Where Have All the Passenger Pigeons Gone? Researchers may have uncovered how the once numerous bird went extinct in only 100 years

Up to about 200 years ago, the passenger pigeon was one of the most numerous vertebrate animals on Earth. The species had an estimated 3 to 5 billion individuals at the peak of its existence and had such big flock READ MORE

Using Computers to Identify Deadly Bacteria Japanese researchers develop a machine learning tool to identify deadly bacteria species based on their unique growth characteristics.

Various industries rely on accurate detection and identification of bacterial species. For example, food-processing plants often have to test their products for bacterial contamination to ensure it is safe for human consumption. In hospitals, a quick and accurate method to READ MORE

Beyond the grapes: what influences the flavor of different wines? Rocks, microbes and climate all impact the taste of your favorite wine

You sit down at a restaurant and peruse the menu for the best wine to pair with your dinner. Do you choose a red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, or something crisper and lighter like Riesling? Do you choose the cheapest READ MORE

A new technique may improve the delivery of medicine to the brain The blood-brain barrier protects our brains, but also makes it harder to deliver medications for brain diseases. Canadian researchers use ultrasound to get around this problem.

The blood-brain barrier protects our brains from infection and toxins, but also makes it harder to deliver medications for brain diseases. Canadian researchers use ultrasound to get around this problem.

HIV-positive and trying to get pregnant? Read this first. Did you know that not all infants born of HIV-positive mothers develop HIV? They are still at greater risk for other health issues, but this study found that medicating mothers reduces this risk.

Did you know that not all infants born of HIV-positive mothers develop HIV? They are still at greater risk for other health issues, but this study found that medicating mothers reduces this risk.

You may be getting catfished by catfish Some types of catfish and its products are more likely to be mislabeled than others, though for the most part, producers are honest.

A recent study of catfish products found that 7 of the 80 products tested were mislabeled, of which 5 were from restaurants and 2 were from grocery stores. Deep-fried products were the most likely to be mislabeled, possibly because it’s hard to tell what kind of fish is used. The most expensive dishes, such as the baked fish at restaurants, were correctly labeled.

Can some fungi clean up plastic pollution? Some fungi growing on plastic debris in Lake Zurich are capable of breaking down certain types of plastic

Since September is National Mushroom Month, it’s fitting to think about the incredible things fungi can do. You may be familiar with mushrooms in grocery stores or some of those visible in the forest. When it comes to fungal diversity, READ MORE

Is exercise addiction socially acceptable at gyms? Study finds little difference in social support between people at risk for exercise addiction and those not at risk.

Certain behaviors are often socially accepted and even encouraged when they’re considered productive, regardless of potential health risks. This can include behaviors like exercising, dieting, and working. Frequent exercise is generally seen as a sign of a healthy lifestyle, but READ MORE