Miracle Drug or Snake Oil? How Consumers Can Tell the Difference

Humans have been searching for the fountain of youth for centuries. We have overturned virtually every rock, we have looked under every leaf, and we have plumbed nature’s bounty in order to unlock the secret to eternal life and endless good health. Along the way, con artists, charlatans, and even well-meaning dupes have introduced an …

The Unsuspecting Hazard of Fentanyl

Fentanyl has gained the attention of countless news sources in the past few years. In fact, this year dawned the first official Fentanyl Awareness Day, which took place on May 10, 2022. The official website created to promote the day states that this issue is so important because of the alarming death rates directly attributed …

7 Ways Daylighting Design in Building Impacts Your Health

Daylighting is a design technique architects and building designers use to make the most of the sun and increase a building’s appeal. They achieve this design using solar tubes to capture and reflect light throughout the building. Light shelves and skylights also increase the amount of sunlight in a room.

Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium on March 24, 1882

On March 24, 1882, German physician and microbiologist Robert Koch (11 December 1843 – 27 May 1910) announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium. since 1982, March 24 is commemorated by the World Health Organization (WHO) World Tuberculosis Day to raise public awareness. Today’s (March 24) story of what happened this day in Science, Technology, …

Covid-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020

Covid-19, the highly-contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. Today’s (March 11) story of what happened this day in Science, Technology, Astronomy, and Space Exploration history.

Bioengineered Cotton Could Help Solve World Hunger

Humans have relied on cotton’s textile fiber for nearly seven millennia. However, utilizing cottonseed as food has been a long and unfulfilled goal of many plant breeders. Along with its abundant, high-quality protein, cottonseed also contains gossypol – a toxic chemical that renders the seed inedible. Cottonseed’s fate as a mostly unusable by-product seemed sealed …

Researchers Created the Largest-Ever Human Family Tree and it has 231 Million Ancestral Lineages

Researchers from the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford in England used DNA analysis to create the largest human family tree ever, dating back 100,000 years. They published their study titled “A unified genealogy of modern and ancient genomes” in the journal Science.

Digital technologies like SHARECITY can reduce food waste

Food waste has reached colossal proportions and the magnitude of the problem requires equally massive resources with the potential to supply sustainable answers. What better than the dynamic digital databases and advanced analytics we literally have access to “at our fingertips”. By Susan Langthorp

Developing Sustainable Water Purification Technologies using Nanotechnology

A significant proportion of the world’s population has little to no access to clean water, and the water consumed by industrial activities continues to grow. Researchers from the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center, which is headquartered at Rice University, are developing cutting-edge water purification technologies that can provide communities with access to clean and …