January 29, 2016
Can Yogurt Make You Happier?
If cultured yogurt can make a despondent mouse find the will to live, researchers are hoping that someday probiotics could possibly be a substitute for Prozac. As scientists gain insight into the role of our gut microbiome, they are finding more and more evidence of what’s been termed the “gut-brain axis” and its bidirectional … Read more
January 21, 2016
Will We Conquer the Superbugs?
This week comes news of a new drug refined through a novel process of isolating and growing bacteria. The drug, called teixobactin, marks an entirely new class of antibiotics developed from a method called iChip, which may fundamentally change the way we discover new antimicrobials. The announcement has some scientists speculating that we could succeed in efforts to fight the emerging plague … Read more
January 13, 2016
Do You Really Know Where You’ve Come From?
It’s common for most of us to know where our grandparents and great-grandparents were born and raised. But go back a few more generations and things get a bit murky. Less so in England, where detailed birth and death records have been kept for hundreds of years. But what about before we started obsessively keeping … Read more
January 7, 2016
Want to Work Smarter? Understand Your Circadian Rhythm
What do we have in common with plants, fungi and cyanobacteria? The circadian rhythm, a built-in, 24 hour cycle that regulates our physiological functioning. Taken from the Latin circa meaning ‘around’ or ‘approximately’, and dies meaning ‘day’, all living things function under the influence of this internal clock. Though you may believe your circadian rhythm … Read more