How forensic science can unlock the mysteries of human evolution

By Patrick Randolph-Quinney, University of Central Lancashire; Anthony Sinclair, University of Liverpool; Emma Nelson, University of Liverpool, and Jason Hall, University of Liverpool. People are fascinated by the use of forensic science to solve crimes. Any science can be forensic when used in the criminal and civil justice system – biology, genetics and chemistry have

Dengue virus antibodies may worsen a Zika infection

By Sharon Isern, Florida Gulf Coast University. The World Health Organization declared in November that Zika was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. That doesn’t mean concern over Zika is over, but now that a link between Zika and microcephaly has been established, it is viewed as a long-term problem, which requires

Why you can’t fry eggs (or testicles) with a cellphone

By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University. A minor craze in men’s underwear fashions these days seems to be briefs that shield the genitals from cellphone radiation. The sales claim is that these products protect the testicles from the harmful effects of the radio waves emitted by cellphones, and therefore help maintain a robust sperm count

Space Exploration

Cassini Getting Set for Dramatic “Ring-Grazing Orbits” of Saturn [Video]

A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft’s orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet’s equator and rings. And on Nov. 30, following a gravitational nudge from Saturn’s moon Titan, Cassini will enter the first phase of the

Amazing News

Static electricity’s tiny sparks

By Sebastian Deffner, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Static electricity is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. It’s all around us, sometimes funny and obvious, as when it makes your hair stand on end, sometimes hidden and useful, as when harnessed by the electronics in your cellphone. The dry winter months are high season for

Ocean Science & Marine Biology

[Video] Underwater robots help scientists see where marine larvae go and how they get there

ABy Thomas Wolcott, North Carolina State University; Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University; John L. Largier, University of California, Davis, and Steven G. Morgan, University of California, Davis. Many people who love the oceans never realize that a single drop of seawater is teeming with plankton, which means “drifters” in Greek. These organisms, which typically