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

A new study confirms directly what scientists previously knew only indirectly: The poisonous “rotten egg” gas hydrogen sulfide, which plays a role in cardiovascular health, is generated by our body's growing cells.

Study finds that newlyweds who are satisfied with marriage are more likely to gain weight

Andrea Meltzer, newlyweds, weight gain, SMUOn average, young newlyweds who are satisfied with their marriage gain weight in the early years after they exchange vows. That's the finding of a new study on marital satisfaction and weight gain, according to psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, lead researcher and assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds

Fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Researchers in the lab of SMU biologist Johannes Bauer found that fruit flies raised on organic foods performed better on a variety of health tests. The flies on organic diets showed improvements on the most significant measures of health, namely fertility and longevity.

White dwarf supernovae are discovered in Virgo Cluster galaxy and in sky area “anonymous”

Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova by SMU researchers. A supernova discovered Feb. 6 exploded about 450 million years ago, and a second supernova discovered Nov. 20 exploded about 230 million years ago.

Study finds Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants

In modern ecosystems, animals flourish amid lush vegetation. An SMU study examines whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. “The assumption has been that ancient ecosystems worked just like our modern ecosystems,” says SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers. “We wanted to see if this was, in fact, the case.”

100 million-year-old coelacanth discovered in Texas is new fish species from Cretaceous

A new species of coelacanth fish has been discovered in Texas. Pieces of tiny fossil skull found in Fort Worth have been identified as 100 million-year-old coelacanth bones. The new species is the youngest coelacanth to be discovered in Texas, and the only coelacanth discovered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas frontier scientists who uncovered state’s fossil history had role in epic Bone Wars

In the late 1800s, furious fossil speculation across the American West escalated into a high-profile national feud called the Bone Wars.

Human diabetes has new research tool: Overfed fruit flies that develop insulin resistance

Johannes Bauer, SMU, fruit flies, diabetesWith Type 2 human diabetes climbing at alarming rates in the United States, researchers are seeking treatments for the disease, which has been linked to obesity and poor diet. Now biologists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, report they have developed a new discovery tool that will help researchers better understand this deadly disease.

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