August 2015

Protein that makes fireflies glow could assist in medical diagnosis

In a study recently published in Nature Communications, a group of Swiss scientists have found a way to use luciferase

In a study recently published in Nature Communications, a group of Swiss scientists have found a way to use luciferase - the protein that makes fireflies glow - to potentially detect cancer and other diseases.  Scientists took the protein and added a chemcial tag that causes it to glow when it attaches to another target module, such as a tumor. Because the light would be visible to the naked eye, this would greatly decrease diagnostic time and cost. 

Sarcasm - a Catalyst for Creativity

While sarcasm tends to get a bad rap, a team of researchers from Harvard, Columbia and INSEAD business schools recently released a study highlighting some overlooked psychological and organizational benefits of sarcasm

While sarcasm tends to get a bad rap, a team of researchers from Harvard, Columbia and INSEAD business schools recently released a study highlighting some overlooked psychological and organizational benefits of sarcasm. Published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes the study states that general forms of sarcarm promote creativty in both the expresser (the person being sarcastic) and the recipient (the listener).

Ants Self-Medicate by Ingesting Typically Toxic Foods

Although hydrogren peroxide is typically toxic for ants to ingest, it might just be the saving grace for those infected with a life-threatening fungal disease

Although hydrogren peroxide is typically toxic for ants to ingest, it might just be the saving grace for those infected with a life-threatening fungal disease. 

Ants, like many other insects that live in social colonies, are particularly at risk to parasite infections and fungal disease due to their low genetic diversity, high density, and the hot and humid conditions found in their nests. 

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