Smarter Lunchrooms Lead Kids To Eat More Salad

Providing healthier food choices for our nation’s schoolchildren is a hot-button issue in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. And a team of researchers from Cornell University have recently identified one simple solution to help schools serve more fresh vegetables and salad items.

Laura Smith, …continue reading

Resilient Gypsy Moth Continues To Shrug Off Best Pesticides

The gypsy moth, a highly destructive insect that has damaged millions of acres of forests and urban landscapes, continues to slowly spread throughout the country despite the use of safer, more effective pesticides, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ …continue reading

What's Motivation Got To Do With Weight Loss?

Energy in, energy out, it’s the basic equation to weight loss, or is it? With more than two thirds of Americans classified as overweight or obese1, a study in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior examines how motivation …continue reading

4 Unhealthy Behaviors Combine To Increase Death Risk

Four unhealthy behaviors—smoking, lack of physical activity, poor diet and alcohol consumption—appear to be associated with a substantially increased risk of death when combined, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

“Several studies have shown that …continue reading

Stem Cells From Surgery Leftovers Could Repair Damaged Hearts

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially …continue reading

Rainfall Linked To Skewed Sex Ratios

An increased proportion of male African buffalo are born during the rainy season. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology collected data from over 200 calves and 3000 foetuses, finding that rain likely exerts this effect by interaction with so-called sex …continue reading

DNA Barcoding Reveals Mislabeled Cod And Haddock In Dublin

Ecological scientists in Ireland recently used DNA barcoding to identify species of fish labeled as either “cod” or “haddock” in fish and chip shops, fresh fish counters and supermarkets in 10 postal districts in Dublin. They found that 39 out of 156 (25%) randomly …continue reading

Scientists Report Several Different Species Of Killer Whales Likely

In a report published today in the journal Genome Research, scientists report finding strong genetic evidence supporting the theory there are several species of killer whales (Orcinus orca, also known as orcas) throughout the world’s oceans.

Scientists have suspected for some time that there …continue reading

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hurting Global Environment, Security

A comprehensive assessment of global fossil-fuel subsidies has found that governments are spending $500 billion annually on policies that undermine energy security and worsen the environment.

The study, titled “The Politics of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies” by David Victor, a professor of political science with UC …continue reading

How Red Wine May Shield Brain From Stroke Damage

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered the way in which red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage following a stroke.

Two hours after feeding mice a single modest dose of resveratrol, a compound found in the skins and seeds of …continue reading