NEW!! Laughing gas may be beneficial to persons suffering from difficult-to-treat depression

A tiny phase II clinical trial published on June 9 in the journal Science Translational Medicine indicated that nitrous oxide (often known as “laughing gas” in the dentist’s office) may help some people with treatment-resistant depression reduce their symptoms. Researchers have been interested in approaches that act faster than traditional depression medications, such as SSRIs,…

Why Do Scientists Change Viruses in the Lab to Make Them More Contagious?

Techniques for inducing mutations in viruses that give microorganisms new abilities are included in the microbiology toolbox. Scientists do these experiments for a variety of purposes, including to learn how bacteria avoid detection by our immune systems. However, enhancing a pathogen’s capabilities comes with apparent hazards, especially if this “gain of function” implies increased virulence…

NEW!! Planting trees in human ashes is a Buddhist tradition that saves space all around the world.

Natasha Mikles is a philosophy lecturer at Texas State University. This essay was first published in The Conversation. Space for burying the deceased is becoming increasingly scarce as the world’s population grows. Many cities in the United States, as well as many other countries across the world, are already short on burial land. Simultaneously, many…

Now The plastic issue in the world is kept track of by salt marshes.

Unfathomable amounts of plastic garbage have been created by humans, posing a hazard to ecosystems and even human health. The goal of recent research published in the journal Environmental Advances was to find out how microplastics accumulated in the salt marshes of southern New England, which are vegetation-filled wetlands that mark the land-sea transition. “…