Archive for the ‘Biology’ Category

Aflatoxin, an Aspergillus toxin

What is Aflatoxin? Aflatoxin is a type of mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus. Aspergillus is found on soil, decaying vegetation, dirt, hay, and on rotten grain products. Then it invades organic substrates when favorable conditions for its growth are reached. That will include increased temperature and increased moisture content. Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus are the […]

Liver Regeneration Using Lymph Nodes

Liver diseases pose a major impediment of achievement of societal wellness in the contemporary society. Prevalence of liver diseases have left liver patients with little if any chances of survival. As an ailing liver is often covered by damaged tissue, healthy tissues are prevented from their functional operations in a body. The situation is aggravated […]

Germany: a laboratory for green growth

Environmental pollution is one of the major concerns for both developed and developing countries. Industrialization is associated with pollution where there is emission of waste gases as well as other waste products that degrade the environment. The fight to have a pollution free environment has been quite tough and many nations have been struggling to […]

The tricky task of counting bats

Near the town of Wee Jasper, about one hour from Canberra, there is a cave. For a few months a year, this cave fills with bats as they give birth and raise their young. Scientists would love to know how many bats are in the cave, but it turns out that counting these bats isn’t […]

A Surprising Threshold for Seabird Survival

Seabirds give us immense pleasure when we visit the regions where they frequent during their breeding seasons. However, their numbers are getting less by the day because of the same creatures that enjoy the scene – the humans. Unfortunately, fishing for human consumption is taking off a big slice from the seabirds’ staple diet – […]

Scientists Program Cells to Create New Life Forms

Scientists at the University of Nottingham are attempting to create re-programmable cells inspired by computer operating systems. The research goes beyond the traditional scope of biological inquiry, understanding how living organisms work, to create new biological systems not found in nature. The project combines the expertise of scientists in a number of different specialties. An […]

Earth has over 8.7 million living species

Hard-working scientists have finally been able to unlock one of the greatest enigmas of the Earth. Having gone back to the drawing board and poured through extensive research, they are now able to point out exactly how many species are living upon the planet. From the animals and insects sharing the shrinking space of the […]

How Bees See Their Way Home?

A new study was released that helps to shed light on the way honeybees find their way back to the hive. In the study it was discovered that honeybees are able to rely on landmarks as well as the position of the sun to find their way home again. Bees leave the hive in order […]

Redefining the kilogram

We use kilograms to measure how much things weigh. But how much is a kilogram, anyway? There is only one object in the world that weighs exactly one kilogram. It is a cylinder of metal locked away in a cabinet in France. Standards labs from around the world take copies of this kilogram, and use […]