Science and Development

Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections

Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to...

Spoiler alert: Computer simulations provide preview of upcoming eclipse

Scientists have forecast the corona of the sun during the upcoming eclipse. The findings shed light on what the eclipse of the sun might look like Aug. 21 when...

Hypertension during pregnancy may affect women's long-term cardiovascular health

Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to a new study. Source: Science Link: Hypertension during pregnancy...

Athletic ability and finger length linked?

Researchers have studied the correlation between athletic ability and finger length. Source: Science Link: Athletic ability and finger length linked?

Contraceptive pill linked to lowered risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Taking the contraceptive pill, particularly for seven or more consecutive years, is linked to a lowered risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Source: Science Link: Contraceptive pill linked to lowered...

Schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco

New research suggests that teenagers who had tried an e-cigarette were almost four times more likely to start smoking a conventional cigarette within a year, when compared to classmates...

In search of Edwards' pheasant: Amost extinct?

Scientists say we need to improve our information about little-known species to reduce the risk of one going extinct just because no-one is interested in looking for it. Source:...

Cholesterol crystals are sure sign a heart attack may loom

A new study on 240 emergency room patients shows just how much of a role a person’s cholesterol plays, when in a crystallized state, during a heart attack. Source:...

The laws of attraction: Pheromones don't lie, fruit fly research suggests

For the first time, scientists have shown that a female fruit fly’s pheromone signals can actually tell males how much energy her body has invested in egg production versus...

A better way to measure mortality trends?

A new study suggests long-term mortality trends may be better understood by focusing on life-years lost — remaining life expectancy for a decedent — instead of solely looking at...