Reducing Indoor Air Pollution With Houseplants – Headline Science

Indoor air pollution in your home or office can cause health issues like dizziness, asthma, or allergies. The most common solution is to install ventilation systems. But researchers may have found a cheaper, simpler option to remove indoor air pollutants: houseplants. Vadoud Niri, the leader of study, explains that buildings can have high levels of so-called volatile organic […]

Altering the Immune System to Reverse Paralysis in Mice – Headline Science

In the ultimate betrayal, one’s own immune system can turn against the protective sheath that envelops neurons in the brain, leaving the body paralyzed. Researchers have developed an experimental treatment that tames the wayward immune system in rodents, returning the power of movement to paralyzed mice. The approach may someday combat autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and […]

Getting the Chemistry Right on Breaking Bad – Bytesize Science

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the phenomenon known as AMC’s Breaking Bad. Well we got the chance to sit down with Donna Nelson, a chemistry consultant for the show to find out a few things. Before we get to her, here’s a few things you need to know. Walter White is a high […]

Detecting Fake Drugs With A Piece Of Paper – Headline Science

Every year, fake or substandard medications kill more than 300,000 people worldwide. Many of these falsified drugs are dispensed in developing countries, where they can either directly harm users or deprive them of needed treatment. Some estimates suggest that up to 30 percent of medications available in these countries contain substandard ingredients. Often, these fake medications are bulked […]

Repairing the Heart with Hydrogels – Headline Science

After a heart attack, damage to the body doesn’t stop after the crushing pain fades. The heart’s walls thin out, scar tissue forms, and patients can eventually experience heart failure, a condition affecting more than five million Americans. But scientists now report they have developed gels that, in animal tests, can be injected into the heart to strengthen […]

Why Do Rocks the Size of Cars Suddenly Break From Cliffs?

– Holy crap, holy crap. In Yosemite Valley, rockfalls like this one can happen every 4-5 days, where boulders that can be larger than your average car or apartment building thunder down steep mountainsides. Greg stock is a geomorphologist who works alongside USGS engineer Brian Collins. Using a combination of high-res photography, LiDAR, aerial surveillance, and 3D modeling, […]

Hair Strands Could Reveal Lifestyle Secrets of Suspects – Headline Science

In the world of forensics, hair fiber analysis has a questionable past. Once a mainstay of criminal investigations, critics have argued that hair analysis is subjective and experts have overstated its reliability. Forensic investigators still collect hair samples but rarely use them anymore instead relying on DNA. Glen Jackson and his team from West Virginia University are working […]