Graphics show how quickly germs can spread in a hospital

New research, backed by some pretty cool graphics, is showing just how quickly germs can spread within a healthcare setting—such as nursing homes and hospitals—and challenges the myth that infectious droplets released by patients’ coughing, sneezing, or breathing can be fully dealt with by the building’s ventilation system.

Marco-Felipe King, PhD, a research fellow at […]

How hormones impact the stock trading floor

The stock floor is stressful enough: money flying in and out of hands, companies’ prices rising and falling and the nation watching and waiting to see what the stock market may have to say about the economy. Add in hormones, and the stock trading floor can become a whole different situation.

Researchers from Cambridge University […]

Seeing the light: Tricking plants into growing

For plants to grow, they need three things: a place to grow and water and sun to nourish them. Without one of these three, the plant could suffer and, eventually, die.

But what if we could change all that? That’s the questions that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tried to answer—and the answer could […]

Dogs can be green with envy too

When we first got our beloved Chewbacca, we had another, older dog, Molly. Molly had been the center of attention for years and years, and as soon as Chewbacca came into her life, everything changed. After all, who doesn’t immediately gravitate to a cute little eight-week-old puppy?

Over time, jealousy rotated amongst our animals, and […]

International collaboration brings new research opportunities

The University of Louisville’s Department of Pediatrics and three Chinese universities are beginning a new research project.The partnership will generate approximately $1 million of research support, as well as creating new academic opportunities.

“These agreements substantially expand collaborative pediatric clinical and research programs, facilitate the exchange of research trainees and

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The superfruit that may end starvation, blindness

A tomato is a fruit (but legally a vegetable), an eggplant is a berry, and a strawberry is not a berry, but an avocado is and…this is all very difficult to keep up with. While technical definitions of fruit (er, vegetables?) may be hard to understand, there are some things that are pretty easy. A […]

Aphid control can stem spread of potato viruses

It’s a matter of strategy for farmers, according to the Manitoba Co-Operator. While the pathogenic virus potato virus Y (PVY) isn’t new to the agricultural industry, the fact that the virus is changing is.

New strains have begun to emerge, once again bringing the management of possible spread of disease to the forefront for researchers […]

Dog tail wagging holds clues to brain set up

Dogs’ tails may tell more of a tale than previously thought.

Think of a dog’s tail like its emotional barometer. Conventional thinking tells us that a wagging tail equals a happy dog. However, scientists have known for a while that tail wags can also indicate other, less positive feelings such as fear or insecurity, according […]

Collaboration to improve Canadian plant research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are teaming up to improve plant health.

The project will bring researchers from both groups together to improve collaboration and increase efficiencies as they work to find ways to improve plant health, including the elimination of the plum pox virus, which affects stone […]

Potato famine pathogen “more virulent”

The pathogen that caused a famine that killed a million people in the 1800s is more virulent today than it was two centuries ago, researchers have found.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Copenhagen compared genes from five 19th century strains of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen behind the potato blight, to […]