Science from Away: Fountain of Youth?

  Paul Bert, who died in 1886 in Hanoi at the age of 53, was a Frenchman who wore many hats, varying from politician to scientist. He is best known for his understanding of life at both high pressure – he understood the malady that beset a person returning too quickly from the depths of [...]

Science from Away – We may be losing the war against disease causing bacteria.

On October 26, 2007 with the largest possible bold headline and a picture of a sweet-looking twelve year old boy, the New York Post informed its readers that: Superbug Kills NYC Kid. The story began right on the front page using words like “drug resistant” and “MRSA staph infection.” Seven years later, on December 4, 2014 the [...]

Science from Away: Short Science Stories

Science from Away: Short Science Stories     Research carried out in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho on pronghorns demonstrate what guys learn soon enough, in male female choices for mating, it is the female who does the choosing. However, there is a big difference between pronghorns, commonly know as [...]

Science from Away: How little we understand about pregnancy and birth.

  I can’t complain about my mother marrying too young (at nineteen) and then getting pregnant just about immediately, giving birth to me on April 6, 1937.  But my mother was forced, as was often the situation for young women in those days, by marriage and motherhood, to give up dreams that would have taken [...]

Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

  In 1964 a professor of entomology at Cornell University, Thomas Eisner, published an article in Science, in which he wrote: “Surely, a mint plant derives no benefit from an ability to stimulate cats!” He was addressing the remarkable response of cats to the odor of the catnip plant, Nepata cateria. They can’t seem to [...]