Plants & Animals

Mosquito indexing system identifies best time to act against potential West Nile Virus outbreaks

Mosquito biting 400x300Researchers who analyzed a decade of data related to West Nile Virus and, in particular, the 2012 West Nile epidemic in Dallas County, have identified important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention.

The analysis found that the epidemics begin early, after unusually warm winters and are often in similar geographical locations. Continue reading

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Chemical probe confirms that body makes its own rotten egg gas, H2S, to benefit health

H2S 220x180A new study confirms directly what scientists previously knew only indirectly: The poisonous “rotten egg” gas hydrogen sulfide is generated by our body’s growing cells.

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, in small amounts plays a role in cardiovascular health. In the new study, chemists developed a chemical probe that reacts and lights up when live human cells generate hydrogen sulfide, says SMU’s Alexander R. Lippert. Continue reading

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Fox News: Oldest dinosaur embryos ever discovered?

dinosaur-eggs-theropod-nest_220-240Science news reporter Stephanie Pappas covered the research of SMU Earth Sciences doctoral student Ricardo Araújo, “ Oldest dinosaur embryos ever discovered?.”

Araújo published new findings in his scientific paper published May 30 in the journal Nature, “Filling the gaps of dinosaur eggshell phylogeny: Late Jurassic Theropod clutch with embryos from Portugal.” Continue reading

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National Geographic: Dinosaur Eggs Are Missing Link In Egg Evolution

dinosaur-eggs-theropod-nest_220-240National Geographic reporter Jane J. Lee covered the research of SMU Earth Sciences doctoral student Ricardo Araújo, lead author on a scientific paper published May 30 in the journal Nature.

Araújo describes a nest of 150-million-year-old dinosaur eggs discovered in Portugal, considered to be the first eggs and embryonic material of the Jurassic’s gigantic megalosaurid theropod Torvosaurus. Continue reading

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The Sydney Morning Herald: Flying in the face of the organic debate

Sydney Herald, Bauer, Chhabra, SMU, fruit flies, organicLife & Style reporter Sarah Berry with The Sydney Morning Herald has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra. The article published April 25, “Flying in the face of the organic debate.”
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New York Times: Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly

15well_fly-articleInlineNew York Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer.

The article on the New York Times Wellness blog covers the research of Bauer and Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra. It appeared April 17, “Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly.” Continue reading

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Le Journal de la Science: Et si manger bio était bel et bien meilleur pour la santé?

Bauer, Chhabra, SMU, biology, fruit flies, organicScience journalist Alain Tranet writing in the Paris-based science publication Le Journal de la Science has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra. The article, “Et si manger bio était bel et bien meilleur pour la santé?,” published April 3.
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Fast Company: Organic Food Will Make You Live Longer And Be More Fertile (If You’re A Fly)

bauer, fruit flies, organic diet, fertility, longevityJournalist Ariel Schwartz has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer on Fast Company’s Co.Exist web site.

The article, which covers the research of Bauer and Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra, appeared April 1, “Organic Food Will Make You Live Longer And Be More Fertile (If You’re A Fly).” Continue reading

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MNN: Organic food is good for flies, study finds

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The Mother Nature Network covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra in its March 27, 2013, article “Organic food is good for flies, study finds.” Continue reading

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