Fungus Killing European Salamanders Could Spread to US

Fungus Killing European Salamanders

European salamanders are affected by a terrible fungus infection that may spread to the United States, an international team of researchers reported on Thursday. The salamander group contains hundreds of species that are mostly spread in the Northern Hemisphere. Around one third of the species are located in North America with a high concentration in the Appalachian Mountains. Last year, the … [Read more...]

Century Old Time Capsule Discovered in Washington Monument Wall

Washington Monument Time Capsule

A mysterious box has been discovered during restoration works at Washington Monument in Baltimore. The box was placed behind a commemorative plaque from 1915 and has not been opened yet. Baltimore’s Washington Monument was erected in 1815 and is one of the country’s oldest monuments dedicated to the first president. The commemorative plaque was installed when the monument turned one hun … [Read more...]

New Leopard Frog Species Discovered in New York City

Leopard Frog Species

An article published in PLOS Biology three years ago stated that there are approximately 8.7 million species on Earth. Taking into account the species catalogued by now, the number would mean that around 86 to 91 percent of all the terrestrial and marine species are unknown. Little wonder then that a new leopard frog species has been discovered in New York City. Thirty years have passed since … [Read more...]

Advocacy Group Claims Shrimp Mislabeling is Very Common

Shrimp Mislabeling is Very Common

Advocacy group, Oceana, released a report today in which it claims that shrimp mislabeling is very common and that 47% of the shrimp served in restaurants in the Washington area were misrepresented to the people who chose to consume it. Oceana obtained 15 shrimp samples from restaurants in the Washington area and it was revealed following a plethora of tests, including DNA tests, that seven of … [Read more...]

Tim Cook- Successful and Proud to be Gay

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Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook has just confirmed in an opinion piece on Thursday that he is gay, while publicly advocating for human rights and equality. Cook published an essay in Businessweek, saying that Dr. Martin Luther King represents a source of inspiration, citing the famous quote: “Life’s most persistent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” "While I have never denied my sexuality, I h … [Read more...]

Researchers Create Miniature Stomachs from Stem Cells

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Stem cells are hailed as the founding elements of tomorrow’s medical research and practice. Scientists produced another definite proof that stem cells, a type of prespecialized cells that can adapt to various roles, are the key to devising new ways of tackling old health problems. Researchers created miniature stomachs out of stem cells. The gastric organoids are basically stomachs in their e … [Read more...]

Utah Family of 5 was Killed by Poison, Police Suspects

Utah Family of 5 was Killed

On September 28, 2014, a Utah family of 5 was killed; they were found dead in their Springville, Utah home and up until now, nobody knew what killed the family. Yesterday, it was revealed by the police that it is very likely that the Utah family of 5 was killed by poison. The media obtained courts documents yesterday that revealed the Strack family were covered in bedding and had cups of red … [Read more...]

Lenovo Acquired Motorola for $2.91 Billion

Lenovo Acquired Motorola

Lenovo has just completed the acquisition of Motorola, it was announced by the PC maker today. Lenovo acquired Motorola for $2.91 billion and thus continues its expansion into the smartphone market. Lenovo announced its plans to buy Motorola from Google back in January, and now Lenovo acquired Motorola for a cool $2.91 billion. Lenovo is famous for their ThinkPad line of personal computer and … [Read more...]

Are Low-Carb, Ketogenic Diets a Possible Epilepsy Treatment?

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Epilepsy is quite difficult to treat and especially difficult to manage as a patient, so doctors are constantly attempting to find possibilities of better handling its symptoms. A recent review of five studies has analyzed the effects that a low-carb, high-fat (or a ketogenic) diet may have on controlling difficultly treated epilepsy. The modified Atkins diet focuses on foods such as bacon, … [Read more...]

Six New MERS Cases Identified in Saudi Arabia

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Late on Wednesday, health officials in Saudi Arabia announced that they had detected six new cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). These six cases were identified in under 24 hours, which represents the biggest daily jump for several months now. Officials are blaming lax hospital procedures for this surge in cases, which now total 32 since the beginning of October. Most cases … [Read more...]