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 […]

Spacey ‘super puffs’ are changing our understanding of how planets form

An artistic rendering of WASP-107b orbiting in front of its star (ESA/Hubble, NASA, M. Kornmesser/) When Caroline Piaulet first started looking at an exoplanet called WASP-107b, a gas giant orbiting a star in the Virgo constellation about 212 light years away, she was mostly interested in finding out what was inside it. “I essentially wanted […]

Understanding origins of Arizona’s Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago

Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Today, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration scientist Amanda Clarke and her team have been working to solve the mysterious root cause of the Sunset Crater eruption and any […]

Understanding origins of Arizona’s Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago

IMAGE: Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Today, ASU School of Earth… view more  Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient […]

A global assessment of the impact of groundwater on ocean chemistry is important for understanding the weathering of rocks and its effects on climate — ScienceDaily

An invisible flow of groundwater seeps into the ocean along coastlines all over the world. Scientists have tended to disregard its contributions to ocean chemistry, focusing on the far greater volumes of water and dissolved material entering the sea from rivers and streams, but a new study finds groundwater discharge plays a more significant role […]

Peeking inside ‘mini-brains’ could boost understanding of the human brain

Geneva, Switzerland, 7 January 2021 – ‘Mini-brains’ are pin-head sized collections of several different types of human brain cell. They are used as a tool, allowing scientists to learn about how the brain develops, study disease and test new medicines. Personalized ‘mini-brains’ can be grown from stem cells generated from a sample of human hair […]

Scientists develop new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions

Dormant volcano in Equador. Credit: Alain Volentik A geosciences team led by the University of South Florida (USF) has developed a new way to reconstruct the sizes of volcanic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago, creating a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and […]

Effective posts led to better understanding among new parents — ScienceDaily

When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when […]

Understanding nanoparticle entry mechanism into tumors

Announcing a new publication for BIO Integration journal. In this commentary the authors Phei Er Saw and Sangyong Jon from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, consider how the entry mechanism of nanoparticles into tumors determines the future direction of nanomedicine development. Enhanced permeability and […]