In the Search for a Better World, There Are No Morality Pills Yet
August 1, 2017
Start messing with how people think, or retuning their moral compass and people naturally get uneasy.
Exercise Burns Bone Marrow Fat, Supports Strong Bones
July 31, 2017
Think back to every diet, home exercise or gym membership commercial you have ever seen. They all tend to focus on one thing: burning fat. And as they do, they show pictures of legs, waists, midsections and all the other places people know and see that we build fat when we take in more calories than we burn.
Duke Biochemists Create Animation of Cells' Drug Transporters
July 31, 2017
Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine have created a detailed illustration of how an important class of drugs pass into cells.
Trash-Eating Birds Cause Algae Blooms with Their Poop
July 19, 2017
It is easy to recognize how closely tied the environment, the economy and wildlife are to our habits and to each other because we hear stories to that effect every day.
The amazing fact of that interconnectedness can sometimes lose its punch as we are repeatedly bombarded. It loses its punch that is, until a story like this pops up.
Algal Blooms Return to the Chowan River
July 10, 2017
For the third year in a row, dense populations of blue-green algae have turned parts of the Chowan River into the color of pea soup.
These algal blooms stink. They also take up large amounts of oxygen when they decay, suffocating aquatic life and leading to fish kills.
It's a joke at times: People tend to become forgetful as they get older.
But there is nothing funny about Alzheimer’s disease, an age-related brain condition that gradually destroys a person’s memory and thinking skills. It eventually prevents a person from being able to do simple tasks. Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly, and the patient’s mental decline usually occurs in three classified stages: an early, preclinical stage with no symptoms, a middle stage with mild cognitive impairment and a final stage of Alzhimer’s dementia.