Quantcast
Home » Archives » Science (Page 419)

Snakes blamed for ‘severe declines’ in Florida wildlife

WASHINGTON — Across southern Florida, rabbits, raccoons, bobcats and foxes have been disappearing at dramatic rates over the past decade, and invasive Burmese pythons are to blame, a US study said Monday. The big snakes which are native to southeast Asia have been devouring all kinds of wildlife leading to…

Scientists shift on brain speech center: study

WASHINGTON — The part of the brain used for speech processing is in a different location than originally believed, according to a US study Monday that researchers said will require a rewrite of medical texts. Wernicke’s area, named after the German neurologist who proposed it in the late 1800s, was…

C-sections don’t contribute to obese children: study

(Reuters) – Children born by Cesarean section are no more likely to become obese than if they are born vaginally, according to a Brazilian study. Past research from Brazil had found a link between excessive weight and C-sections, leading some scientists to suggest that not being exposed to bacteria from the birth canal could…

Ultrasound zaps could be male contraceptive

Zapping testicles with ultrasound can reduce sperm counts and might be used in the future as an inexpensive, reliable and reversible male contraceptive, according to US researchers. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who conducted experiments on male rats, issued their findings on Saturday in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology.…

Japan studies flora and fauna near Fukushima plant

Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according to an official. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and fauna in and around the 20 kilometre (12 mile) no-go zone surrounding the…

Study: Pneumonia bug gained drug resistance by swapping genes

PARIS, France — Bugs that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by swapping bits of their genome with other bacteria, according to a study published Sunday. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, show how quickly these life-threatening pathogens can disguise themselves with borrowed genetic decoys, and…

Pandas removed from public view due to colic

LONDON — The two giant pandas living at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland were removed from public view this weekend after falling ill with colic, a zoo spokeswoman said on Sunday. Yang Guang, the male panda, began suffering from the condition earlier this month and now Tian Tian, the female, has…

Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.” Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted…

Berkeley energy lab plans big expansion

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said it will expand beyond its 200-acre Berkeley, California, campus with a 90-acre site in neighboring Richmond, California, hoping to ride gains in U.S. government energy research funding. A new 300,000 square foot building will consolidate into one site the satellite…

Einstein’s ‘Nazi’ letters to be auctioned in the U.S.

Three letters by Albert Einstein to a American-German group which campaigned against the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s will go on the auction block in Los Angeles next week. In one, the father of relativity praises the “Friends of Truth,” a Cincinnati-based German-American group, for not allowing Jews to…

Google+