March 2013

Blood-Brain Barrier a Myth?

blood brain

Our bodies contain bacteria all over- our guts, feet, mouth, hands.  The one place bacteria shouldn't be however, is in our brains.

Recently, scientists discovered our brains may in fact, not be the inpenetrable fortress they once believed it to be.

A team of researchers in Canada have discovered evidence that suggests that a specific type of bacteria usually seen in soil may be in some of our brains.

Whiz Kid Grows Algae Under Bed & Wins $100,000 Intel Science Prize

Intel Science Contest, Sara Volz, Algae Invention, Microscopes, flasks, TheLabWorldGroup

Last week a Colorado Springs high school senior won first prize and $100,000 at the Intel Science Talent Search for her experiment of growing populations of algae under her loft bed.  The contestant Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs researched ways to create populations of algae cells wit

Local Bay State Start-Up Teaches Children Importance of Cultivating Gardens & Good Nutritional Habits

The Green Dragons, Green Dragons Boston, Bay State Start-Up, Teaching Children Good Eating Habits, Planting Veggies, Urban Gardens

The Green Dragons project seeks to address the problems of diet-related diseases and poor fitness in our youth by combining food and martial arts education.  Gardening lessons paired with the physical and mental training of martial arts provide young people with tools for a life-long practice of personal and community empowerment.  In an era where low-quality, mass-produced food is a threat to our well

Mice on Ice

TRPM8, University of California, David McKemy, mice on ice, pain medications

Wouldn't it be nice to not feel that blistering cold outside today?  That day may be closer than you think.  Recently, a group of neuroscientists at the University of California identified the neurons that transmit the sensation of cold.  They were then able to shut off these transmitters in a group of adult mice.