Brain State Bread Crumbs Lead Way Back to Consciousness
2014-07-30 13:48:49 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports...
Roach Reactions to Venom Point to Targeted Pesticides
2014-07-30 13:46:37 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Small changes in the protein sequence of sodium channels of American compared with German cockroaches leave the latter susceptible to a venom that has little effect on the former. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness
2014-07-25 16:32:29 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared with less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports ...
Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel
2014-07-25 16:27:17 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports ...
Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients Off Meds
2014-07-25 16:20:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
When refilled prescriptions for post-heart-attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina Fine Maron reports....
Space-Based Data Collection Better Predicts Floods
2014-07-18 14:32:28 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Satellite data can help geologists predict major floods up to 11 months in advance in areas where snow melt or groundwater is a significant contributor. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Heavy Metal Headbanging Rare Risk Revealed
2014-07-18 14:26:24 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Headbanging can cause pain or even whiplash. But a 50-year-old Motörhead fan developed a more serious condition, bleeding in the brain that required surgical repair, after headbanging at a concert. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Urban Growth Defines This Century
2014-07-18 14:22:52 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
How existing cities expand and new cities emerge will determine how humanity fares in the 21st century. David Biello reports...
Give Us This Day The Bread Wheat Genome
2014-07-18 14:19:36 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A preliminary map of the bread wheat genome includes the locations of more than 75,000 genes. Cynthia Graber reports. ...
Supercooled Organs Could Stretch Time to Transplant
2014-07-11 16:53:57 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Liver transplant time from human donor to patient is limited to 12 hours, but rats that got livers specially stored for three days were going strong three months later. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Saturn Probe Ready for Its "Grand Finale"
2014-07-11 16:52:25 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The Cassini probe readies for its final act with new flight patterns that will get unprecedented views of Saturn and culminate in a final dive into the planet's atmosphere. Clara Moskowitz reports ...
Hacked E-Cigs May Get Around Regulations
2014-07-11 16:50:36 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Some users are modifying electronic cigarettes to produce stronger flavors, more impressive vapor clouds and to deliver even more nicotine. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Neanderthal Diners Had Side of Veggies
2014-06-30 09:49:42 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
By analyzing what came out of Neanderthals, researchers have verified that at least some of them mixed vegetation into their meaty diet. Cynthia Graber reports. ...
Software Finds Best Parts of Boring Video
2014-06-30 09:47:48 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Machine-learning researchers are developing software that automatically searches through long videos to create edited summaries, or personalized trailers. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Environmental Crime Funds Terrorism
2014-06-30 09:45:22 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Environmental destruction—-from smuggling elephant tusks to illegal dumping of toxic waste—-generates as much as $213 billion annually for criminals and terrorists. David Biello reports....
Hi-Tech Helmet Heads Off Stroke Damage
2014-06-20 17:01:08 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A helmet placed on the head of a stroke victim sends low-intensity microwaves through the brain to quickly determine whether a blockage or hemorrhage is taking place, making faster treatment possible. Wayt Gibbs reports...
Jellyfish Galaxies Get Guts Ripped Out
2014-06-20 16:59:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Recently discovered galaxies shaped like jellyfish leave a long trail of hot gas and dust, victims of even hotter gas from their surrounding cluster of galaxies...
Plant Spores Hitch Long-Distance Feather Rides
2014-06-20 16:57:18 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Tiny spores from mosses, algae and lichens can stick in bird feathers, travel from the Arctic to the bottom of South America and grow into whole new specimens. Erika Beras reports ...
Light Colors Become Fashion Rage for Northern Europe's Insects
2014-06-12 13:53:35 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
As northern Europe warms, the light-colored butterflies and dragonflies typically found in the Mediterranean are moving north, and outcompeting their darker-colored rivals. Erika Beras reports...
Kid Scientist Finds Sweet Pest Control
2014-06-12 13:46:32 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Eleven-year-old Simon Kaschock-Marenda's science fair project led to a publication about the insecticidal effects of the sweetener Truvia. Karen Hopkin reports...
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