NewsThis November, several states will vote whether to legalize marijuana use, joining more than 20 states that already allow some form of cannabis use. This has prompted a need for effective tools for police to determine on the spot whether people are driving under the influence.
Contributed Author: Stanford UniversityTopics: Chemistry
NewsTurns out bacteria may transfer to candy that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and eat it within a "safe" five-second window.Contributed Author: Rutgers UniversityTopics: Food/Bev
NewsShimmering carapaces and rattling claws make colorful freshwater crabs attractive to pet keepers. To answer the demand, fishermen are busy collecting and trading with the crustaceans, often not knowing what exactly they have handed over to their client. Contributed Author: Pensoft PublishersTopics: Ethology
NewsIf youâ€™re a human whoâ€™s really hungry, a handful of nuts, a piece of cheese or a nice juicy steak may really hit the spot. If youâ€™re a fruit fly, a nibble of yeast will do the trick.Contributed Author: University of Michigan Health SystemTopics: Biology
NewsA researcher noticed the bats he works with cocked their heads to the side, just like his pet pug. Using high-tech recording devices, he determined that a batâ€™s fetching head waggles and ear wiggles synch with the animalâ€™s sonar vocalizations to help it hunt. Contributed Author: Johns Hopkins UniversityTopics: Ethology
NewsWelcome to Laboratory Equipment's Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. On the menu: violent protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, the rise and fall of Theranos and how to get rid of a cold quickly. Staff Author: Michelle TaylorTopics: Energy/Fuel
NewsResearchers from the University of Birmingham have shed light onto the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, pointing to an enhanced ability to maintain attention and focus.Contributed Author: University of BirminghamTopics: Biology
NewsNorth Korea is rattling the sabers again. The tiny nation claims it detonated its fifth nuclear test early this morning. The claims were immediately greeted with condemnation by South Korea and the worldâ€™s nuclear powers.
Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Chemistry
NewsThe giant luxury cruise liner was anchored just off Nome, too hulking to use the Bering Sea community's docks on its inaugural visit. The Crystal Serenity's visit to Alaska's western coast is historic. Contributed Author: Mark Thiessen, Associated PressTopics: Climate Change
NewsWith three new detectors coming online in the next several years, scientists are confident they will collect enough geoneutrino data to measure Earth's fuel level.Contributed Author: University of MarylandTopics: Energy/Fuel
NewsResearchers show catastrophic declines in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. They demonstrate alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s.Contributed Author: Wildlife Conservation SocietyTopics: Geoscience
NewsSeafood mislabeling continues to be a significant issue throughout the world, according to an extensive analysis by the ocean conservation group, Oceana. Staff Author: Lauren ScrudatoTopics: Food/Bev
NewsTwo Cornell experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have joined a nationwide team setting out to ensure that when computers are running the world, they will make decisions compatible with human values.
Contributed Author: Cornell
NewsAn asteroid that may hold the key to life is getting its first visitor in billions of years. Asteroid Bennu, a black roundish rock taller than the Empire State Building, is the intended target of a NASA spacecraft set to blast off Thursday night. Contributed Author: Marcia Dunn, Associated PressTopics: Space
NewsBlack holes are tricky â€" since they do not emit photons, we cannot see them. But a new computer modeling method enabled a team of researchers to â€œsee the unseeableâ€ for the first time: a cluster of hundreds of black holes within a star cluster.
Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Space
NewsGov. Jerry Brown is set to extend the nation's most ambitious climate change law by another 10 years on Thursday as California charts a new goal to reduce carbon pollution.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Climate Change
NewsUp until now, scientists had only recognized a single species of giraffe made up of several subspecies. But, according to the most inclusive genetic analysis of giraffe relationships to date, giraffes actually aren't one species, but four.
Contributed Author: Cell PressTopics: Ethology
NewsAs Hermine worked its way up the East Coast, scientists deployed several underwater drones they say will help them better understand what sustains and strengthens hurricanes and tropical storms.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Climate Change
NewsChemists have devised a revolutionary new scanning technique that produces extremely high-res 3D images of bonesâ€"without exposing patients to X-ray radiation.Contributed Author: Trinity College DublinTopics: Imaging
NewsA team of American parasitologists has discovered a new species of parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia. The new species is so unusual and distinctive that the research team has named a new genus to include the new species. Contributed Author: The Journal of Parasitology Topics: Ethology
Product AnnouncementThermo Fisherâ€™s Pathfinder X-ray microanalysis software works in tandem with scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes to extract essential information.Contributed Author: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.Topics: New Products
NewsLaboratory Equipment's scientist of the week is MÃ¡rta GÃ¡csi, ethologist at EÃ¶tvÃ¶s LorÃ¡nd University. She used an fMRI scanner to image the brains of dogs and found that they process words and intonation the same way humans do. Staff Author: Lauren ScrudatoTopics: Q&A
NewsAn intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Contributed Author: University of California, BerkeleyTopics: Disease Research
NewsFor many people, there's nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer.Contributed Author: American Chemical SocietyTopics: Food/Bev
Product AnnouncementPfeifferâ€™s HiPace 300 H Turbopump was made for applications in research, analytics and industry that require reliable, high or ultra-high vacuums.Contributed Author: Pfeiffer VacuumTopics: New Products
NewsNutrient pollution emptying into seas from cities, towns and agricultural land is changing the sounds made by marine life â€" and potentially upsetting navigational cues for fish and other sea creatures.Contributed Author: University of AdelaideTopics: Ethology
VideosOdor-detecting devices like Breathalyzers have been used for years to determine blood-alcohol levels in drunk drivers. Now, researchers are using a similar method to sniff out the rate of decay in historic art and artifacts. Contributed Author: American Chemical SocietyTopics: Chemistry
Product AnnouncementBaker Ruskinnâ€™s InvivO2 range of physiological cell culture workstations ensure that users can study the most complex cell interactions under precise physiological oxygen conditions.
Contributed Author: Baker RuskinnTopics: New Products
NewsWhen roboticists create behaviors for teams of robots, they first build algorithms that focus on the intended task. Then they wrap safety behaviors around those primary algorithms to keep the machines from running into each other. Contributed Author: Georgia Institute of
NewsAspirinâ€™s ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer has been a welcome, yet puzzling, attribute of the pain reliever that has been a mainstay in medicine cabinets for more than 100 years. Contributed Author: Duke HealthTopics: Pharma
Product AnnouncementThe OsmoPRO multi sample osmometer from Advanced Instruments is designed specifically to address the changing needs of todayâ€™s busy laboratories.Contributed Author: Advanced Instruments, Inc. Topics: New Products
NewsThere may be a way to switch off the urge for compulsive drinking, according to a new study in animal models led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.Contributed Author: Scripps Research InstituteTopics: Biology
NewsUNSW Australia researchers have carried out a landmark twin study looking at genetic influences on key structures of the brain in people older than 65 years of age.Contributed Author: University of New South WalesTopics: Biology
NewsThe Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s.Contributed Author: Brown
NewsCultivating young children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has become a leading educational priority, as experts predict that many future jobs will require substantial math and technology skills. Contributed Author: University of WashingtonTopics: STEM
NewsResearchers have found that Zika virus can live in eyes and have identified genetic material from the virus in tears, according to a new study.Contributed Author: Washington University in St. LouisTopics: Disease Research
NewsRoyal Dutch Shell has discovered a big pocket of natural gas in the western deserts of Egypt. The fuel source deep under the concession area of north Alam El-Shawish is estimated to contain about 500 billion cubic feet of gas or more.
Staff Author: Seth
NewsA research team has found that the epithelial tissues that line the surfaces of organs throughout the body intrinsically have hot spots for cancerous tumors.Contributed Author: Florida State UniversityTopics: Cancer Research
NewsTiny magnetic particles from air pollution have for the first time been discovered to be lodged in human brainsâ€" and researchers think they could be a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease. Contributed Author: Lancaster UniversityTopics: Wellness
NewsAnalyzing data, researchers published a study that finds players who undergo surgical procedures for tendon injuries experience a worse career trajectory than players who have surgery to fix fractures and sports hernia.Contributed Author: Northwestern UniversityTopics: Sports Science
NewsA rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed is driving the rapid growth of an industry that could easily and needlessly drop into some of the same pitfalls previously experienced in both agriculture and fish farming.Contributed Author: United Nations UniversityTopics: Food/Bev
NewsAn international team of scientists has described a rare fossil site that is believed to be among the earliest evidence of different fish species using a common nursery- much like ones utilized by some fish today.Contributed Author: Drexel UniversityTopics: Ethology
Product AnnouncementSPECTRO Analytical Instrumentsâ€™ SPECTRO MIDEX small-spot energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) analyzers are designed for faster and more accurate elemental analysis of precious metals.
Contributed Author: SPECTRO Analytical InstrumentsTopics: New Products
NewsA White House panel of experts, including federal judges, are recommending that some forensic disciplines be thrown out of courtrooms, while some others need further scientific validation.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Chemistry
NewsTyphoons that slam into land in the northwestern Pacific â€" especially the biggest tropical cyclones of the bunch â€" have gotten considerably stronger since the 1970s, a new study concludes.Contributed Author: Seth Borenstein, Associated PressTopics: Climate Change
NewsThe editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week off with a smile. So, here's a science joke you might like: Why does a burger have less energy than a steak?Staff Author: Michelle TaylorTopics: Laughs from Lab
NewsResearchers have created an interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location. Contributed Author: Imperial College LondonTopics: Energy/Fuel
Product AnnouncementHORIBA Scientificâ€™s MacroRAM Raman benchtop spectrometer brings simplicity to Raman measurements without compromising the ability to handle complex samples.Contributed Author: HORIBA ScientificTopics: New Products
NewsUsing electric fans to relieve high levels of heat and humidity may have the opposite effect for seniors, a new study says, although authors caution the small sample size. Contributed Author: UT Southwestern Medical CenterTopics: Wellness
NewsA newly discovered â€œextremophile bacteriaâ€ will eat away the remains of the Titanic by 2030, says a new study. Halomonas titanicae can produce an osmolyte called ectoine to regulate salinity â€" and to improve beneficial hydrogen bonds with surrounding water.Staff Author: Seth
NewsA teenager from North Carolina could help pick the landing site of the next Mars rover. Alex Longo, now 16, originally sent in a proposal in 2014 to help pick a landing site for the Mars 2020 rover.
Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Space
NewsResearchers analyzing the genomes of microorganisms living in shale oil and gas wells have found evidence of sustainable ecosystems taking hold there--populated in part by a never-before-seen genus of bacteria.Contributed Author: Ohio State
NewsAlmost half our genes can be the starting point for diseases. Scientists have identified 11,000 genes that occur in the human genome in variants that can cause disease.
Contributed Author: Max Planck SocietyTopics: Biology
NewsStanford engineers have developed a low-cost, plastic-based textile that, if woven into clothing, could cool your body far more efficiently than is possible with the natural or synthetic fabrics in clothes we wear today.
Contributed Author: Stanford
NewsPopulations of New World screwworm flies - devastating parasitic livestock pests in Western Hemisphere tropical regions - could be greatly suppressed with the introduction of male flies that produce only males when they mate.Contributed Author: North Carolina State
NewsScientists at UCLA have found that the brains of people with autism spectrum disorders show distinctive changes in the levels of tiny regulator molecules known as microRNAs, which control the activities of large gene networks. Contributed Author: University of California, Los AngelesTopics: Biology
NewsBubbles in a glass of champagne, thin films rupturing into tiny droplets and crashing ocean wavesâ€"scientists mathematically model these and other phenomena by solving the same series of equations.Contributed Author: Department of Energy, Office of ScienceTopics: STEM
NewsAhuna Mons is a volcano that rises 13,000 feet high and spreads 11 miles wide at its base. This would be impressive for a volcano on Earth. But Ahuna Mons stands on Ceres, a dwarf planet less than 600 miles wide that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.Contributed Author: Arizona State UniversityTopics: Space
NewsStories of horror and death have been passed down through some groups in human history, lessons learned from times of famine, warfare and genocide. But those are just spoken words â€" does the actual trauma of massive events get physically inherited by future generations?Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Biology
NewsA rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to have been discovered on the west coast of North America.
Contributed Author: University of
NewsThis disruption to the wind pattern - called the "quasi-biennial oscillation" - did not have any immediate impact on weather or climate as we experience it on Earth's surface. But it does raise interesting questions for the NASA scientists who observed it.Contributed Author: NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterTopics: Space
NewsThese robots mimic clouds of microscopic marine larvae, such as baby crabs, mussels, clams and rockfish. The data the bots bring back provide some of the first direct confirmation of a decades-old and surprisingly contentious scientific mystery.Contributed Author: UC DavisTopics: Ethology
NewsThe federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.Contributed Author: Matthew Perrone, Associated PressTopics: Chemistry
NewsIn response to four confirmed cases of Zika in the Summerville area of Dorchester County, SC, government officials turned to aerial pesticide spraying to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.Staff Author: Lauren ScrudatoTopics: Wellness
Product AnnouncementInstrumentation Laboratory has debuted its ACL TOP Family 50 Series Testing Systems with advanced automation for routine and specialty testing.Contributed Author: Instrumentation LaboratoryTopics: New Products
NewsResearchers have discovered a new mechanism in the continual arms race between plants and pathogenic bacteria, which tomatoes use to detect the causal agent of bacterial speck disease.Contributed Author: Boyce Thompson Institute Topics: Biotechnology
NewsLaboratory Equipment's scientist of the week is J. David Rogers, of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Rogers explained the weather events that caused massive flooding in Louisiana recently.Staff Author: Lauren ScrudatoTopics: Q&A
Product AnnouncementBrandTechâ€™s new line of BLAUBRAND class A, USP certified glassware includes clear and amber volumetric flasks, graduated cylinders, bulb pipettes and volumetric pipettes.Contributed Products
NewsThe legacy of World War II and the Holocaust continues to be unearthed, 70 years after the war ended. Body parts and brains of the victims of Nazi doctors were found at the Max Planck Psychiatric Institute during renovations last year.
Staff Author: Seth
NewsA massive explosion erupted Thursday at SpaceX's main launch pad, destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread internet service in Africa.
Contributed Author: Marcia Dunn, Associated PressTopics: Space
NewsCalifornia Democrats are taking further steps to advance the state's ambitious climate-change agenda, agreeing to regulate methane emissions from landfills and dairy farms for the first time and approving $900 million in spending on environmental programs.Contributed Author: Associated Press, Jonathan CooperTopics: Climate Change
NewsParents who excel at math produce children who excel at math. This is according to a recently released study that shows a distinct transfer of math skills from parent to child.Contributed Author: University of PittsburghTopics: Biology
VideosCharles Darwin was right: groups enjoy an advantage whose members are "ready to aid one another and to sacrifice themselves for the common good," according to a new study.Contributed Author: Rice UniversityTopics: Ethology
NewsScientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth's skies were orange and its oceans green.Contributed Author: Seth Borenstein, Associated PressTopics: Archaeology
NewsLess than a week after Theranos announced its plans to appeal sanctions levied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Elizabeth Holmes and her company were dealt yet another blow. Staff Author: Michelle TaylorTopics: Chemistry
NewsIn the 1960s, a team of excavators uncovered the ruins of the ancient city of Lambityeco (AD 500-850), in what is now Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, Mexico. In a recent return to the site, the discovery of a carved stone crocodile by archaeologists has provided a key to revising long-held ideas about the site.Contributed Author: Field MuseumTopics: Archaeology
NewsA fear of pain causes many people with dental phobias to avoid or delay needed treatment. In some cases, the injection of a numbing agent can be the most painful part of the visit. Contributed Author: University of PennsylvaniaTopics: Pharma
NewsTwo scientists have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.Contributed Author: University of Central FloridaTopics: Chemistry
NewsA University of Adelaide-led project has overturned the theory that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to the size of the brain -- but rather linked more closely to the supply of blood to the brain.Contributed Author: University of AdelaideTopics: Biology
NewsA group of researchers set out to reveal what is actually going on inside the mind of manâ€™s best friend. After months of training, the team successfully imaged the brains of 13 dogs using an fMRI scanner to see how their brains responded to both words and intonation from familiar humans.
Staff Author: Lauren ScrudatoTopics: Ethology
NewsHaving built their nest over the vertical ventilation pipe of an old nuclear weapon bunker in Poland, every year a large number of wood ants fall down the pipe to never return back to their colony.Contributed Author: Pensoft PublishersTopics: Ethology
NewsIn a new study, scientists found high concentrations of toxins linked to neurodegenerative diseases in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. The research team suggests that restricting consumption of sharks can have positive health benefits.Contributed Author: University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric ScienceTopics: Wellness
NewsWhen farmers spray their fields with pesticides or other treatments, only two percent of the spray sticks to the plants. A significant portion bounces right off the plants, lands on the ground and becomes part of the runoff that flows to streams and rivers.Contributed
NewsThe number of African elephants has taken another plunge, due to a boom in poaching on the continent, says a massive new census of the largest land animal on Earth.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Ethology