Autism Risk Determined By Health Of Mom’s Gut

The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us – during pregnancy, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The work raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mom modifying her diet […]

SYPHILIS: SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. After chlamydia and gonorrhea, it is the third most common sexually transmitted disease reported to the U.S. government, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The infection can affect both men and women, and it typically starts as a painless […]

Mother’s microbiome determines offspring’s risk of developing autism

The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us – during pregnancy, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The work raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mom modifying […]

Long Distance Call: Virginia to Space

Three seconds — that’s how long it took communication to travel from Virginia, through the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, bouncing between several satellites, all the way up to the International Space Station, orbiting 250 miles above Earth. But that delay was worth the wait to the more than 800 […]

FIRST 3D COLOUR X-RAY OF A HUMAN USING CERN TECHNOLOGY

What if, instead of a black and white X-ray picture, a doctor of a cancer patient had access to colour images identifying the tissues being scanned? This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses. This is now a reality, thanks to a […]

Elon Musk’s Team Built a Tiny Submarine to Help The Cave Rescue in Thailand

Elon Musk is testing equipment designed to help rescue the remaining members of a Thai youth soccer team who are trapped in a cave, the Tesla CEO tweeted on Sunday. Hours after four boys were confirmed to have been rescued from the cave, Musk tweeted a video of a small submarine-like vessel being tested in a swimming […]

Smart Bandages Designed To Monitor And Tailor Treatment For Chronic Wounds

A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research, published today in the journal Small, is aimed […]

THIS DEVICE MAKES YOU INVISIBLE TO THERMAL IMAGING

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak seemed to do a good job of hiding him for many adventures after curfew, but what if the professors patrolling Hogwarts had thermal imaging technology? Would Harry’s cloak have obscured his body heat as well? If not, he might want to upgrade his magical cloak with some nanoscience. In a paper […]

Scientists Just Found a Fundamental Part of What Makes Your Brain Cells So ‘Plastic’

It’s no secret that our brains are exceptionally flexible and can adapt to new situations. Whether it’s a brain reusing parts of itself for surprising purposes, or helping someone live normally with only 10 percent of the brain undamaged, we’ve got a lot to thank brain plasticity for. But neuroscientists haven’t been sure of how precisely all this plasticity […]

Inherent feminizing effect of germ cells: New insights into sex determination

Summary: A new study shows for the first time germ cells have an inherent property to feminize the body in teleost fish, medaka. Identification of cells that determine the female gender in teleost fish (medaka). The pink circles represent germ cells (the common origin of sperm and eggs). Germ cells, irrespective of the sexual fate (to […]