Keán Ashley Thompson

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Treatment shows promise for hushing tinnitus - Futurity

"Ringing in the ears" or tinnitus may be the result of nerves in the face and neck trying to compensate for a reduction of input from the ear's …


Will Grizzly Bears Unlock Secret to Obesity?

Most medical research is done on lab rats or in test tubes, where the genes are easily manipulated by scientists. Larger animals, such as grizzly bears, are rarely subjects because they pose a few challenges—their claws, for example. But researchers at the Washington State University Bear Center in …

Grizzly Bears

Two known drugs may curb cervical cancer - Futurity

Two existing drugs show promise as potential treatments for cervical cancer, new research shows.


Why A Cholesterol-Reading Smartphone App Is Totally Not Worth It

It’s disingenuous to pretend otherwise.<p>Engineers at Cornell University have developed an app—plus a little snap-on device—that allows users to check their cholesterol levels with their smartphones. It’s a nice bit of engineering, and in a video, made by Cornell, the system looks appealing and easy …

Antibiotics can't beat wastewater 'superbugs' - Futurity

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria were escaping purification at two wastewater treatment plants in China, as well as breeding and spreading a dangerous …


Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …


Heating Water To 600 Degrees Celsius In One Trillionth Of A Second

A new trick of science could trigger some interesting chemical reactions.<p>It may only work on tiny amounts of water, but it should be the fastest transfer of energy to water on Earth. Scientists have figured out how to heat about one billionth of a liter of water 600 degrees Celsius in one …


Strobe Glasses Give Hockey Players A Performance Boost

One way to improve play? Make training harder.<p>If you're training for a marathon, you might consider hooking on some ankle weights to provide push-back, making the training more difficult but getting you up to speed faster. Makes sense. One thing that makes less sense but still weirdly works? …