For this episode of BioScience Talks (http://bioscienceaibs.libsyn.com/gene-drive-technology-where-is-the-future-bonus-episode), we're joined by Gene Drive Committee co-chair James P. Collins of Arizona State University and committee member Joseph Travis of Florida State University. They fill us in on the specifics of the new committee report and on the future of gene drives.
Government agencies are having difficulty tracking potential terrorist attacks, since terrorists have developed new ways to communicate besides social media. A new framework developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York is able to predict future terrorist attacks by recognizing patterns in past attacks.
Pipelines carrying crude oil to ports in British Columbia may spell bad news for salmon, according to a new University of Guelph-led study. Exposure to an oil sands product -- diluted bitumen -- impairs the swimming ability and changes the heart structures of young salmon.
A University of Miami math professor has developed a scientific model to address the various ways the Zika virus proliferates. The study, published June 17 in Scientific Reports, reveals that mosquito control should remain the most important mitigation method to control the virus. However, the study reveals that Zika is a complicated virus and sexual transmission increases the risk of infection and prolongs the outbreak.
A group of physicists from the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, has learned to use personal computer for calculations of complex equations of quantum mechanics, usually solved with help of supercomputers. This PC does the job much faster.
As oil palm production expands from Southeast Asia into Central Africa, a Duke-led study finds that converting Africa's forests into monoculture plantations could trigger significant carbon emissions unless governments enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation. Developing only low-carbon forests and requiring that one acre be set aside for every 2.6 acres put into production will be essential for achieving net-zero emissions.
There have been several mass distinctions in the history of the earth with adverse consequences for the environment. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now uncovered another disaster that took place around 250 million years ago and completely changed the prevalent vegetation during the Lower Triassic.
Scientists from the University of Cologne and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam are cooperating on a research project on past climate changes in the Arctic. They found out that the degree of cold of the preceding ice age determines how fast the vegetation subsequently adapts to the warmer temperatures of the interglacial period. This allows for more precise predictions of future climate change.
A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.
Human use of artificial light is causing spring to come at least a week early in the UK, researchers at the University of Exeter in Cornwall have found.