Monthly Archives: September 2011

Frogs leap away from deadly disease

The chance discovery of a previously thought to be extinct species of frog has led James Cook University researchers to believe amphibians may have found a way to survive a devastating and fatal infection. The Armoured Mist frog had not been seen for 17 years when a population was discovered in 2008 in a remote […] … learn more→

Mother’s milk best for growing babies; and that includes baby pigeons

Deakin University scientists have revealed some of the secrets behind the pigeon’s rare ability to produce ‘milk’ to feed its young. Deakin PhD student Meagan Gillespie and research fellow Dr Tamsyn Crowley, along with colleagues from the University’s Institute for Technology Research and Innovation and CSIRO Livestock Industries, have studied the genes behind pigeon ‘milk’ […] … learn more→

Food crises and political instability in North Africa and the Middle East

The spring 2011 protests and revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East (commonly referred to as “Arab Spring”) were fueled by many factors, including frustrations with existing political regimes, a growing youth population, online social networks, and a shortage of employment opportunities. An additional factor that deserves attention in this circumstance, and more broadly, […] … learn more→

Mobile phones offer heart lifeline

Technology that turns low-cost mobile phones into sophisticated stethoscopes could save thousands of lives in poor countries. The kit, developed by Oxford University and South African researchers, enables people to record and analyse their own heart sounds using a mobile phone microphone. Patients then send the recordings to medics who can remotely monitor their condition. […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Well wouldn’t you know it? Yet another of America’s legendary Founding Fathers has had their written work banned by the same citizenry that purports to idolize them. Benjamin Franklin’s life story was first published in France under the title “Mémoires de la vie privée de Benjamin Franklin”(The Private Life of the late Benjamin Franklin) in […] … learn more→

Some smokers successfully switch to electronic cigarettes

While electronic cigarettes may be a long-term alternative to the real thing for some smokers, Penn State College of Medicine researchers suggest medical providers should continue to encourage more traditional smoking cessation methods. The researchers investigated this growing phenomenon through a survey of 104 long-term e-cigarette users. E-cigs typically consist of a cigarette-shaped device with […] … learn more→

Are Americans in climate change denial?

It is nothing short of tragic that so many Americans continue to dismiss the scientific veracity of climate change. Deniers are not moved by the coherency of the research that weaves together the different points of measurement. The plethora of data includes higher global mean surface temperatures, melting glaciers, retreating sea ice, increasing water temperature, […] … learn more→