The Science Word – Episode #4

August 8th, 2008

Alzheimer’s drug ‘halts’ decline – A drug called Rember showed promise in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bees join hunt for serial killers
– Scientists in England are tracking bumblebees in order to understand serial killers.

Gene flaws link to schizophrenia
– Researchers have uncovered several genes involved in schizophrenia, but say predicting the disease from genetics will never be very likely.

Vitamin C jabs may combat cancer – Vitamin C injected into rats given aggressive human cancers by researchers was found to slow tumor growth. That doesn’t mean it’s proven to work in people yet.

Hungry seals ‘steer by the stars’ – Researchers taught seals how to use stars to navigate, and think they might do it naturally in the wild.

‘Fitness pill’ being developed – Mice given a new drug called AICAR ran 44% further on a treadmill without any training. Mice given GW1516 ran 77% longer with training than undoped mice. Athletes will be tested for the use of these drugs.

World’s smallest snake discovered – Barbados is the home of the world’s smallest snake.

SpaceX launch fails a third time – The SpaceX rocket, Falcon 1, failed its third attempt to reach orbit.

Firm claims first pet dog clones – A former beauty queen from California cloned her pet pitbull, named Booger, in South Korea. It made her happy.

Pet dogs can ‘catch’ human yawns – Dogs can catch a human yawn.

2 Responses to “The Science Word – Episode #4”

  1. John Roberts on August 9, 2008 5:44 am

    I *LOVE* the Science Word… great series and it’s wonderful to see your personality shine through.

    Thanks for doing these!


  2. GR on August 11, 2008 1:01 pm

    I’m no dog but, i cought the Yawn too, can i give it back.

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