The American population is aging, and conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are on the rise. With those factors in place, the medical community has growing concerns about wound treatment. According to the American Professional Wound Care Association, about 15 percent of Medicare recipients suffer chronic, nonhealing wounds at… Read more
Since the mid-20th century, the global human population has grown from 2.5 billion to 7.7 billion, according to the most recent United Nations estimate. Much of this growth was due to the unprecedented agricultural expansion made possible by the widespread use of synthetic pesticides starting in the 1950s.
By applying pesticides to prevent a variety of insects,… Read more
A new study using high-speed video analysis reveals surprising findings about how flatfish use their fins to “walk” across the ocean floor. NAU professor of biology Alice Gibb is co-author of the paper written by a field station collaborator, Claire Fox, now a doctoral student at Cornell. The study, recently published in Zoology, was featured in National Geographic because of its novel approach to research.
Flatfish are a remarkably successful group:… Read more
From the blue death-feigning beetle of the American Southwest to the fog-basking beetles found in the Namib Desert of southern Africa, darkling beetles inhabit deserts all over the world. More than 20,000 different species have been identified, but thousands more are still awaiting discovery. And scientists have yet to fully understand their evolutionary history.
With $879,000 in funding… Read more