Student Uses Pedal Power To Create Novel Machine

An innovative bicycle-powered water pump, created by a student at the University of Sheffield, has proved a huge success and is now in regular production in Guatemala, transforming the lives of rural residents.

Jon Leary, 24, a MEng student in the University’s Department of Mechanical …continue reading

UBC Researcher Decodes Rembrandt's 'Magic'

A University of British Columbia researcher has uncovered what makes Rembrandt’s masterful portraits so appealing.

In the study, published in the current issue of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s arts and sciences journal Leonardo, UBC researcher Steve DiPaola argues that Rembrandt may have pioneered …continue reading

Experimental Treatment Protects Monkeys From Lethal Ebola Virus Post-Exposure

Scientists using tiny particles of genetic material to interfere in the replication process of the deadly Ebola virus have successfully prevented monkeys exposed to that virus from dying of hemorrhagic fever. The proof-of-concept study, published in this week’s issue of The Lancet, suggests that …continue reading

Saving Rainforests May Help Reduce Poverty

A new study shows that saving rainforests and protecting land in national parks and reserves reduced poverty in two developing countries, according to research by a Georgia State University professor.

Paul J. Ferraro, associate professor of economics in GSU’s Andrew Young School of Policy …continue reading

Major Step Ahead For Cryptography

Imagine you could work out the answer to a question, without knowing what the question was. For example, suppose someone thinks of two numbers and then asks another person to work out their sum, without letting them know what the two numbers are. However, …continue reading

Visually-Guided Laser May Be Viable Treatment For Abnormal Heartbeat

A new treatment known as a visually-guided laser-balloon catheter successfully interrupted abnormal electrical pulses in patients and pigs with intermittent, irregular heartbeats, in a study reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Severe cases of irregular heartbeat may …continue reading

Study Finds High Level Of Bacteria In Bottled Water In Canada

A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts, in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples, exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Researchers from Ccrest laboratories report their results at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for …continue reading

Attending Weight Watchers Meetings Helps Reduce The Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

The 57 million Americans currently living with “pre-diabetes” could benefit from a group weight loss program, like Weight Watchers, according to a new study published in this month’s American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Researchers found that after a 6-month Weight Watchers group program, overweight …continue reading

Can Bacteria Make You Smarter?

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior according to research presented today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.

“Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil bacterium which …continue reading

Danger In The Internet Cafe?

There’s a potential threat lurking in your internet cafĂ©, say University of Calgary computer science researchers. It’s called Typhoid adware and works in similar fashion to Typhoid Mary, the first identified healthy carrier of typhoid fever who spread the disease to dozens of people …continue reading