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Hearts, airlocks, and asteroids: New research flies on 21st SpaceX cargo mission

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) The 21st SpaceX cargo resupply mission that launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carries a variety of critical research and technology demonstrations to the International Space Station. The mission represents the first on an upgraded version of the company’s Dragon cargo spacecraft designed to carry more science payloads to and from the space station.

Tackling food allergies at the source

Food allergies cost billions of dollars and cause enormous suffering for people. Researchers are trying to remove the source of food allergies altogether — troublesome proteins made by our favorite crops.

Scientists discover secret to superbug’s virulence in diabetic infections

(University of Pittsburgh) The bodies of people with uncontrolled diabetes appear to be the perfect environment for a common type of superbug to thrive unchecked and do its worst damage, according to new research reported today in Science Advances. Staphylococcus aureus — a bacteria that is often resistant to antibiotics — thrives in glucose-rich diabetic conditions, which trigger it to activate some of its most virulent features. A lack of insulin prevents the immune system from responding to the infection.

USask physicist teams up with U.K. partners in world-first program of quantum technologies

(University of Saskatchewan) As part of a new U.K.-Canada collaboration, a University of Saskatchewan quantum physics team will develop a highly sensitive and precise sensor for measuring magnetic fields, a technology of potential benefit for geological prospecting, medicine, and quantum computers.

What Life Will Look Like Without Fossil Fuels And Reliable Energy

Most of the world’s population is already living without the products and fuels from petroleum, while the healthier and wealthier countries are focusing efforts to reduce their emissions from the use of fossil fuels, natural gas, and coal with extensive…

Clinicians who prescribe unnecessary antibiotics fuel future antibiotic use

Receipt of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections makes it more likely that patients and their families will seek care and receive antibiotics for future respiratory viral infections. In the year after their visit, patients randomly assigned to clinicians who prescribed more antibiotics got 15 percent more antibiotics for viral respiratory infections compared with patients seen by clinicians who prescribed the fewest antibiotics. Antibiotics work against bacteria but not against viruses, and improper use can make bacteria resistant to these drugs.

More green spaces can help boost air quality, reduce heart disease deaths

The number of trees, shrubs and grasses in an area – known as green space or greenness – can improve air quality, counteract air pollution and may reduce heart disease deaths. Policies that improve environmental factors also can improve cardiovascular health among a diverse population.

LSU health team wins Best 2020 Radiology Image award

(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) AuntMinnie.com awarded Bradley Spieler, MD, Vice Chairman of Radiology Research and Associate Professor of Radiology, and Emma R. Schachner, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy, at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, the 2020 Best Radiology Image for their COVID-19 lung model project.