Endangered Titicaca Frogs Are Real Awkward When They Eat
Feeding time for the endangered Lake Titicaca frogs in the collections of the Denver Zoo. The frogs leap to snap at red wiggler worms but sometimes miscalculate and chomp down on a buddy’s leg. In a nearby exhibit, three of these frogs are on display for the public, the only place in the northern hemisphere where they can be viewed.
Food Allergies Could Soon Be Turned Off By Tiny Bits Of Plastic
Scientists are getting better at sneaking tiny pieces of metal or plastic past our immune systems and using them to treat serious health problems.
In a new study, researchers at Northwestern University may have found a way to use these nanoparticles to cure any allergy you can think of.
Good! Maybe we can finally stop hating ragweed.
The scientists were able to take mice that were allergic to eggs — so much so they would have an asthma attack when exposed to egg protein — and stop the harmful reaction after one treatment.
There are two reasons it worked: The first is that the nanoparticles were specially made to fly under the radar of the immune system. The second is that they actually had the egg proteins hidden inside.
By smuggling the allergen into the body without setting off the alarm, the mice’s immune systems learned that egg protein isn’t so bad after all. The same trick could potentially end any allergy.
The researchers are already testing it on mice that are allergic to peanuts. In humans, that’s one of the deadliest food allergies.
What’s more, the nanoparticles are already on their way to human trials after they were shown to also treat multiple sclerosis, which is also an immune disorder.
TERRA 1108: “Acid in the Gulf of Maine”, “The Lobster Pot Heats Up”, and “Attack of the Green Crab”
“Acid in the Gulf of Maine” A short animation about the potential impact of ocean acidification on sea life in the Gulf of Maine. Produced with support from Maine Sea Grant, Dalhousie University, MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network), NERACOOS (The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems) and NECAN (Northeast Coastal Acidification Network).
“The Lobster Pot Heats Up” A short animation about the impact of global climate change on lobsters in the Gulf of Maine. Produced with the support of the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine.
“Attack of the Green Crabs” An animated short about the devastating effects green crabs are having on clam populations on the coast of Maine.
Philosophy, Fantasy, and Science Fiction: C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy
This is the fourth session in a new series of monthly lectures and discussions, spanning the year 2016 and hosted by the Brookfield Public Library. This year the series focuses on philosophical themes in the works and world of selected classic and contemporary fantasy and science fiction authors.
We continue the series by focusing in this session on C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy – Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.