Science http://wvasfm.org en Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally http://wvasfm.org/post/last-resort-antibiotics-jeopardy-use-rises-globally The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/issue/current">published</a> in <em>The Lancet Infectious </em><em>Disease,</em> comes from the first study to look at global antibiotic consumption in the 21st century. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:18:00 +0000 editor 51150 at http://wvasfm.org Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged http://wvasfm.org/post/user-friendly-gardening-system-plant-challenged Don't have a green thumb but seeking the therapeutic nature of gardening? Want the convenience and satisfaction of growing your own produce at home? Not to worry: All you need is an electrical outlet, a flat surface and some water.<p>Meet SproutsIO Inc., a "plug-and-play" user-friendly microfarming appliance for people to easily grow fresh fruits and veggies inside their home or office.<p>Here's how it works:<p>The system includes the appliance and seed cartridges. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 51140 at http://wvasfm.org A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged Physics Feels The Pull Of Nature's Biggest Mysteries http://wvasfm.org/post/crisis-or-challenge-physics-today It's common to hear that physics is in crisis; usually when some new mystery pops up or an unexpected event defies current theories. Without judging, I present a very incomplete list of a few of the challenges facing fundamental physics. Are they symptoms that we are going down the wrong path or, simply, business as usual? What do you think?<p><strong>1. <a href="http://www.space.com/20929-dark-energy.html">Dark Energy</a>:</strong> In 1998, two teams of astronomers discovered that the universe's expansion rate is faster than expected. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 51130 at http://wvasfm.org Physics Feels The Pull Of Nature's Biggest Mysteries Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://wvasfm.org/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 editor 51124 at http://wvasfm.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around http://wvasfm.org/post/tough-little-droplet-fights-stick-around <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbGz1njqhxU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtlgI34y3Wc</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 51094 at http://wvasfm.org A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wvasfm.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 51086 at http://wvasfm.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon http://wvasfm.org/post/engines-sputter-life-vintage-spacecraft-turns-toward-moon A gung-ho group of <a href="http://spacecollege.org/isee3/">space enthusiasts</a> has started the process of putting a vintage NASA spacecraft on a new flight path, so that this venerable piece of hardware will be able to do useful science once again.<p>The old spacecraft, called ISEE-3, launched back in August 1978. Its original job was to hang out between the Earth and the Sun and study their interactions. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 51084 at http://wvasfm.org As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox http://wvasfm.org/post/lab-fridge-unsettling-surprise-lost-vials-smallpox Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery last week as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities. The vials have since been transferred to a secure lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 51067 at http://wvasfm.org Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep http://wvasfm.org/post/plants-know-rhythm-caterpillars-creep According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 51068 at http://wvasfm.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad http://wvasfm.org/post/will-tech-tool-help-manage-older-peoples-health-ask-dad Aging 2.0 may not sound like the hippest start-up in San Francisco, but it's part of an industry worth $2 billion and growing fast — technology to help older adults.<p>Katy Fike, 35, is the company's co-founder. She's devoted to making sure that older adults who are supposed to use the products are involved in their development.<p>That's especially important, because the creators of tech startups tend to be much younger than the intended users of their products. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:45:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 51061 at http://wvasfm.org Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad