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Stories by Cynthia Graber

Future Wet Suits Otter Be Warmer

Future wet suits with surface textures like the thick fur of otters that trap insulating air layers could keep tomorrow's divers warmer in icy waters. 

October 10, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

This Shark Is the Vertebrate Methuselah

Individual Greenland sharks appear to live perhaps a century longer than any other vertebrate, and might have life spans approaching 500 years.     

August 11, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True

Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses.  
 

June 27, 2016 — Cynthia Graber and Steve Mirsky

This Plant Bleeds Nectar to Attract Help

When a species of nightshade is injured by hungry beetles, it produces sugary nectar at the wound site. The nectar attracts ants that then keep the beetles at bay.   

April 26, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Quick Test Could Tell If a Patient Needs Antibiotics

Antibiotics work against bacterial infections but are often prescribed to people with viral infections, which don't respond to the drugs. But a new gene test could show if a patient's infection is viral or bacterial. 

January 26, 2016 — Cynthia Graber
Better Gut Microbiome Census through Computing

Better Gut Microbiome Census through Computing

Sophisticated computational techniques make it possible to analyze gene samples from all the bacteria in the gut at once to take a census of the species present.  

January 18, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Iceman Ötzi Died with a Bellyache

Researchers were able to determine the genome of stomach bacteria that infected the famous Iceman at the time of his death, in the process giving us clues about ancient human migrations. 

January 8, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Urban Food Foraging Looks Fruitful

Fruits growing wild in urban areas were found to be healthful and to contain lower levels of lead than what's considered safe in drinking water 

November 18, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Fall Foliage Timing Comes into Clearer Focus

Researchers picked apart satellite imagery from two New England forest ecosystems to get a better handle on exactly what factors influence the timing of the color changes of the autumn leaves

October 20, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Designer Probiotics for Cancer

New research on mice demonstrates a way to use designer bacteria as a non-invasive test for cancer.

October 2, 2015 — Cynthia Graber and Eliene Augenbraun