Latest Alan McStravick Stories

Fart Your Way To Better Health?
2014-07-13 05:19:57

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A few years back, Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of television's biggest talent show, American Idol, reminded us of the adage “what doesn't kill you makes you stronger,” in her 2011 hit single 'Stronger'. The unfortunate failure in that logic is that sometimes what you come up against will actually kill you. Today, we learn about researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School who have studied a potentially lethal...

Most People Would Rather Do Anything At All Than Sit In Silence
2014-07-04 08:33:50

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online What good is sitting alone in your room? If a new psychological study by researchers from the University of Virginia (UVa) and Harvard University is to be believed, it's not good at all. Well, at the very least, it certainly isn't enjoyable. Interestingly, the team found participants much preferred the presence of a distraction, even going so far as to opt for hurting themselves rather than to sit quietly alone with only their...

owl monkey father's day
2014-06-14 04:43:04

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you're last minute shopping for Father's Day, you're going to want to put down that 'World's Best Dad' mug. Trust me. According to Patricia C. Wright of Stony Brook University and the 2014 winner of the Indianapolis Prize – widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for conservation – no matter how devoted you think your father may be as a parent, another clear winner has emerged in the animal kingdom, forever seizing the title of...

tesla goes open source
2014-06-14 04:17:13

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When founding a company intent on becoming a brand leader in electronic automobile production, it was no mistake that Elon Musk, the visionary behind the now-ubiquitous online payment clearinghouse PayPal and private space consortium SpaceX, named his company after Nikola Tesla, a man whom many regard as the father of electricity. In fact, presenting Tesla with an award, the Vice President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers...

outrunner robot kickstarter campaign
2014-05-27 10:28:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sure, the Japanese have created a robot that can dance and have conversations with President Obama. We saw their technology on his most recent trip to Asia. But a group of Florida engineers and scientists believe they may have created the first generation of the super-utility robot. The Kickstarter campaign to bring this creation to a production-ready state has already garnered nearly $50,000 of the requested $150,000 goal with...

UCLA Biologists Uncover The Secrets Involved In Leaf Size, Shape
2013-10-31 14:36:02

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Trees, and more specifically, the leaves that adorn them, having predated human's foray into scientific learning, should harbor no mysteries at this point. However, nature continues to surprise us. Whether it is news of gold in eucalyptus leaves, as we learned last week with news out of Australia, or the simple yet profound truth of the math that governs internal leaf structure, human understanding continues to expand with the...

Climate Change Requires Greater Financial Investment: Ban Ki-Moon
2013-10-16 03:46:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon made an important announcement this week regarding climate change. Speaking from the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club (IFDC) in Washington, DC, he called on the entire international community to commit to providing increased financial investment in the fields of technology while also crafting intelligent policies and practices intended to help combat...

BRAIN Initiative Announced By Obama
2013-04-03 07:22:50

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For even the most casual observer of the American political process, the term ℠American Exceptionalism´ is not unfamiliar. While the concept itself might seem somehow ethereal, the history of our nation and our exceptionalism, especially over the last 100 years, is tied to our commitment to scientific advancement. Originally reported in February here on redOrbit, an anticipated new scientific initiative was formally...

Gender Differences In Illness And Medical Treatment
2013-03-23 05:57:26

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether perusing the shelves of your local bookstore, watching commercials during your favorite television program, or just opening your eyes, the evidence that men and women are distinctly different and unique animals is seemingly everywhere. Researchers in the field of epidemiology have understood this truth but couldn't necessarily provide proof of it, until now. In fact, the male of the species has been the benchmark by which...

Obesity Can Be Programmed In Infancy
2013-03-20 05:43:42

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the United States, the struggle with obesity has been affecting more and more people with each succeeding year. The tax on our health care system with each new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and endometrial cancer is increasingly evident. And according to a study released last year by the Trust for America´s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a full 50 percent of adults in the US could be classified as obese by 2030....

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