For all of the animal activists in the world, good news is coming down the scientific pipeline because human skins may soon replace the need for testing products on animals. In July of 2010, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is an organization that sets the guidelines on chemical safety for the 32 countries that fall under the group’s membership, OECD three laboratory grown human skins that can replace the need for animal testing. If you are not already in the know, the primary use of animal testing in the chemicals arena is to ensure that the chemicals used in common householdRead More →

Imagine going to the supermarket to stock up on groceries but coming home empty-handed because you just couldn’t figure out how to work the shopping cart or figure out how to get to the ice cream tubs in the freezer aisle. Welcome to the life of a bumblebee. Gathering sweet nectar from flowers, it turns out, is much more difficult than one might think, and it requires a lengthy learning process. By the time a bee has figured out how to efficiently pry open the lips of a snapdragon flower, for example, most likely it has made dozens, if not hundreds, of floral visits. HowRead More →

The Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the SETI Institute in Mountain View are working with the Shasta County Board of Education to bring a new science center and planetarium to Turtle Bay. The Turtle Bat development director, Bev Stupek says they are excited to explore the option of bringing science education to the community. While the concept is still in the discussion phase, the director of special projects for SETI, Karen Randall says she is seeking approval to move the collaboration to the next stage from the SETI board of directors. Since all three of the agencies have similar missions, it makes sense that theRead More →

When Mark Martindale decided to trace the evolutionary origin of muscle cells, like the ones that form our hearts, he looked in an unlikely place: the genes of animals without hearts or muscles. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the University of Florida scientist and colleagues found genes known to form hearts cells in humans and other animals in the gut of a muscle-less and heartless sea anemone. But the sea anemone isn’t just any sea creature. It has superpower-like abilities: Cut it into many pieces and each piece will regenerate into a new animal. SoRead More →

When male chimpanzees of the world’s largest known troop patrol the boundaries of their territory in Ngogo, Uganda, they walk silently in single file. Normally chimps are noisy creatures, but on patrol they’re hard-wired. They sniff the ground and stop to listen for sounds. Their cortisol and testosterone levels are jacked 25 percent higher than normal. Chances of contacting neighboring enemies are high: 30 percent. Ten percent of patrols result in violent fights where they hold victims down and bite, hit, kick and stomp them to death. The result? A large, safe territory rich with food, longer lives, and new females brought into the group.Read More →

Scientists, including Tina Weatherby with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), published a study wherein they reconstructed the skin of endangered green turtles, marking the first time that skin of a non-mammal was successfully engineered in a laboratory. In turn, the scientists were able to grow a tumor-associated virus to better understand certain tumor diseases. In an international collaboration led by the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists engineered turtle skin in order to grow a virus called chelonid herpesvirus 5 or ChHV5. ChHV5 is associated with fibropapillomatosis, known as FP, a tumor disease affecting green turtles worldwideRead More →