Science: Pets lead to healthier babies

For many families, adopting a pet provides learning opportunities for all ages. Young children learn about responsibility as they care for the animal, and about friendship and loyalty as they grow closer to their beloved pet. But now science shows that some of the benefits of pet ownership may not just be social; they may […]

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Animal Science:

Poultry Farm Sets up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu — The Poultry Site An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting […]

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Feeding residue milk: A no-go – All About Feed A recent investigation from the European Food Safety Authority showed that dairy calves that are fed milk from cows treated with antimicrobials […]

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How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two […]

Foodborne illness: Common causes, signs and symptoms

When you are experiencing the extreme unpleasantness of foodborne illness, it may be difficult to discern the subtle differences between the signs and symptoms of the various causes of the illness.

But, the various causes of foodborne illness have drastically different short- and long-term health implications, from illnesses with relatively short durations and mild symptoms, […]

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Animal Science

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia […]

Mom was wrong: Cold water OK for washing hands

Many things that come out of a typical mother’s mouth seem scientifically iffy even to a kid, such as: “Your face is going to freeze like that!”

But, typical moms do occasionally say things that seem scientifically valid even to all-grown-up kids, such as: “Use warm water to wash your hands!” Even kid brains seem […]

Cell phone science: Can the molecules you leave behind determine who you are?

Humans leave behind trace chemicals, molecules and microbes on every object we touch. By sampling the molecules on cell phones — an object we tend to spend a lot of time touching — researchers conducting a recent study were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone’s owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status […]

Do OTC antibacterial soaps do more harm than good?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you may be wasting your money when it comes to buying over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps and body washes. While many believe these products offer better germ fighting capabilities when compared to traditional soap products, research has yet to prove these claims are true and is […]

Barnyard dust could hold the answer to asthma

New research is showing microbes from farm animals, carried into the home in dust, could be a magic ingredient in the prevention of asthma in children.

Published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists explained that the results they have found are convincing enough that the possibility of developing a spray to do […]