Alzheimer’s charity walks attract thousands in UK and US

Over the past few days, there have been Alzheimer’s disease charity walks organized or scheduled in the United States, United Kingdom, and other parts of the world.  And there are others planned in the coming days, with the common goal being just that -- to educate people and to earn money in hopes of finding a cure…

Vegan mom charged with endangerment after feeding baby fruit-and-nut diet

The Vegan mom case in Pennsylvania has attracted a lot of attention, due to the unnamed 11-month-old child of the mother suffering from diet-related malnutrition. This was due to the mother's insistence on feeding the baby a rigid diet of nuts, berries, and little else. According to reports, Elizabeth Hawk, 33, had strictly followed a vegan…

California anti-smoking reforms may cover e-cigarette taxes

California is known for its sun and its surf, and its easygoing culture and lifestyle. The state is also known for its largely health-conscious populace, and policies and attitudes toward cigarette smoking. And that also includes vaping, a growing industry that has experts divided with regards to its safety and efficacy as a smoking cessation tool. If you're…

Isotopes on Mars could help NASA monitor Red Planet’s atmospheric changes

The nuances of Mars' atmosphere have long been a mystery for astronomers, but that may change thanks to a new  discovery from NASA that could allow them to gain information on the planet, its atmosphere, and its history. The space agency suggests that xenon and krypton isotopes may have been a factor, and may continue…

Greenhouse gas emissions facilitated by hydropower reservoirs

Greenhouse gas emissions are steadily declining, but what about the problem of methane emissions in specific? A new study review  has singled out man-made hydropower reservoirs near dams as a key producer of methane, a greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide equivalent that has been cited by many as a rising contributor to climate change. The…

Humans did inherit violence, but civilization made us less murderous

If you think of all those news reports on violent killings, you'd probably think humans are the most murderous species around. And while humans are indeed quite violent, as inherited from our ancestors, we were much more so hundreds of years ago, and have civilization to thank for our mellowing down. Researchers analyzed more than a…

Unusual spiral arms spotted growing from baby star

A new image from Chile’s ALMA observatory shows what looks to be a very young, baby star, with a disk of space debris and gas surrounding the being. But what strikes this as an interesting photo is the spiral arms surrounding the star, a peculiar sighting that could be a game-changer in helping scientists understand the…

Drepanosaurus had peculiar claw and even stranger limbs

The chameleon-like reptile Drepanosaurus existed about 200 million years ago, and stood out from its prehistoric peers thanks to its outsized, specialized claw that it used as a digging tool. But that wasn't all that researchers discovered when analyzing the prehistoric lizard and what made it so strange for its time. In that regard, Drepanosaurus…

The plainfin midshipman: Nocturnal love song explained by scientists

The plainfin midshipman is one of the more interesting fish in the animal kingdom, as males of the species sing a nocturnal “love song” too woo females. But what makes those unusual fish only sing at night, much like your average human-fronted musical act does? A group of researchers explained this in a recent study, and…

Fracking caused recent man-made earthquakes in TX and OK

Researchers have long concluded that drilling and fracking activities have been the cause of several man-made earthquakes in the Southwest United States. A new study now adds to these findings, offering additional insights on wastewater injections and how they led to a major quake in Texas a few years ago. A team of researchers made…