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Comments of the Week #174: from growing black holes to nuclear bombs

Comments of the Week #174: from growing black holes to nuclear bombs“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”...

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Attempts to save Houston's bats

Attempts to save Houston's batsBy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsGot bugs? Get a bat. As...

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The Great Pacific Invasion

The Great Pacific InvasionWhen the big tsunami hit Japan in 2011, many objects were washed out to sea. This flotsam provided for a giant "rafting event." A rafting event is when animals, plants, etc....

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Don't Teach Your Kids to Attack the Planet

Don't Teach Your Kids to Attack the PlanetLife has been growing on Earth for about 4 billion years, and during that time there have been a handful of mass extinctions that have wiped out a large...

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CRISPR Immune Cells Not Only Survive, They Thrive After Infusion Into Cancer...

CRISPR Immune Cells Not Only Survive, They Thrive After Infusion Into Cancer PatientsIn the first-ever (sanctioned) investigational use of multiple edits to the human genome, a study found that cells...

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Coronavirus Is Not Passed From Mother to Child Late In Pregnancy

Coronavirus Is Not Passed From Mother to Child Late In PregnancyAfter a newborn (born to a mother infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing positive for COVID-19 infection...

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The Biology Of Why Coronavirus Is So Deadly

The Biology Of Why Coronavirus Is So DeadlyCOVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses belong to a group of viruses that infect animals, from peacocks to whales. They’re named...

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The Yeast All Around Us

The Yeast All Around UsWith people confined to their homes, there is more interest in home-baked bread than ever before. And that means a lot of people are making friends with yeast for the first time....

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Appreciating van Leeuwenhoek: The Cloth Merchant Who Discovered Microbes

Appreciating van Leeuwenhoek: The Cloth Merchant Who Discovered MicrobesImagine trying to cope with a pandemic like COVID-19 in a world where microscopic life was unknown. Prior to the 17th century,...

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Genetically Rescued Organism: Toward A Solution For Sudden Oak Death

Genetically Rescued Organism: Toward A Solution For Sudden Oak DeathSudden oak death, caused by the pathogen Phythophthora ramorum, is one of the most ecologically devastating forest diseases in North...

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