Hacking hydroponics to grow kidney-friendly vegetables Patients with kidney disease have to avoid potassium, so researchers in Italy grew microgreens in low-potassium fertilizer, potentially sparking an idea for a new food product.

Patients with kidney disease have to avoid potassium, so researchers in Italy grew microgreens in low-potassium fertilizer, potentially sparking an idea for a new food product.

New Sex Chromosomes Created After Decades Long Experiment Hybrid swordtail fish may reveal secrets about how new chromosomes and species form

Sexually reproducing animals have their sex determined through many mechanisms. Sex in reptiles such as alligators is determined by egg temperature during incubation. Some species, like the clownfish, can be hermaphroditic, shifting from one gender to another depending on the environmental READ MORE

We must go deeper: Submerging net cages for healthier fish Submerging fish farms may be better for fish, but how can it be done for fish that also need air?

Most fish farming in the ocean uses net cages that float because it is easier to feed and remove fish at the surface and because some fish species require access to air. However, the surface of the ocean experiences a READ MORE

These household products can help remove more pesticides from vegetables than tap water Researchers washed spinach leaves in household products like lemon extract to determine if there’s a better way to remove pesticides from vegetables at home.

Pesticides applied to vegetables are extremely helpful in producing high quality crop yields. With the onset of their use in farming, they have helped bring global food security and stability. Without them, pests would eat and destroy a lot of READ MORE

Believe it or not, we can (kind of) measure the air pressure of early Earth! Blue-green algae's response to different nitrogen pressures may tell us what fossils to look for and what those fossils tell us about ancient air pressure.

Blue-green algae’s response to different nitrogen pressures may tell us what fossils to look for and what those fossils tell us about ancient air pressure.

Parkinson’s disease and your appendix High levels of improperly shaped proteins in the appendix may be an indicator of Parkinson's disease in the brain.

Researchers found higher levels of mis-folded proteins in the appendix of Parkinson’s patients compared to healthy controls. The researchers suggest that this finding of alpha-synuclein in the appendix may mean that misfolded alpha-synuclein can travel from the appendix to the brain as one of the potential mechanisms that leads to Parkinson’s disease.

Electric hand dryers in restrooms aren’t as clean as you think Scientists sampled air, surfaces, and dust from restrooms in three hospitals in the UK, Italy, and France and found that bathrooms with hand dryers were more contaminated than those with paper towels.

Scientists sampled air, surfaces, and dust from restrooms in three hospitals in the UK, Italy, and France and found that bathrooms with hand dryers were more contaminated than those with paper towels.