Biologists have Found a Way to Regenerate Neurons in Mice with Parkinson’s Using CRISPR Gene Editing

Biologists have Found a Way to Regenerate Neurons in Mice with Parkinson’s Using CRISPR Gene Editing

Scientists have found a way to use CRISPR to create new neurons in mice with Parkinson’s disease—and the new method could also be used for other neurodegenerative diseases, offering hope of a cure or treatment for potentially millions of people. When biologists first developed the CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists working … Read more

Google Maps Now Features COVID-19 Travel Alerts With Social Distancing Mandates And Crowd Levels

Google Maps Now Features COVID-19 Travel Alerts With Social Distancing Mandates And Crowd Levels

With scientists and public health advisors warning of things like “second waves” of COVID-19, resulting from the progressive loosening of restrictions in countries around the world, Google’s latest Maps update includes information on public health mandates in your area. It can be difficult to be sure you’re following enforced social-distancing … Read more

Scientists Finally Manage to Record the Strange Sounds of the ‘Arctic Unicorn’—the Elusive Narwhal

Scientists Finally Manage to Record the Strange Sounds of the ‘Arctic Unicorn’—the Elusive Narwhal

Scientists have finally succeeded in recording the various calls, buzzes, clicks, and whistles of the creature affectionately dubbed the “unicorn of the ocean”: narwhals. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according … Read more

As Coal Usage Declines, New Study Finds Dramatic Decrease in Asthma Symptoms and Hospitalizations

As Coal Usage Declines, New Study Finds Dramatic Decrease in Asthma Symptoms and Hospitalizations

After several years of researching four coal-fired power plants, scientists have found that local residents experienced fewer asthma symptoms and related hospitalizations as the plants either retired coal as their energy source or installed stricter emissions controls. Not only that, emergency department (ED) visits dropped dramatically along with the decrease … Read more

Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

Utilizing an enzyme found within composted leaves, scientists are now breaking down plastic all the way into a recyclable form in a matter of hours. Carbios, the French company responsible for the breakthrough, is already collaborating with Pepsi and L’Oréal to unleash industrial market-scale production of the new substance within … Read more