Amelia Calder

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Early Antibiotics Change Gut Microbes, Fuel Obesity

<b>What’s the short version?</b><p>There are tens of trillions of microbes in our guts, which are important for our digestion and our health. The antibiotics that we take to kill off disease-causing bacteria also indiscriminately nuke these beneficial bugs. Now, a new set of experiments in mice have shown …

Lessons From The Panama Canal, 100 Years Ago

When it was completed a century ago, the Panama Canal was an incredible feat of engineering. And, as Popular Science documented in 1913, it was also a big win for public health.<p><i>When it opened in August 1914, the 48-mile Panama Canal provided a vital shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,</i> …

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before.<p>The type of Ebola causing the outbreak — called Zaire — is the deadliest strain. Until …

Epigenetics News Articles Put Too Much Pressure On Moms

The things that parents do and eat can change what traits they pass on to their unborn babies––but scientists are saying it's too soon to be giving pregnancy advice based on epigenetics studies.<p>Maybe you've heard of King Henry VIII's tendency to blame his wives for giving birth to baby girls …

Genetics

EBOLA: What West Africa Can Learn From Winnebago County, Wisconsin

There is no question the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the greatest epidemics seen in modern times. The epidemic has spread to four countries and has accounted for over 1,000 deaths with no signs of slowing down. The situation appears to be dire as a lack of resources, overburdened health …

Disease

Sea plankton discovered outside space station | Adventure Sports Network

Sea plankton was discovered on the outside of the International Space Station. Photo by NASA from Wikimedia Commons<p>Russian scientists conducting …

Iceland tremors raise fears of new volcanic ash cloud

Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting<p><b>Iceland's</b> Met Office raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an <b>eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange</b> yesterday, which is the fourth level on a …

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

NEW YORK (AP) — While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward.<p>Durant stunned the Americans when he decided to …