of the first known member of the modern bryozoans to grow up into a structure. …read more

Unlocking the secrets of Ebola 0

Unlocking the secrets of Ebola

Scientists have identified a set of biomarkers that indicate which patients infected with the Ebola virus are most at risk of dying from the disease. The results come from one of the most in-depth studies ever of blood samples from patients with Ebola. Researchers found 11 biomarkers that distinguish fatal infections from non-fatal ones and two that, when screened for early upon symptom onset, accurately predict which patients are likely to die. …read more

Cross off that ‘to do’ list, study shows all daily activity can prolong life 0

Cross off that ‘to do’ list, study shows all daily activity can prolong life

That ‘to do’ list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits. The study found women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a reduction in the risk of mortality. …read more

Hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia 0

Hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia

Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and herders. Researchers have explored the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to. …read more