Joanne Logan

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Fracking for Natural Gas May Help Us Save Water

When it comes to hydrofracking, it’s the fracturing that gets a lot of the attention, but in fact it’s the hydro part of that is particularly …

Wriggling worm is breakthrough for artificial life

Early efforts to construct an artificial life form in a software model have reached a milestone as a digital worm begins to squirm in the same way that real animals are observed to<p>An ambitious project to recreate an entire roundworm, cell by cell, in a software model has reached a crucial …

Get anxiety under control to reduce stroke risk

People with high levels of anxiety are 33 percent more likely to suffer a stroke, as compared to their less anxious counterparts, researchers …

What Chickadees Have That I Want. Badly

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.<p>I have this extraordinary ability to <i>not</i> remember where my keys are. It's uncanny. Every morning, I lock …

Can a piece of gum help you lose weight?

An oral spray or piece of chewing gum that contains a compound that naturally occurs in the body may be all it takes to curb appetite and spark …

Acupuncture reduces chemo hot flashes for women

Acupuncture and similar pinprick sensations offer some relief from the hot flashes and pain caused by breast cancer chemotherapy treatment, a small …

Toe bone DNA reveals Neanderthal interbreeding

Using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, scientists find evidence for a long history of interbreeding among at least …

‘Super-clone’ E. coli could be worse than hospital superbug

Virulent, drug-resistant forms of <i>E. coli</i> that have recently spread around the world emerged from a single strain of the bacteria, not many different …

Religious tolerance strong in birthplace of Arab Spring

Public attitudes in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, show strong support for secular politics and religious moderation and tolerance, a …

Does reading actually change the brain?

After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.<p>Their findings, that reading a novel may cause …

7 more grams of fiber cuts heart disease risk

Even small increases in the amount of daily fiber can lower the risk of both cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, new research suggests.<p>“It has …

How Ultrasound Became the Newest Weapon Against Stroke

Even the best methods doctors have today for treating the most common strokes won't help most patients. In the race to find a better way, some scientists are using ultrasound to find and track strokes before they happen and treat them afterward.<p><b>Ischemic strokes, caused by blood clots</b> that can …

Criticising popular things: why is it so popular?

There’s that thing that’s very popular right now. You probably know what this is referring to. It can’t be escaped, it’s everywhere. It’s at the top of every chart. It’s being played constantly on the radio and TV channels. Everybody owns one, and sometimes several. Presenters on all formats are …

Was the Christmas Star real?

Some possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas star.<p>The Star of Bethlehem – nowadays often just called the Christmas …

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Because it remains green year round, this parasitic plant has long been associated with fertility.<p>To the best of my knowledge, I never saw live mistletoe until after relocating to Europe. But the leafless trees in Germany make it plain that mistletoe is everywhere here.<p>European mistletoe, <i>Viscum</i> …

Hair Dryer Cooking: From S'mores To Crispy Duck

Have a hankering for s'mores but not near a fire? Grab your hair dryer. Credit: Morgan Walker/NPR<p>This past year, we've introduced you to some wacky cooking methods. We've made an entire lunch in a coffee maker and even poached salmon and pears in the dishwasher.<p>But a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon …

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How to predict severe reactions to China’s new flu

A genetic marker can accurately predict which patients will experience severe reactions to a new strain of influenza currently found in …

This gene helps some of us never forget a face

The oxytocin receptor, a gene known to influence mother-infant bonding, also plays a role in the ability to remember faces.<p>The finding has important …

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

<b>Listen · 4:01</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.<p>Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that …

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

Today in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Born in 1643, Isaac Newton’s insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.<p><b>January 4, 1643.</b> Isaac …

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying

Awesomely terrifying, or terrifyingly awesome?<p>The jellyfish is a fascinating creature. Floating lazily along in the ocean current resembling plastic bags, the gelatinous zooplankton seem to do little more than add a colorful glow to our aquariums and occasionally give swimmers a reason to urinate …

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FYI: Did Dinosaurs Get The Flu?

Investigating diseases of prehistory<p>It’s very hard to figure out when the influenza virus first started making animals sick. Studies of the history of major human epidemics suggest the flu has been around for at least a thousand years. “The certainty diminishes as we go further back into the past,” …

When stars sneeze

If you could watch over thousands of years, you’d find that the star is having a sneezing fit. It’s firing off rapid releases of super-hot, …

Here is the (John) Lennon crater on Mercury

Truman Capote has a crater on Mercury now, too. So does Enrico Caruso … and seven other artists, musicians, painters and authors.<p>This is the newly …

Water’s speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer’s

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, report …

New drugs to come from cone snail venom?

The extinction of cone snails—and their venom—could mean the loss a yet-undiscovered reservoir of pharmaceuticals.<p>Cone snails live in warm tropical …

Biofilm bacteria linger on toys, books, cribs

Numerous scientific studies have concluded that two common bacteria that cause ear infections, strep throat, and more serious infections cannot live …