Category: Science

Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease

Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease

In a study of New York state apple orchards, plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples. …read more

Norman Conquest of 1066 did little to change people’s eating habits

Norman Conquest of 1066 did little to change people’s eating habits

Archaeologists have combined the latest scientific methods to offer new insights into life during the Norman Conquest of England. Until now, the story of the Conquest has primarily been told from evidence of the elite classes of the time. But little has been known about how it affected everyday people’s lives. …read more

‘Biologically relevant’ levels of a fertility hormone are detected in human hair samples

‘Biologically relevant’ levels of a fertility hormone are detected in human hair samples

The prospect of a non-invasive test of ovarian reserve is a little closer following results from a study showing that measurement of a fertility hormone can be accurately taken from a sample of human hair. …read more

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along the teeth of the ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus), which have the same biological origin and possibly similar function to the venom glands of snakes. As such, caecilians may represent the oldest land-dwelling vertebrate animal with oral venom glands. …read more

Scientific ‘red flag’ reveals new clues about our galaxy

Scientific ‘red flag’ reveals new clues about our galaxy

By determining how much energy permeates the center of the Milky Way, researchers have moved closer to understanding the power behind our galaxy. …read more

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children’s sleep for as much as a decade. …read more

Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass

Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass

Intrigued by how reflection changes images in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, a team of researchers used artificial intelligence to investigate what sets originals apart from their reflections. Their algorithms learned to pick up on unexpected clues such as hair parts, gaze direction and, surprisingly, beards – findings with implications for training machine learning models and detecting faked images. …read more

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Researchers are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions. …read more

New technique in which drugs make bacteria glow could help fight antibiotic resistance

New technique in which drugs make bacteria glow could help fight antibiotic resistance

A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within minutes. …read more

Does deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s increase risk of dementia?

Does deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s increase risk of dementia?

There’s good news for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study shows that deep brain stimulation may not increase the risk of developing dementia. …read more