Hearing Impossible—Not for Long!!

Hearing Impossible—Not for Long!!

Hearing loss is something that mature individuals, notice I didn’t say old, will most likely have to deal with.  As we age tiny structures in our ears called hair cells will be lost, resulting in not being able to hear certain sounds or differentiate between words like cat and bat. Try to imagine a bottle […]

Sea otters helped by artificial clams

Sea otters helped by artificial clams

In the last five years, 24 sea otters have stranded and died in the Monterey Bay area. Veterinarians noticed a strange yellow coloration to the animals, so they performed necropsies and determined that the cause of death was something pretty unexpected- microcystin. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin produced by algae, and because it’s generally found in […]

Octopuses are awesome. See why …

Octopuses are awesome. See why …

Octopuses are pretty awesome. Not only can they camouflage themselves by changing colors and imitating other animals to blend into their surroundings, but they can teach researchers about the brain’s ability to store and recall memories. Studying the octopus has led to new understanding of linguistics (ever wonder what an octopus and your tongue have […]

More Studies Support Oxytocin and Social Interactions

More Studies Support Oxytocin and Social Interactions

A couple of months ago, I wrote about an oxytocin nose spray that could be used to help those with autism during social interactions.  I find this interesting because my youngest son, Cody, is autistic.  He would rather watch wheels spin all day by himself than interact with other children. Social interactions are interesting to me […]

Mutant sleepy flies

Mutant sleepy flies

Sleep deprived mutant flies. Sounds a little like a sci-fi horror movie from the 1950s, right? In fact, they’re very real! Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania, have identified a type of fruit fly with a genetic mutation that results in the flies being chronically sleep deprived. They identified this type by evaluating […]

Skin Grafts: New Adhesive On the Horizon

Skin Grafts: New Adhesive On the Horizon

What you may not know – my husband, Joe, was hit by an enemy grenade while serving in Iraq which destroyed his right leg.  We tried every option available to save his leg and heal his wounds.  One of his worst wounds was a hole that exposed the bones in his foot.  He had a […]