Science To Life

Karen Ventii

Nicholas Carr set out to explore how the ubiquity of text on the Internet is affecting our brains, after realizing that his increased Internet use may be affecting his ability to concentrate on reading long, detailed texts. His essay is published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic “Over the past few years I’ve had…

The question was asked by a Science To Life reader using the “Make a Request” icon. He asked: I am interested in how bacon impacts the body. Is it filling because it has fat that is useful for delaying hunger and quelling the appetite? Is it not damaging because of nitrates or nitrates used in…

Clifford S. Mintz Ph.D., author of Bio Job Blog, writes about a study suggesting that artificial sweeteners may cause people to gain rather than lose weight. Like Cliff, I had heard reports of this but never paid much attention. Although the study was published several months ago, I recently became interested in it because I…

The Science of Sarcasm

A new study aimed at confirming the region of the brain that is important in detecting sarcasm may open the door for new diagnostic tools in detecting mental illness, according to an article in The New York Times.

I recently teamed up with Hitt Medical Writing, LLC to bring you science/medical writing jobs (see the new section of the sidebar). Hitt Medical Writing is a company that provides solutions to industries in the life sciences, including continuing medical education, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies. Company founder, Emma Hitt Ph.D., produces “The HittList”TM, a free…

Google Health

Google Health, the latest service from Google, was recently launched as a beta version. Online personal health services have been around for a while (including Revolution Health and Microsoft’s HealthVault) but here’s what Google says is different about theirs:

There may soon be a new (more eco-friendly) option in funeral services: dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the residue down the drain. Lye is an alkaline chemical also known as sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and the process of using it to dissolve certain substances is called alkaline hydrolysis. Alkaline hydrolysis has actually been around for…

Seed Magazine editors, now hard at work on the next issue, want to see the typical or not-so-typical places where our bloggers (and their readers) do science. For the chance to get your scientific work space featured in Seed, please send a photo of it to art@seedmediagroup.com by Tuesday, May 13th at 5:00pm EST. Please…

TechPedia Atlanta

I recently started writing for a new website called TechPedia Atlanta which will launch in Summer 2008. TechPedia Atlanta is a wiki-style site that will let anyone create or edit encyclopedic entries about the Atlanta technology scene. I like the idea of an Atlanta-centric technology site because the city has a burgeoning biotech industry that…

India will account for approximately 60% of heart disease cases worldwide within two years, according to new research published in the journal Lancet. The study, led by Dr Denis Xavier of St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore and other researchers from Canada says one major problem is that Indians are unable to…