Latest science news snippets from Sciencebase
- Bee team funded by Bayer – It is revealed that the lead investigator in the study that recently published results suggesting that bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) is due to the combined effect of a virus and a fungus is funded by the insecticide company (Bayer). The researcher denies that this funding is connected to the research, it pays for other work, but you can't help but wonder whether there is a conflict of interest here.
- Who’s your favourite scientist? – Who's your favourite scientist? For me it has to be Feynman, although Faraday would be a close second, oh and perhaps Sagan, and then there's Curie, and Kroto…oh the list goes on…
- Definition of a chemistry research paper – I've revamped Chemspy.com and scheduled a few of the fabulous PeriodicVideos to appear there on Friday mornings.
- Alchemist chemistry news – In the first issue of 2011, the International Year of Chemistry and the centenary of Marie Curie's Nobel Chemistry Prize, The Alchemist discovers that the 2010 Nobel physics material might one day usurp silicon as the computer industry's material of choice. In medical news, stem cell research shows that despite their popular image as deleterious to health, reactive oxidizing species are essential to neuronal development and growth. In pharmaceutical news, we learn that a Trojan could defeat HIV and in biochemistry a putative pheromone in tears of sadness apparently stifles the male libido, although a lot more chemistry is needed before such a supposition is proven. Dioxins hit the tabloids at the beginning of January when contaminated fat in Germany destined for biofuel was revealed to have been used in chicken feed on German farms and subsequently led to the withdrawal of contaminated egg products from UK supermarket shelves. Finally, 2011, is the UN's International Year of Chemistry
- Whatever happened to global warming? – Well…it's very much still with us. 2010 is officially the hottest it's been on average across the globe since 2005…
- The flip side of H1N1 swine flu – Writing in the January issue of Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers from the University of Chicago and Emory University report on the recovery of people infected with pandemic H1N1. Their analysis of the data shows that those people had an extraordinary immune response that generated antibodies protective not only against pandemic H1N1, but against a variety of flu strains.