February 2016

New Product Cuts Infection Rate of HIV by 30 Percent

Cartoon of doctor holding chalkboard reading "HIV"

Two studies presented at Boston's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections last week suggest that a new product may help stop the spread of HIV, according to Boston Magazine

A vaginal ring has been developed that continuously releases the drug dapivirine for four weeks, and both studies showed a reduced incidence of HIV by approximately 30 percent. 

New Discovery About Scorpion Stings Could Lead to New Ways to Treat Them

Front on view of a scorpion

According to Popular Science scorpion stings kill about 3,000 people per year, but new research recently published in Nature Communications examines how the toxins scorpion venom contain affect the body on the molecular level, which could potentially lead to a new form of treatment. 

Discovery of Gravitational Waves Fulfills Last Prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

Black hole

On Thursday, February 11 a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The waves came from two black holes circling each other, coming closer and closer together, and ultimately colliding. The team of scientists was able to collect a faint rising tone, which physicists say is the first direct evidence of gravitational waves.