Theoretical tiger chases statistical sheep to probe immune system behavior

Studying the way that solitary hunters such as tigers, bears or sea turtles chase down their prey turns out to be very useful in understanding the interaction between individual white blood cells and colonies of bacteria. Reporting their results in the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, researchers in Europe have created a numerical model that explores this behaviour in more detail. …read more

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The Scientific Evidence for Unicorns

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Yes, unicorns were real. No, they didn't look like what you think.

Yes, unicorns were real. No, they didn’t look like what you think.

Scientists have long known about Elasmotherium sibiricum. This animal, which had a single horn several feet long, is also known as the “Siberian unicorn.”

The bad news for unicorn fans is that this prehistoric animal was believed to have gone extinct 350,000 years ago. The worse news is that it didn’t look like a horse. It probably looked more like a woolly mammoth or a rhinoceros. It was about six feet tall, 15 feet long and weighed 9,000 pounds.

Nevertheless, scientists have just made a fascinating discovery about this animal. They recently uncovered an Elasmotherium skull in Kazakhstan that has been dated to 29,000 years ago. This means that Elasmotherium was still around some 300,000 years more recently than previously thought. As a result, humans and unicorns may once have lived alongside each other.

(Note: This story is not to be confused with the announcement from North Korea’s official news agency that archeologists there discovered a unicorn lair. They knew this because the lair had a carved sign in front of it that said “Unicorn Lair.”)

Agilent has long been associated with the scientific …read more

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Vaccine for Tropical Disease Discovered

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Tropical diseases including the Zika virus and Ebola have been hot topics in the news for the past year. Because of the severity of the diseases, researchers are working to create vaccines to prevent the further spread of the already widespread diseases.

Researchers are hopeful that one disease, Leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection, may have a vaccine before it becomes as widespread as Zika and Ebola. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection that is spread through the bite of sand flies.

The saliva of sand flies contains a certain protein that slowly shuts down the human immune system, giving the parasite a better chance of survival. Around 80% of the Leishmaniasis in the world is contained in India, however, as seen with Zika and Ebola, it can be quickly spread to other regions. Many American troops returned from Desert Storm infected with the disease, and sporadic outbreaks have been reported in dog kennels around the United States. Public health experts have been watching it closely and there currently is not a high risk to the general public.

The last few years have been devoted to pioneering a procedure to emulate the sand fly bite in order to understand exactly how it works to slow …read more

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