Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants force fish to work much harder to survive

Public Release: 16-Jan-2018   Contaminants remain after typical water treatment process McMaster University IMAGE: This is the site where researchers tested the metabolism of fish downstream of the Dundas Wastewater Treatment Plant in suburban Hamilton, ON. Credit: McMaster University HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 16, 2018 – Pharmaceuticals and other man-made contaminants are forcing fish that live…

Hypatia stone contains unique minerals not from Earth nor part of any known types of meteorite or comet

Public Release: 9-Jan-2018 Extraterrestrial Hypatia stone rattles solar system status quo University of Johannesburg In 2013, researchers announced that a pebble found in south-west Egypt, was definitely not from Earth. By 2015, other research teams had announced that the ‘Hypatia’ stone was not part of any known types of meteorite or comet, based on noble…

Genetic changes help mosquitoes survive pesticide attacks

Public Release: 2-Jan-2018   UCR study shows how intensive pesticide use is driving mosquito evolution at the genetic level University of California – Riverside IMAGE: A rice field in northern Cameroon. In addition to long-lasting insecticidal nets, urbanization, chemical pollutants, and agriculture play a key role in selecting insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. Credit: Caroline Fouet, UC Riverside.…

Viruses can transfer genes across the superkingdoms of life

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017   New research shows that viruses can transfer genes to organisms they are not known to infect, and may cast light on the ancient origins of viruses Frontiers New research shows that viruses can transfer genes to organisms that they aren’t known to infect – including organisms in different superkingdoms, or domains.…

Kaiser Permanente study links health risks to electromagnetic field exposure

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017   Kaiser Permanente A study of real-world exposure to non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields in pregnant women found a significantly higher rate of miscarriage, providing new evidence regarding their potential health risks. The Kaiser Permanente study was published today in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields…

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Public Release: 17-Nov-2017   Taylor & Francis Group   A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear Technology, an official journal of the American Nuclear Society. The new theory suggests the…

Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions

Public Release: 14-Nov-2017 Artificially cooling planet ‘risky strategy,’ new research shows University of Exeter Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering – the intentional manipulation of the climate to…

How toxic air clouds mental health

Public Release: 2-Nov-2017   University of Washington   IMAGE: This graph shows that as the amount of fine particulate matter in the air increases, so do levels of psychological distress Credit: Victoria Sass, University of Washington There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty…

Intake of pesticide residue from fruits, vegetables and infertility treatment outcomes

Public Release: 30-Oct-2017 The JAMA Network Journals Bottom Line: Eating more fruits and vegetables with high-pesticide residue was associated with a lower probability of pregnancy and live birth following infertility treatment for women using assisted reproductive technologies. The Research Question: Is preconception intake of fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues associated with outcomes of assisted…

Some infant rice cereals contain elevated levels of methylmercury

Public Release: 25-Oct-2017   American Chemical Society Eating large amounts of certain fish can expose consumers to methylmercury, which can potentially cause health problems. But recent research has shown that rice grown in polluted conditions can also have raised levels. Now, a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that some…