Antibiotic resistance is natural and it is everywhere Researchers have found bacteria with antibiotic resistance genes in Antarctic environments untouched by humans.

Antibiotic resistance is a major public health crisis worldwide as bacteria develop the ability to defend themselves against many, sometimes all, of the antibiotics we have at our disposal. Infections caused by these bacteria are often life-threatening. In order to READ MORE

Can Artificial Intelligence find new planets for us? Artificial intelligence could identify exoplanet signals faster in the data collected by NASA’s TESS mission.

On a clear night you might easily see Jupiter, Mars or other planets from our solar system. This is how astronomers from thousands of years ago discovered the first planets. We cannot directly observe planets that are farther out in READ MORE

Parkinson’s Disease and Antioxidant Treatment A recent study highlights a promising potential therapy for the neurodegenerative disease

Parkinson’s disease currently affects over 10 million people worldwide, and in the United States approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. It is a disease in which the brain cells, or neurons, that produce dopamine progressively die READ MORE

Can Fish Help Us Understand Why We Age? Fish that age rapidly and fish that live extremely long lives are different in terms of the compounds present in their blood.

What exactly causes aging at a molecular level? The answer to this question is important for understanding and potentially improving health and life itself.  In order to begin to answer this question, researchers at the Institute of Biomedical Chemistry in READ MORE

Oxygen, nitrogen, and what happens when biology gets involved How the Great Oxidation Event and photosynthesis created the nitrogen cycle we know today

When studying Earth’s past, researchers want to understand how nutrients like nitrogen cycled and the impact biology had on them. Scientists rely on ancient rock, soil, fossils, and marine sediment to understand the world that used to be.  Approximately 2.5 READ MORE

Monarch Migration Disrupted The migration pattern of monarch butterflies is extremely fragile and we may be disrupting this critical stage in their lifecycle

Have you ever raised monarch butterflies? Finding eggs on milkweed plants and bringing them indoors to protect them from predators while at the same time watching the beauty of their transformation is a common childhood experience for people in North READ MORE

Safety in Numbers: Bacterial Resistance in Space Bacterial cells were found to be more resistant to space hazards when grouped together as aggregates and could even protect secondary bacterial species.

Space is a dangerous place. Astronauts are wrapped up in layers of protection that regulate pressure, temperature, and oxygen. This protection has been developed through decades of medical research and testing, just to keep astronauts alive. The main space hazards READ MORE

Good Feelings and Long Term Pain Opioids Change how we Experience Rewards by Affecting Brain Circuitry

How many times have you hurt yourself badly? How many friends and family members do you know who suffer from sharp pain? In many of these situations doctors will prescribe opioids to numb the pain and prevent the development of READ MORE

Heating Up the Microbial Soup: Warm Oceans May Benefit Cyanobacteria Cyanobacteria can grow better with limited nutrients if the water temperature is increased, but only to a certain extent.

The oceans are warming due to climate change and this will impact all oceanic life, from the smallest plankton to the largest tuna. The web of life in the ocean is complex, and so exactly which ecosystems will be affected READ MORE

Can life hiding near Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs tell us about the ancient Earth? Sunlight-driven life hiding under layers of silica near Yellowstone’s hot springs may hold clues for what Earth was like billions of years ago

Yellowstone National Park is famous for its hot springs, geysers, wildlife, and incredible geology. While the area is popular among visitors every year, scientists are also excited about the hot springs at this site as they create unique habitats for READ MORE