Category: Health / Science

Harnessing black holes for energy

The reasons why black holes are such powerful energy sources Not that it’s possible yet anyway, but there’s lots of reasons why visiting a black hole is a very bad idea, and your chances of survival...

Some calories more harmful than others

While calories from any food have the potential to increase the risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases, 22 nutrition researchers agree that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems. The...

A gut bacterium’s guide to building a microbiome

The mammalian gut is warm, moist, and incredibly nutrient-rich—an environment that is perfect for bacterial growth. The communities of “good bacteria” in the gut, commonly referred to as the microbiome, are vital partners for...

What causes headaches?

In ancient Greece, the best-known remedy for a long-standing headache was to drill a small hole in the skull to drain supposedly infected blood. Fortunately, doctors today don’t resort to power tools to cure...

Bacteriophage: the deadliest being on planet earth

A bacteriophage is a type of virus that infects bacteria. In fact, the word “bacteriophage” literally means “bacteria eater,” because bacteriophages destroy their host cells. All bacteriophages are composed of a nucleic acid molecule...