Are the Building Blocks of Life From A Hydrothermal Vent? How studying hydrothermal systems gives us a window into our past

When scientists think of a very early Earth, they think of a hot, hostile place not too long after the birth of the solar system more than 4 billion years ago. This time in the Earth’s history is called the READ MORE

How the body responds to synthetic THC product “Spice” Researchers performed the first study of the behavioral, physiological, cognitive, and subjective experiences caused by synthetic cannabis products in humans, showing that it is in fact more potent than THC.

The line “times they are a changin’,” as Bob Dylan sang in 1964, describes the state of cannabis research aptly. As cannabis and related products are becoming increasingly accepted or legalized around the world, it has opened doors for researching READ MORE

Does the age of grapes impact the smell of your wine? Different stages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling grape development are associated with quite a few changes in wine aroma.

Different stages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling grape development are associated with quite a few changes in wine aroma.

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

Detecting Toxins Produced by Algae A portable tool for detecting the cyanobacteria toxin responsible for harmful algal blooms in drinking water sources may be soon on its way

Harmful algal blooms are becoming an increasing problem in areas around the world, including the Great Lakes, where drinking water is obtained from surface water sources, such as lakes and rivers. When agricultural nutrients and urban waste runoff enters these READ MORE

Risk Factors for Heavy Metal Exposure in Children Eating fish, using traditional Chinese herbs, less education, and low income predicted higher levels of mercury and lead exposure.

by Nicole Jacobs Blue Marble Space Institute of Science Young Scientist Program Before a baby is born in Taiwan, both the development of its brain and its intellectual performance are already at risk. A 2014 study of 545 pairs of READ MORE

One Man’s Waste Soot is Another Man’s Rechargeable Battery Unwanted marine vessel engine soot may be an ideal ingredient for rechargeable lithium ion battery anodes

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are important in our lives as we use them frequently in our smartphones, laptops, tablets, power tools, and electric vehicles. They are even used to help power the Mars Curiosity rover! Typically, graphite, the form of carbon READ MORE

Lasers and Fool’s Gold Give a Glimpse Into Our Ocean’s Past The amount of pyrite in the sea floor gives us an idea of how much oxygen was in the ocean millions of years ago.

The amount of trace elements in ocean pyrite correspond to ocean oxygen concentrations at different points in geologic time.