Baby spiders really are watching you

Baby jumping spiders can hunt prey just like their parents do because they have vision nearly as good. A study published in the journal Vision Research helps explain how animals the size of a bread crumb fit all the complex architecture of adult eyes into a much tinier package. Source: Baby spiders really are watching…

The Powerful Blood Sugar Lowering Effect of Withania Coagulans

The Powerful Blood Sugar Lowering Effect of Withania Coagulans Finally, diabetic mice that were fed the nanoparticles for 5 days showed about 40% lower blood glucose levels compared to their starting amounts. Surprisingly, even 5 days after the treatment ended, the mice showed a 60% reduction in blood glucose compared to their starting levels. Kaarunya…

A tree stump that should be dead is still alive; here’s why

Within a shrouded New Zealand forest, a tree stump keeps itself alive by holding onto the roots of its neighboring trees, exchanging water and resources through the grafted root system. New research, publishing July 25 in iScience, details how surrounding trees keep tree stumps alive, possibly in exchange for access to larger root systems. The…

Aussie businesses not ready to tackle modern slavery

New research from the University of South Australia finds that Australian businesses are ill-prepared for mandatory modern slavery reporting, with more than two-thirds of ASX 100 companies unable to produce a disclosure statement about potentially exploitative labour practices. Source: Aussie businesses not ready to tackle modern slavery  

Mysterious release of radioactive material uncovered

In September 2017, a slightly radioactive cloud moved across Europe. The reason was not a reactor accident, but an accident in a nuclear reprocessing plant. The exact origin of the radioactivity is difficult to determine, but the data suggests a release site in the southern Urals. This is where the Russian nuclear facility Majak is…

Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different

Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different “Escherichia-Shigella — a group of bacteria that includes known pathogens — was found in most of the conventional apple samples, but none from organic apples. For beneficial Lactobacilli — of probiotic fame — the reverse was true.” And there…

Waist size is a forgotten factor in defining obesity

A new study from the University of Iowa published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that some people considered to be a normal weight could unknowingly be at high risk for obesity-related health issues. Source: Waist size is a forgotten factor in defining obesity  

Low doses of radiation promote cancer-capable cells

Low doses of radiation equivalent to three CT scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-capable cells a competitive advantage over normal cells. Researchers studied the effects of low doses of radiation in mice and found it increases the number of cells with mutations in p53, a well-known genetic change associated with cancer. However, giving the…

Cognitive decline reversed 30 years in 6 weeks

Cognitive decline reversed 30 years in 6 weeks Cognitive decline reversed 30 years in 6 weeks After just 1 Β½ months, participants increased their cognitive abilities to levels similar to those of middle-aged adults, 30 years younger. Control group members, who did not take classes, showed no change in their performance. “The participants in the…

For non-Hispanic whites in the US, life expectancy outlook worsens

For nearly a century, life expectancy in the United States has been increasing. By contrast, research from Irma Elo and Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania shows that mortality numbers for non-Hispanic whites in the US are now rising, especially for women, 25- to 44-year-olds, and people living in rural areas. Source: For non-Hispanic…