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

Scientists design an office chair that cancels noise Certain types of low frequency sounds can be distracting at work. This office chair may make open offices and work spaces with constant white noise a little more bearable.

Open office designs have been hailed for their economic benefits and helping people work together. On the other hand, a survey by a research firm showed that workers in an open office can lose up to 86 minutes of productivity per READ MORE

How Salmonella bacteria may get into the brain Researchers uncover how Salmonella bacteria cause brain infections in mice, and what we can do about it.

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella enterica typhi which, according to the CDC, affects about 22 million people every year. Many of those affected by the disease come from developing countries where there is poor READ MORE

Eye exams can help diagnose syphilis and HIV Syphilis of the eye is almost twice as common in syphilis patients living with HIV compared to those who are not.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection, which if it not treated properly, can lead to complications and symptoms involving the eye, including inflammation, redness, and even vision loss. These complications are referred to as ocular syphilis. There have been a READ MORE

What if the entire planet had it’s own flag? A scientist proposes that as we explore space, the Blue Marble flag should be used as a symbol for the citizens of Earth.

By Eric Moyer and Gina Riggio Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program Since humanity’s first journey off the ground, advances in space exploration and aviation have been a fierce competition among nations on the international stage. Sanjoy Som writes in READ MORE

A crater on Mars may be a future landing site Rock formations on the Jezero Crater on Mars give us clues that there were probably active rivers there at some point.

Here on Earth, scientists study layers of sediment like dirt and sand to better understand how rocks form. The same contextual clues geologists use to explain how sedimentary rocks form on Earth can also be applied to extraterrestrial planets. Recent READ MORE

What Do Bats and the Ebola Virus Have in Common? Researchers find modern day bats share a gene with an ancestor of Ebola, and may actually be using it

Genes are the blueprints of organisms. Your hair color, height, voice, and many other traits, all are determined by the genes. You inherited half of these genes from your mother and half from your father when you were conceived. However, READ MORE

Did Humans Really Kill Most of the Animals and Plants? We may be the most successful land mammal, but pound for pound, plants and bacteria still have us beat.

We may be the most successful land mammal, but pound for pound, plants and bacteria still have us beat.

Viruses May Eventually Be Used to Deliver Gene Therapy Scientists hope to use viruses like the encephalitis virus to introduce healthy genes to our bodies

New approaches for preventing and treating illnesses are on the rise, including the use of gene therapy through vaccines. With this technique, healthy copies of genes can be introduced to the body to reverse the bad effects of genes working READ MORE