Science is what this world is wholly comprised of. Our thoughts, our actions, and everything else is determined by the uniform laws of science. Science is, naturally, the most vital field of study as this world works on the principles of science, and its significance reaches new levels when people’s anxiety forces them to derive conclusions on a logical basis. Students these days are not supposed to roam about all working hours in search of the best reputed science-centered institutions. They can easily look for the online science degrees which bestow an enormously promising career. Here is a list of online science degrees that canRead More →

People experiencing migraines often avoid light and find relief in darkness. A new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has revealed a previously unknown connection between the light-sensitive nerve cells in the eye and centers in the brain that regulate mood and a host of physical parameters such as heart rate, shortness of breath, fatigue, congestion and nausea. The findings, which explain how light can induce the negative emotions and unpleasant physical sensations that often accompany migraine, were published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “While studying the effects of color on headache intensity,Read More →

The online resource for teachers, students and science lovers, Scitable, now offers a mobile version of its social networking website. Going mobile does require the Scitable website developers and content providers to adjust certain applications and resources to work properly in a mobile environment. It takes a concerted effort to ensure that no matter whether the website user is using a computer or a mobile device that they have access to rich content and applications to help promote their science learning. While an iPad user essentially accesses the same online website that any user would access, the added advantages for iPad users include videos, audioRead More →

A research team has successfully used magnets implanted behind a person’s eyes to treat nystagmus, a condition characterised by involuntary eye movements. The case study, published in Ophthalmology and led by UCL and University of Oxford academics, described the implantation of a newly developed set of magnets in the socket beneath each eye of one patient with nystagmus. It’s the first description of a successful use of an oculomotor prosthesis, or an implant that controls eye movement.“Our study opens a new field of using magnetic implants to optimise the movement of body parts,” said Dr Parashkev Nachev (UCL Institute of Neurology), the lead author ofRead More →

Japanese students have been scoring lower on standardized tests than their counterparts from South Korea and Hong Kong. In response to this, Japan is lengthening the textbooks that students will use to study. One of the textbooks that will see the biggest increase in the number of pages is science textbooks. While the average length of a Japanese textbook is 4,900 pages, the average number of pages is expected to go to about 6,100 pages. Science and math textbooks are expected to see 60 percent more pages than textbooks in English, history and other subject areas. A similar debate took place in the United States,Read More →

Cooperative learning has proven through various studies to be an effective way to teach students a variety of subjects, including science. In case you are not familiar with the teaching method, it requires you to assemble students into small groups, typically with three to five members in each group. The group assemble requires you to mix students up that have different abilities in order to maximize the learning potential of the group. In other word, don’t put all of the A students together in one group and the F students together. Rather assemble the groups with some A, B, C, D and F students. TheRead More →

A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world’s water. This novel, non-hazardous photocatalytic material effectively removes dye pollutants from water, adsorbing more than 90 % of the dye and enhancing the rate of dye breakdown by almost ten times using visible light. The researchers, led by Dr. Charles W. Dunnill and Dr. Daniel Jones at the Energy Safety Research Institute in Swansea University, reported theirRead More →

When organic chemists identify a useful chemical compound — a new drug, for instance — it’s up to chemical engineers to determine how to mass-produce it. There could be 100 different sequences of reactions that yield the same end product. But some of them use cheaper reagents and lower temperatures than others, and perhaps most importantly, some are much easier to run continuously, with technicians occasionally topping up reagents in different reaction chambers. Historically, determining the most efficient and cost-effective way to produce a given molecule has been as much art as science. But MIT researchers are trying to put this process on a moreRead More →

Whenever I listen to debates regarding the ethics and scientific value of animal experiments for medical progress, the justification tends to rely on historical rather than scientific reasoning: Because animals were used in the past, they remain necessary. The end. A recent report by the European Union Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) – commissioned to examine whether there is still a need for monkeys and other non-human primates in research – is a case in point. Although the report sets out some potential avenues for reducing primate use, it ultimately concludes that there is still a need to use these animalsRead More →

Using health records, Stanford researchers developed an algorithm for scoring the risk of a stroke patient experiencing a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation, a major risk factor for a second stroke. One stroke is dangerous, and a second, even more so. One important risk factor for that perilous second stroke is an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation. If doctors could identify the stroke patients who are most likely to experience atrial fibrillation, they could start treatments that would help prevent a second stroke. But which stroke patients are at risk for the condition has been hard to predict without costly 24/7 monitoring forRead More →