Science & Technology

Cataract complications afflict Ebola survivors

November 2, 2017

Between 2014 and 2016, an epidemic of Ebola swept across West Africa, infecting over 28,600 people and leaving over 10,000 dead. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the epidemic was primarily located, the disease left behind around 17,000 survivors. ...

Video game players show higher learning abilities

October 19, 2017

A video game obsession is the bane for many parents who wish their child would focus more on their schoolwork, chores or other responsibilities. Traditionally, video games have been linked to lower productivity levels in adolescents.

The study showed that gamers are better at analyzing situations quickly.

Mosquito gut microbes can eradicate malaria

October 19, 2017

In a new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, microbiologists genetically modified mosquitoes to be more resistant to Plasmodium, the parasite that causes malaria, by changing the composition of the mosquitoes’ gut bacteria.

Mosquitoes have been genetically modified to be Plasmodium resistant.

Report shows that one in four Americans are obese

October 19, 2017

According to a recent report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), America’s obesity rate has once again reached an all-time high. The report was published by statisticians last week and demonstrates that nearly four in ten American adults have body mass indexes (BMIs) in the obese range.

The CDC attributes the increasing obesity trend to unhealthy eating.

The fungus Fusarium wilt is killing off the Cavendish variety of banana in Australia and Asia.

Most popular banana species may soon be extinct

October 19, 2017

Can you imagine heading over to a nearby grocery store to pick up some items and being unable to find a banana? Today the banana is one of the most common fruits purchased by consumers. In particular, the Cavendish variety, which is curved and yellow, makes up almost 100 percent of all marketed bananas in the United States.