Rattlesnake venom is lethal, but understanding it could save lives

Unraveling the complicated genetics behind the tiger rattlesnake’s venom could help researchers identify new medications to treat human conditions. (University of South Florida/) The tiger rattlesnake, which lives in Arizona and northern Mexico, produces a highly unusual venom. This venom is deadlier than that of any other rattlesnake, yet also the simplest. Just a handful […]

Shedding light on the secret reproductive lives of honey bees — ScienceDaily

Honey bee health has been on the decline for two decades, with U.S. and Canadian beekeepers now losing about 25 to 40% of their colonies annually. And queen bees are failing faster than they have in the past in their ability to reproduce. The reason has been a mystery, but researchers at North Carolina State […]

Shedding light on the secret reproductive lives of honey bees

NC State University researcher Alison McAfee prepares queen cells to go into honey bee mating colonies. Credit: Alison McAfee. Honey bee health has been on the decline for two decades, with U.S. and Canadian beekeepers now losing about 25 to 40% of their colonies annually. And queen bees are failing faster than they have in […]

Australian ‘lives and homes’ at risk as fire nears Perth

Australian firefighters are battling an out-of-control bushfire that is threatening lives and homes in Perth An out-of-control bushfire threatened lives and homes in Australia’s west coast city of Perth Monday, with locals told to shelter in place from toxic fumes. Residents in several suburbs south of Perth have been warned to be on watch as […]

Saving Lives by Predicting Dust Storms

Sometimes kilometers wide and thousands of meters tall, dust storms look like massive, advancing walls of airborne dirt. They’re so thick and form so quickly that they can cut visibility to zero in under a minute. When dust storms strike highways, they make safe driving nearly impossible. These storms can even transport infectious […]

$169 bn for 29,000 lives? Study calculates cost of US shutdowns

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain There’s little doubt that government-ordered business shutdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19 damaged the US economy, but the exact cost has not been clear. Researchers from HEC Paris business school and Bocconi University in Milan have reached a sobering calculation: the closures beginning at the pandemic’s onset in March through […]