Category: Science

Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide around Florida

Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide around Florida

The harmful algae that causes red tide is currently at near undetectable levels in Florida waters compared with the much higher concentrations at this time last year. The red tide algae, Karenia brevis, causes...

Seven nations that survived apocalypse

BOOKS AND ARTS 17 April 2019 Jared Diamond’s latest explores national resilience in the face of catastrophe. Richard Rhodes critiques it. Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes’s latest book is Energy: A Human History. Contact Search...

Cannabidiol could help deliver medications to the brain

Cannabidiol could help deliver medications to the brain

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is being touted as beneficial for many health conditions, ranging from anxiety to epilepsy. Although much more research is needed to verify these claims, scientists have now...

EU presidency: Romanian research minister questions evolution

EU presidency: Romanian research minister questions evolution

CORRESPONDENCE 16 April 2019 Mihai Miclăuș & Ad Astra Association, Bucharest, Romania. Search for this author in: Cristian Presură Ad Astra Association, Bucharest, Romania. Search for this author in: Romania currently holds the presidency...

How inflammation causes gastric cancer

How inflammation causes gastric cancer

In 1982, researchers reported a link between chronic gastritis and stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori, triggering a flurry of research into this newly-identified pathogen. These studies made it clear that in addition to its involvement...

The sorrows of psychiatry

BOOKS AND ARTS 15 April 2019 Alison Abbott probes a history on the fraught nexus of mental illness and biology. Alison Abbott Search for this author in: Illustration by Ana Kova Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s...

People urged to seek prompt medical advice if they suspect rabies exposure

People urged to seek prompt medical advice if they suspect rabies exposure

There is only a short window of opportunity to seek medical help before rabies becomes almost invariably fatal, but people wait an average of 10 days before seeking medical advice following exposure to potentially...

Electric vehicle adoption improves air quality and climate outlook

Electric vehicle adoption improves air quality and climate outlook

If you have ever wondered how much electric vehicle (EV) adoption actually matters for the environment, a new study provides evidence that making this switch would improve overall air quality and lower carbon emissions....

Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans

Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans

Primitive ponds may have provided a suitable environment for brewing up Earth’s first life forms, more so than oceans, a new MIT study finds. Researchers report that shallow bodies of water, on the order...