Posts by Joyce Gramza
Melanoma Detector

“Is that skin cancer?” Even experts can be confused by skin moles that might or might not be melanomas. But now diagnosing the aggressive skin cancer is about to become easier. As this ScienCentral News video explains, researchers have developed a new test for melanoma that could prevent it from being misdiagnosed.
Image courtesy: Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, UCSF

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Early Birds & Springtime

The sounds of birds chirping and fluttering outside your bedroom window are a welcome sign of spring, but scientists have evidence that suggests birds are nesting earlier due to global warming. And the harmful consequences aren’t just for the birds, as this ScienCentral video explains. [If you cannot see the flash video below, you can […]


Early Birds & Springtime

The sounds of birds chirping and fluttering outside your bedroom window are a welcome sign of spring, but scientists have evidence that suggests birds are nesting earlier due to global warming. And the harmful consequences aren’t just for the birds, as this ScienCentral video explains.


Biology Lessons of the Holocaust

A newly launched curriculum integrating study of the Holocaust with the science of DNA is a great free gift for teachers who believe in cross-curricular instruction but have few resources for practicing it.

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Diabetes Drug Linked To Alzheimer’s

Research published today is suggesting that a commonly prescribed drug to control blood sugar might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But, as this ScienCentral News video explains, it also suggests that using the drug in combination with insulin might reduce the risk.


Heart Attack Test

Researchers say they have a test that can tell if you’re having a heart attack in just minutes rather than the current test that takes hours. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, they discovered it by studying patients who need heart attacks.

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Red Sways Men

It may be that red is the color of Valentine’s Day because hearts are red. Or there may be more to it than that. Psychology researchers have found that the color red makes women more attractive to males.


Corn Ethanol Worse Than Gasoline, But Biomass OK

New research shows corn ethanol is more harmful to human health and the environment, while biofuels from non-food sources are less harmful to people and the planet.

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Violence Not What Attracts Video Gamers, Says Study

Just a few days after a U.S. congressman proposed legislation that would brand violent video games with a health warning, a new study, released today, shows that violence is not what attracts players. The research could be reassuring news for parents.


Mars Rover Anniversary 2009

It’s the fifth anniversary of NASA’s rover mission to Mars, but “Spirit” and “Opportunity” were only supposed to last three months. As the twin rovers emerge intact from yet another Martian winter, lead scientist Steve Squyres reflects on the incredible milestone, and the future.


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