Scientists in Brazil advise pregnant women against kissing anyone showing symptoms but others believe virus may behave more like dengue fever
The discovery of the Zika virus in saliva has sparked disagreement among Brazilian scientists about whether pregnant women should be advised to avoid kissing anyone showing possible symptoms.
The Fiocruz research institute in Rio de Janeiro said on Friday they had identified live samples of Zika in saliva and urine, which merited further research into whether these two fluids could be a source of contagion.Continue reading...
Columbia courts philanthropic benefactors to support research in impacts and adaptation.
Nature 530 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19260
First proposed by Musk in 2013, the Hyperloop could transport commuters at about 700 miles per hour.
When it comes to cooling hot computer servers, Microsoft says it's found an underwater remedy to lower costs and increase efficiency.
A preliminary investigation into the massive die-off of common murres, one of the Northern Hemisphere's most abundant seabirds, off Alaska's coast is revealing gaps in basic information on North Pacific waters and the wildlife that inhabit them.
Study into risk of long-term brain damage will monitor team before and after matches, as fears over concussion grow for rugby and American NFL players
When the Six Nations tournament and the Super Bowl kickthis weekend, a new set of fans will be watching with more than usual interest. They will be doctors and scientists with a special interest in head injury: not just any old concussion, but the kind of long-term damage that might follow the repetitive collisions characteristic these energetic contact sports.
In a three-year research programme in partnership with Saracens rugby club, scientists will take samples of blood, saliva and urine before and after matches, and players will be fitted with accelerometer patches to provide a measure of any impact their bodies – and in particular, their heads – may have registered.Continue reading...
Medical researchers often use race to define health risks. But a geneticist and a sociologist say racial categories don't accurately reflect who people are, and that science has to change.
Scientists have just named a new species of tarantula after Johnny Cash. What other pop legends have received similar taxonomic treatment?
The act of naming a new species is a chance for a taxonomist to get creative. An opportunity to make a mark, perhaps even to draw the spotlight of public attention into a musty basement and onto a draw of neatly pinned-out specimens. If this is the goal, then one of the best ways to do this is to name your species after a famous human. That way, newspapers and magazines, blogs and social media might end up talking about the discovery.Continue reading...