As part of The Science Explorer‘s “Job Spotlight” series, I interviewed Dr. Michael Schwarzschild, who provided some fabulous advice for budding scientists and stressed the importance of having fun along your career path! Read the full interview over at The Science Explorer! Photo credit: Image courtesy of Dr. Michael Schwarzschild / Mass General
Assessing human health from a single drop of blood
Protein levels from vials of whole blood are generally clinically determined using single-protein immunoassays. However, according to research by Geyer et al., a single drop of blood and a mass spectrometer may be all that’s needed to assess human health and disease. Read my review on Geyer et al.’s paper over at Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Accelerating Science Blog….
The hole in the ozone layer is closing at last
Thanks to combined global environmental efforts to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) since the 1980’s, the massive hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is finally showing evidence of healing. The results, published in Science, show that the ozone layer hole has shrunk each year by more than 1.7 million square miles since its peak in 2000….
Does ‘pseudoscience’ affect decision making in the EU?
Last month, a group of scientists from across Europe met to express their concern over the impact of ‘pseudoscience’ and ‘dogma’ on regulation decisions. The scientists believe that some people are being ‘deliberately selective’ in presentations of risks. They highlighted the fact that strongly expressed opinions arising from well-funded pressure groups could result in poor regulatory choices…
Combining the power of mass spec and protein crystallography
See my review of the paper: Bogdanoff, W.A., et al. (2016) “De novo sequencing and resurrection of a human astrovirus-neutralizing antibody,” ACS Infectious Diseases, 2(5) (pp. 313–321) over here at Thermo Fisher’s Accelerating Science blog. Featured image: via Wikimedia Commons Attribution: CSIRO [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Improving conservation ethic in Botswana with candid photography
Using 221 camera traps in areas of differing human impact in Botswana, ecologist Lindsey Rich captured candid images of 44 different species of mammal over 5 months. Working with a local rural school, Rich enabled children to see and learn more about the wildlife local to their region. Her research will help inform local wildlife authorities…
This massive food crisis is due to climate change, armed conflict and political unrest
The Horn of Africa is once again bearing the brunt of the world’s ills, as a new European Commission report demonstrated this week. More than 240 million people are now classed as being in ‘food stress’ and the situation is predicted to only get worse. Read my article on the report here at The Canary.
This plane is proving solar power can take us to new heights!
Solar Impulse 2 just “did a Charles Kingsford Smith” by flying across the Pacific Ocean and landing in the history books. Read about this feat of engineering here at The Canary. Featured image via Twitter / SOLAR IMPULSE
Insects have feelings, too…
Throwing everything we thought we knew about insects into question, new research suggests that they are conscious, egocentric beings. Read about this new hypothesis here at The Canary.
Magic mushrooms could help you get over your break-up
Psilocybin – better known as magic mushrooms – might be used in treatments for depression one day. See my article covering this scientific breakthrough over at The Canary.
Binge-watching is damaging our environment
Our “Just one more episode…” habits could be doing more harm to the environment than we realize. See my article covering this news here at The Canary.
Genetic superheroes walk among us…
But we don’t know who they are… See my story about these rare genetic heroes over at The Canary.