ALL POSTS BY Allan Adamson

Can Giving Alcohol To Your Teens Teach Them To Drink Responsibly?

Many parents give alcohol to their teenagers in the hope that this would teach them alcohol responsibility. Researchers followed nearly 2,000 teenagers to find out if the practice can indeed protect kids from binge drinking.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 26, 2018

Swatting Mosquitoes Teaches Them To Avoid You: Study

Mosquitoes can distinguish the scent of hosts that exhibit defensive behaviors such as swatting. Understanding the behavior of these pesky pests has important implications in mosquito control to fight Zika, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Animals January 26, 2018

Dog Almost Died From Skin Burns Caused By Human Hair Dye

A Maltese mix was badly injured from the hair coloring product her previous owner used on her fur. Here's why human hair dye should not be used on pet animals.

Feature | Health January 26, 2018

Smoking Just 1 Cigarette A Day Can Raise Heart Disease Risk

Light smokers and those who smoke occasionally still carry substantial risk of suffering from heart disease and stroke. Experts recommend to stop smoking. Does this mean that smoking down is useless?

Public Health January 25, 2018

Chemical Imbalance In Planet's Atmosphere May Indicate Hidden Alien Life

Chemical combinations in the atmosphere may hint of biological activity on other planets. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope may detect these biosignatures and help astronomers in their quest for life outside Earth.

Space January 25, 2018

Epilepsy Drug With Marijuana-Based Ingredient Could Be Available In The US This Year

A clinical trial involving 171 patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome showed GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex can reduce seizures. What are the side effects of this marijuana-based drug?

Medicine January 25, 2018

Scientists Reconstruct Face Of Teen Who Lived 9,000 Years Ago

The reconstructed face of Avgi, or Dawn, a female teen who lived in Greece at the end of the Mesolithic period shows a scowling expression. Why does she have an angry face?

Ancient January 25, 2018

Diabetes Patients May Soon Monitor Their Blood Sugar Using This Smart Contact Lens

Researchers in South Korea developed a sugar-sensing contact lens that they predict would be available in 5 years for diabetes patients. What makes this device different from other smart contact lens?

Medicine January 24, 2018

Vaping E-Cigarettes Can Be Good Or Bad Depending On Your Age

A NAS report that looked into the impact of e-cigarettes on public health found that the vaping devices are either harmful or beneficial depending on the user's age. At what age is using e-cigarettes a bad idea?

Public Health January 24, 2018

New Population Of Extremely Rare Walking Fish Found In Tasmania

The red handfish is a rare species of fish that can walk on the seafloor using modified fins. Their number, originally thought to be between 20 and 40, has doubled after the discovery of a second colony.

Animals January 24, 2018

Curry Ingredient Curcumin May Improve Mood And Memory In Just 18 Months

Curcumin, an ingredient found in Indian curry, were linked to improvements in memory and mood of participants in an 18-month study. Those who consumed curcumin also showed less signals of tau and amyloid, proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 24, 2018

Federal Judge Rules 11-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Can Bring Medical Marijuana To School

Ashley Surin is now back in school. She was earlier prohibited from attending class because she uses a prescribed marijuana patch and cannabis lotion. Can school staff help her with her medication?

Feature | Health January 23, 2018

Fifth Grader Hands Out Gummy Bears Laced With Marijuana Chemical THC

A fifth-grade student shared THC-infused gummy bears to fourth graders at a New Mexico elementary school. School officials realized these were not ordinary candies after the children fell ill and they saw a box labeled 'Incredibles.'

Public Health January 22, 2018

Oolitic Limestones Used To Build Pentagon, Empire State Building Are Made Of Dinosaur-Era Microbes

The Pentagon, Empire State Building, and the Buckingham Palace used oolitic limestones as building materials. Researchers revealed these stones were made of microbes dating back from the Jurassic Period.

Feature | Science January 22, 2018

DNA Test Shows 'Two Brothers' Egyptian Mummies Had The Same Mother But Different Fathers

Findings of DNA analyses confirmed earlier suspicions about the 'Two brothers' Egyptian mummies housed at the Manchester Museum. TestS revealed they were just half brothers.

Ancient January 19, 2018

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid To Fly By Close To Earth Next Month

A massive asteroid NASA labeled as 'potentially hazardous' is set to fly by Earth on Feb. 4. What can happen if a space rock as big as AJ129 strikes our planet?

Space January 17, 2018

World's Biggest Air Purifier: China Builds Tower Taller Than Statue Of Liberty To Combat Pollution

The Xian tower, dubbed as the world's biggest air purifier, was built in China's Shaanxi province to combat air quality. How does it work to improve air quality?

Earth/Environment January 17, 2018

People Born Before 1968 More At Risk Of Deady Aussie Flu: H3N2 Virus Symptoms To Watch Out For

Age is a risk factor for H3N2. Hospitalization rates are higher for people between 55 and 64 years old. What should older people do to protect themselves from Aussie flu virus?

Public Health January 15, 2018

Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

An AI algorithm can convert the vocalizations of prairie dogs into English. Now, animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is working on a pet translator that can translate a dog's barks into human language. When will this device become available?

Animals January 15, 2018

Asia's Smallest Surviving Baby Was Born Weighing Less Than A Chocolate Bar

Manushi was born weighing only 400 grams and her feet were only slightly bigger than a fingernail. On Thursday, the now 6-month old baby was finally discharged from the hospital.

Feature | Health January 13, 2018

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