Growing microscopic organisms in a lab to conduct biological warfare might sound like the makings of a science fiction movie. But in the case of the bark beetle, it's real. An entomologist at Northern Arizona University is using a fungus to combat the beetles' deadly attack on forests across the West. As Arizona Public Radio's Bonnie Stevens reports, the fungus is the latest in a string of unconventional methods to stop the bugs' rampage.
If you’re one of those people who puts on weight while another person eating the same meal doesn’t, blame your gut! Greg Caporaso says it’s all about the microbiome — or the microbes living in our bodies — that determines how many calories we extract from food and also, how susceptible we are to disease.
Hospitals are places where people go to get well. But, they're also places where people can get sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2,000,000 people contract hospital-borne infections in the U.S. each year, like MRSA, Staph and C-dif. Omar Badreddin - a computer scientist at Northern Arizona University - believes that's because people don't clean their hands often enough. So he's developed a smart device that can track the number of times hospital staff use hand sanitizer.
Millions of Americans are already in the kitchen this morning preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It's a big production that takes a lot of planning and timing to pull off gracefully. And if anything stands to mess things up, it's probably the turkey. From not being completely defrosted, to forgetting to remove the plastic pouch of giblets, mishandling the turkey can - not only delay dinner - it can also create health hazards. In this special holiday edition of KNAU's series Brain Food, Bonnie Stevens reports on the safest ways to serve Thanksgiving dinner to everyone at - and under - the table.
Thousands of scientists worldwide are studying the environmental impact of climate change. But now, two professors of English are studying its emotional impact. SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo are co-directors of a climate change outreach and discussion group at Colorado State University. And, they recently visited Northern Arizona University to share this message about the Earth’s changing climate:
After 2 healthcare workers in Texas contracted the Ebola virus, hospitals nationwide are revamping safety protocol to cut down on the potential spread of the often-deadly disease. In this special edition of KNAU's series, Brain Food, producer Bonnie Stevens reports on how those upgraded safety measures are being implemented in Coconino County.