Valerie Estrada

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Better Know a Plague: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is in the news again, in part because you’re more likely to get the illness in the summertime. But what is it?<p>Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, which is related to the <i>Treponema pallidum</i> bacterium that causes syphilis. Most <i>B. burgdorferi</i> are …

Monstrous rocky planet nicknamed 'Godzilla of Earths'

A giant rocky planet roughly twice the size of Earth and with nearly 20 times as much mass has been spotted in orbit around a faraway star. The planet is the first to be classed as a "mega-Earth" – an alien world that dwarfs the other rocky planets known to exist outside the solar …

All the many horrible ways that animals can kill you with venom

Take a look at these fascinating videos explaining the many horrible ways that animals can use their hollow fangs, grooved teeth, lip glands, claws, …

Zoology

Study: Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells

Researchers uncover a new kind of neuron that can tell the stem cells in a mouse brain to grow more neurons.<p><b>Scientists have found a kind of brain cell in</b> mice that can instruct stem cells to start making more neurons, according to a new study. In addition, they found that electrical signals could …

Google is helping build a giant database for understanding autism

Database of sequenced genomes planned to be the largest ever<p>Autism Speaks is teaming up with Google to create what it says will become the largest database of sequenced genomes from people with autism and members of their family. Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy group, plans for the …

Study IDs 'master' protein in pulmonary fibrosis

The research team, including co-senior author Erica Herzog of Yale and co-lead authors Yang Zhou (who is transitioning to Brown from Yale), Huanxing …

What's In Your Drinking Water?

The liquid pharmacy in your glass, and why you shouldn't be too concerned<p>In the 1970s, several studies turned up pharmaceuticals in treated U.S. sewage water, and drugs have been a known unknown in water supplies ever since. Recently, researchers at the Environmental Protection Agency tested 50 …

Pictures: Stunning Underwater Photos on World Oceans Day

Technology has improved, but the skill of the photographer remains essential.<p>World Oceans Day is Sunday, designated by the United Nations as a time to celebrate the extraordinary diversity of life beneath the waves and to focus on the increasing challenges the sea faces, from acidification to …

Neanderthal Man And The Science Of Human Uniqueness

Human exceptionalism is often described in broad terms. But there’s nothing like seeing the nitty gritty side that comes out when scientists undertake comparative studies of humans and their nearest relatives.<p>This comes up in biologist Svante Pääbo’s Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. …

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

Expect higher-than-usual tides in the days following the January 31, 2018, full supermoon.<p>In most places, but not everywhere, there are two high …

What Does A "Real Woman" Look Like, Anyway?

<i>UPDATE: This post was originally published on April 14.</i><p>"Zero is not a size." "Real women have curves." "Men want something to hold onto."<p>These …

Self-esteem

10 of the Maddest Scientists Who Ever Lived

From guzzling bacteria to dueling for mathematics, these scientists pulled some of the craziest stunts in the history of the profession.<p>What would you do for science? These scientists gave everything you had to achieve some of the most important advances we know today. From guzzling bacteria to …

Asteroid to pass by Earth on Sunday. Wave hello to 'the Beast!'

An asteroid the length of a New York city block will zip past Earth on Sunday, June 8, coming within 770,000 miles of our planet at its closest approach.<p>Nicknamed "the Beast," it has been designated a "potentially hazardous asteroid" because of its size (between 800 and 1,300 feet) and because of …

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