The Advances news section in April's issue of Scientific American included stories on digital textbooks, the promise of using gene therapy to fight blindness and how fragile orchids survive. To learn more about any of the stories, follow these links.
The Mind Recovery Act
The National Alzheimer's Project Act is available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site. You can also read more about the Case Western study on a cancer drug that could reverse Alzheimer's symptoms on ScientificAmerican.com
Picky Eaters Club
McCormick's paper on orchid fungi appeared in the journal Molecular Ecology in January.
The study on language rates was published in the journal Language, and is available here (pdf).
Blue Bacteria in Bloom
Sebastian Sonntag's study on the potential feedback of cyanobacteria in the ocean is available to read here (pdf).
The Global Knowledge Initiative, which sent Western researchers to Rwanda to investigate the problem of potato taste in coffee, has more information about how important coffee is to Rwanda's recovery.
Textbooks Come Alive
To learn more about Nature Education's Principles of Biology textbook, click here. The Cachalot[OK?] digital textbook can be downloaded from iTunes. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)
Read the whole blog about Antarctica's Lake Vostok online at Scientific American's blog network. News of the successful drilling to the liquid lake under about four kilometers of ice was covered online at the Nature News Blog as well.
This is What a Scientist Looks Like
Check out the blog This is What a Scientist Looks Like online.