A new study has found that Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked with obesity, progresses more rapidly and is harder to treat in children than in adults. Children more commonly have Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. But recently, Type 2 has become a problem as well.
The European Space Agency this week is expected to begin formal and final preparations to launch the Solar Orbiter space probe, which will be launched toward the sun in about five years, orbiting within the orbit of Mercury. It'll be the closest trip to the sun by any Earth-launched space probe and is expected to provide vast amounts of new data.
Researchers at a Canadian university are turning to crowd-sourcing to try and understand the similiarities and differences between the genomes of humans and the genomes of other living animals. Their hope is to use that to better understand how human genes work.
A new law in Tennessee will allow public school teachers to discuss alternatives to such scientific topics as evolution and climate change. The bill, known as the "academic freedom" law by its supporters and the "monkey bill," by its detractors, went into effect Friday.
Scientists who study climate change and ocean environments have made several recent discoveries. Their findings have challenged the conventional wisdom that climate change could eliminate coral reefs. What they've found is that they probably won't disappear, but they will see major changes.
Researchers at Virginia Tech University have created a high-tech computer model that will allow them to model that effects of a pandemic outbreak on the American population. It's a new tool that can help scientists and doctors plan a counter-attack on the disease.
Farmers often use low doses of antibiotics on their large farms to keep disease at bay. But critics say that's leading to drug resistant bugs that are killing people. A new court ruling will require the FDA to stop the use of two specific antibiotics, but activists are targeting the whole range of antibiotics used in animals.
Across the country, an early 2012 heat wave broke into the record books in a big way. According to government data, some 25 states east of the Rocky Mountains had their hottest months ever.
Scientist Eric Stroud spent years as a pharmaceutical chemist. But, after an unpleasant cruise the Bermuda, he gave that up in order to pursue research in ways to protect humans from sharks. But his work has also shifted to ways to protect sharks from humans. And he's made fascinating findings.
Professor Sara Seager is certain life has evolved on another planet. Seager, a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at M.I.T., is one of the leaders of the hunt for new planets that demonstrate evidence of life.