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The world is full of tiny viruses and bacteria that can be seen only through a microscope. Some bacteria can be helpful, but others cause diseases such as typhoid fever. Viruses can cause deadly diseases such as COVID-19. Young readers will get all the facts about bacteria and viruses, including...
Did you know that there are animals all around you that you can’t see without a microscope? Sometimes it’s good you can’t see them. As you shed dead skin cells, thousands of dust mites gobble them up. Gross! Tiny water bears are super tough. They can survive in Earth’s...
Can't sleep? Too many things to worry about? Or do you get lost in your mind thinking about all the ways tomorrow could go wrong? Why does this happen? The
An excerpt from a middle grades reader exploring neuroscience and emotion
The costs associated with invasive insects add up to more than $70 billion every single year-and that price tag is expected to increase as climate change, global trade, and an overall uptick in human movement help expand the ranges of exotic pests.
Neonicotinoid pesticides kill insect pests by acting on their nervous systems, eventually causing paralysis and death. That makes them effective pesticides, but it's not great news for pollinators that come into contact with neonicotinoids while foraging or nesting.
The Pleistocene Epoch began 2.6 million years ago and was marked by wild climate swings that caused glaciers to advance and recede-sometimes covering huge swaths of the northern hemisphere and changing important habitats.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever spreads when Rickettsia rickettsia bacteria pour into a bite wound while an American dog tick takes a blood meal. Unlike some other tick-borne diseases, which require a longer bite to transmit, Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection may take place within the first 30 minutes of the tick bite.
Insects, like all eukaryotes, have specialized organelles called mitochondria tucked into nearly every cell. Most famously, these act like tiny generators, transforming the energy from food into energy that powers the cell. Mitochondria have their own set of DNA separate from the DNA held in the cell's nucleus.
Most people picture bumble bees as fuzzy insects whose social colonies epitomize the idea of working together for a common purpose, but one group of bees has a less friendly approach: cuckoo bumble bees (subgenus Psithyrus) steal into other bumble bees' nests, take out the queen, and force the workers to rear their brood instead.
Hatchling sea turtles face huge perils on the journey from nest to sea. They're also sometimes beset by a tiny one: ants. In a new study published this month in Environmental Entomology , researchers looked at the interactions between ants and loggerhead sea turtles ( Caretta caretta) on Georgia's barrier islands.
If you take anything from this post, Juergen Richt, Ph.D., DVM, hopes it's this: Entomologists and veterinarians play a vital role in public health and biodefense. In fact, Richt considers his biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) facility and 20-person team an elite unit. And that crew is taking on COVID-19.
Invasive species are an expensive problem, with invasive insects alone racking up at least $70 billion a year in costs around the globe-and it's only going to get more expensive. Scientists expect an 18 percent increase in arthropod invasion by 2050, according to climate change projections.
The very hungry caterpillars emerged from their eggs and bored into nearby cotton bolls, sinking their mouthparts into cottonseeds and blocking production of valuable lint as they burrowed through the bolls in their quest to tank up before their final molt.
When you think about it, invasion ecology and biological control are two sides of the same coin. One field studies the mechanisms that drive the movement of non-native or invasive species into new habitats and the effects of that invasion on local resources. The other uses intentional, controlled introductions of non-native species as a pest management technique.
Scientists think ticks could be up to 300 million years old. The fossil record even includes amber-encased ticks still engorged with their last dino meal. Which is amazing. Those blood-sucking arthropods have been doing their thing for longer than humans have existed-and their thing includes carrying disease.
The first time Jason Bond, Ph.D., saw the Moss Landing State Beach spider he would eventually know as Cryptocteniza kawtak, it was 1997, and the University of California, Davis, professor was still a doctoral student. More than two decades would pass before Bond would trap a male specimen and confirm the spider as a new genus.
Gut bacteria are exceptionally tiny, but the roles they play for their insect hosts are huge. And understanding those roles may even offer insight into some of the biggest questions-like how symbionts evolved into their roles in the first place. In a paper published August 20 in the Journal of Insect Science , Clemson University M.S.
Remember the time the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tweeted a photo of a poppy seed muffin sporting five seed-sized ticks? The idea was to show just how small ticks can be, but those were nymphal ticks.
You've probably heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure," but new research published in June in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America takes that folk wisdom to a new level.
If you've ever found yourself staring at a ginormous pile of insects that need counting, good news: There's an app for that. It was precisely that sort of situation that inspired Christine Parker, doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduate research assistant with the Illinois Natural History Survey, to try something new.
From revealing how crickets chirp to spotlighting the way mosquitoes suck blood, San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED's award-winning video series is changing the way viewers see the world. Deep Look uses ultra-HD (4K) macro cinematography and video microscopy to uncover the wonder of tiny things-and that means insects frequently take center stage.
For most people, flowers call to mind many things-romance, appreciation, well wishes-but probably not ... bee poop. Insect pollinators are crucial to maintaining biodiversity and crop yields but face global declines. Clues that may help save these important insects might come from an unexpected place: apian fecal matter.
The wasp flies through the forest, heavy with eggs, following the scent of beetle infestation. She locates a promising tree and lands, using sensory organs on her legs to detect beetle larvae feeding below the surface. She drills through the bark and deposits her clutch.
shutterstock/YuliaLisitsa For as long as she can remember, Giulia Poerio has experienced a tingling sensation in her scalp when listening to people whisper. "I asked [my sister] if she got this head tingling thing when people were whispering," the University of Essex researcher recalls.
If you're managing type 2 diabetes, you already know that keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range through diet, exercise, and, if necessary, medication is important for keeping health complications at bay. But new research underscores the existing advice that your heart health deserves special attention.
You can tell right away that Margaretta Page is someone you want by your side in a battle against brain cancer. The clinical nurse specialist has been working with brain tumor patients and their families at the UCSF Medical Center for the past 30 years.
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and another 84 million - about a third of the population - have prediabetes. But the risk of diabetes, as staggering as these numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are, isn't an equal one.
You'll just want to squeeze these baby lizards' cheeks...but don't. Some of them are very poisonous.
Over the phone, Merida Grant’s voice sounds heavy as she lists the possible outcomes of early-life trauma like family separation: mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse and addiction, even a shortened lifespan.
When you were kid, you probably knew that to score a magical sick day home from school, you needed to have a fever. When the thermometer came out of your mouth, it had to read higher than 98.6℉-the long-accepted "normal" human body temperature.
Your DNA is like a blueprint that can be broken down into pieces called genes. These genes tell your body how to build important molecules like proteins. Permanent changes in the DNA sequence of a gene are called mutations. These may affect the way your body reads the blueprint.
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While the incidence of cancer is on the rise, the cancer death rate is actually decreasing, thanks in part to diagnostic procedures like biopsies.
For every three undergraduate students who start a science or engineering degree, one will drop their program, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It's a leaky STEM pipeline that loses a disproportionate number of low-income, first-generation and other historically excluded students.
Fact Sheet for FHWA's Early Advanced Research Program
FHWA fact sheet looking at traffic modeling and public safety through a behavioral economics lens.
In the United States alone, two people die from skin cancer every single hour. It's the most common cancer around the world - and a researcher at Stevens Institute of Technology is coming for it.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought a series of unique educational challenges, especially when it comes to face-to-face instruction and internships. For some students, those challenges are opportunities to break down barriers and open (virtual) doors.
Stevens Institute of Technology alumnus Obiefuna Okafor '10 credits his love of learning and heart for people as the twin passions that have guided his path. It's a winning combo that earned Obi the distinction of being named the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Industry.
The next time you need to find a COVID-19 testing center or vaccine site in New Jersey, the best tool for the job may come from the mind of one of Stevens' own.
When Chang-Hwan Choi looks at the natural world, he sees potential. Choi, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, has devoted his career to studying nanoscale structures in nature-like miniscule projections on the surfaces of leaves and insect wings-and applying those ideas to improve human technology.
When most people think about satellites, they picture scientists peering into space to unravel its secrets. But for Knut Stamnes, professor in the Department of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology, those satellites are tools that can help understand our own planet.
Ellyn Lester knew she was under consideration for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Education Foundation's Carol A Kueker Construction Education Visionary award, but she didn't expect to learn she was the panel's unanimous choice.
The new chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS), Adeniyi Lawal, has earned an impressive array of accomplishments and accolade
Within the US alone, nearly 700,000 children are victims of abuse and neglect each year. Children's advocacy centers provide critical interventions and case management, yet they reach less than half of these child victims-an estimated 311,000 in 2014.
When Sesha Alluri began looking into the issue of antibiotic resistance, the statistics she read were shocking. "In the United States alone, there are almost 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections each year," explained Alluri, who is a lecturer and senior design advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Stevens Institute of Technology.
For the 210 million people worldwide with chronic respiratory conditions, progressing to end-stage lung disease-the point where lung function becomes seriously impaired, causing breathing difficulties, fatigue, and confusion-means the only clinical option is lung transplantation. Many of those patients face long waits due to a critical shortage in donor lungs.
This month, Stevens Institute of Technology will host its fifth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering! Day event at Brensinger Elementary School in Jersey City.
A team of civil engineering students from Stevens Institute of Technology brought home a 1st place win at an international student competition focusing on ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) this month. The competition, which was part of the 2nd International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, was held June 2-5 in Albany, New York.
For one member of the Stevens Institute of Technology SeaWork team, the guiding principle of sustainable ocean farming has always just made sense. "There's not enough land in the world for people and farming, so one of them has to go toward the ocean," says Alexandria Austin.
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Thanks to the National Human Genome Research Institute for supporting this episode. If you're interested in learning more about the human genome and the latest in polygenic risk score research, head to http://genome.gov/PRS #polygenicriskscores #science The first time you visit a new doctor, they'll probably ask you about your family history - but it turns out that family history doesn't tell you everything about the risks that can be hidden in your genes.
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Interim Associate Editor, edited non-feature items, included Tech Guides, Product News, Product Spotlights, Lab Products
While an individual's DNA sequence remains the same throughout their life, expression of the encoded genes may change over time and contribute to disease development in genetically predisposed individuals. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute have discovered the mechanism of a major risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS) that triggers disease through epigenetic regulation.
Coping The statistics associated with date rape and acquaintance rape are staggering, especially for teens and young adults, who are at the highest risk. With warmth and candor, this straightforward guide offers frank advice and insightful context to demystify concepts like rape and consent, and provides advice for what to do after experiencing date rape or acquaintance rape.
On Valentine's Day circa 1994, my parents went all out. They set a candlelit table and placed a gift by my plate: a delicate ring nestled in a hinged jeweler's box. I wasn't surprised.
A shocking thing happened at a closed-door United Nations meeting in March, during the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In a private session intended to set language for gender equality policies and to brief non-governmental organizations on U.S. priorities for women's issues, a senior advisor from the U.S.
On a recent sunny day in Portland, Oregon, Dana Hoffman Ellis waited at a stop for the light rail train that crisscrosses the city. Ellis wasn't riding herself. Instead, she was waiting for the arrival of her 9-year-old child, Salmon, who had just embarked on a solo adventure across town using public transit.
'I tend to think these parents have more money than self-awareness'