Category: Science

Cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs

Cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs

Best known for its presence in house cats and a tendency to infect and alter the behaviors of rodents and humans, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is also associated with bold behavior among wild hyena cubs and risk of death during interactions with lions, finds new research. …read more

East Antarctic summer cooling trends caused by tropical rainfall clusters

East Antarctic summer cooling trends caused by tropical rainfall clusters

A study uncovers a new mechanism linking climate trend in Antarctica to rainfall occurrences in the tropics. …read more

Switching from Western diet to a balanced diet may reduce skin, joint inflammation

Switching from Western diet to a balanced diet may reduce skin, joint inflammation

Diet rich in sugar and fat leads to disruption in the gut’s microbial culture and contributes to inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis. Research shows that switching to a more balanced diet restores the gut’s health and suppresses inflammation. …read more

Antelope’s fate shrouded by social, political forces

Antelope’s fate shrouded by social, political forces

The story of efforts to conserve the endangered oribi in South Africa represent a diaspora of issues as varied as the people who live there. …read more

Some seafloor microbes can take the heat: And here’s what they eat

Some seafloor microbes can take the heat: And here’s what they eat

In two new studies on life in the seafloor of the Guaymas Basin, in the Gulf of California, scientists show that distinct regions within the Basin harbor specially adapted microorganisms; discover new microbial inhabitants of this deep-sea community; and suggest how the community may be dramatically influencing carbon cycling in the hot seafloor sediments. …read more

In many cases, MS starts long before the diagnosis

In many cases, MS starts long before the diagnosis

Years before they are diagnosed, persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) make significantly more visits to doctors and hospitals than others. Specialists have recently discussed whether this might represent a preliminary phase of MS – known as a prodrome. A new study suggests that, in many cases, the complaints may relate to unrecognized early clinical MS events. …read more

Researchers trace dust grain’s journey through newborn solar system

Researchers trace dust grain’s journey through newborn solar system

Combining atomic-scale sample analysis and models simulating likely conditions in the nascent solar system, the study revealed clues about the origin of crystals that formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. The findings provide insights into the fundamental processes underlying the formation of planetary systems, many of which are still shrouded in mystery. …read more