Poor Data On Key Mosquito Control Tool A Threat To Effective Malaria Prevention

Despite wide acclaim as a successful policy there is currently almost no quantitative evidence showing how well spraying the walls of people’s homes with mosquito-killing insecticide really works against malaria. This is the key finding of a new Cochrane Systematic Review.

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Calculating Agriculture's Phosphorus Footprint

Balancing phosphorus levels in crop lands is a key factor that is often overlooked in discussions of global food security, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology.

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Why Are Allergies Increasing?

Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine.

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Blinded By Jealousy?

Jealousy really is “blinding,” according to a new study by two University of Delaware psychology professors. They found that women who were made to feel jealous were so distracted by unpleasant emotional images they became unable to spot targets they were trying to find.

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Wild Ferrets Are Spreading Throughout The Island Of La Palma

Scientists from the Canary Islands have compiled data on wild ferrets in La Palma and the damage they cause in the ecosystem, to confirm that the island is the one with the highest number of naturalised animals in the archipelago. The Canarian government permits …continue reading

Diet Alone Will Not Likely Lead To Significant Weight Loss

Newly-published research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University demonstrates that simply reducing caloric intake is not enough to promote significant weight loss. This appears to be due to a natural compensatory mechanism that reduces a person’s physical activity in response to a …continue reading

Why Humans Believe That Better Things Come To Those Who Wait

New research reveals a brain circuit that seems to underlie the ability of humans to resist instant gratification and delay reward for months, or even years, in order to earn a better payoff. The study, published by Cell Press in the journal Neuron, provides …continue reading

Little Melamine Appears In Eggs From Chickens On Highly Contaminated Feed

Eggs from chickens that consumed extremely high levels of melamine in their feed still did not contain levels of the potentially toxic contaminant that exceeded U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits. That was the conclusion of the first study to check on …continue reading

The Onion, A Natural Alternative To Artificial Preservatives

Some components of the onion have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, making it possible to use this bulb for food preservation. This is demonstrated by researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cataluña (UPC) and the University of Barcelona (UB) in a study that has just …continue reading

Wildlife Still Exposed To Exxon Valdez Oil 20 Years After Disaster

Scientists in Alaska have discovered that lingering oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill is still being ingested by wildlife more than 20 years after the disaster. The research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, uses biomarkers to reveal long-term exposure to oil in …continue reading