For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that Rift Valley fever virus — an emerging mosquito-borne infectious disease that leads to severe illness in humans — can be transmitted from mother to fetus in rats.
Like nursing baby mammals, some jumping spiders spend their earliest days feeding on a nutritious "spider milk," secreted by their mothers. What's more, spider mothers continue to care for and feed their young offspring the milk-like fluid - which contains nearly four times the protein of cow's milk -long after they're able to forage for food on their own.
Covering conservation and the environment can be quite depressing at times, writer Hillary Rosner told students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism recently, but stories about climate change, endangered species, disappearing rain forests and other topics demand astute and sustained attention.
Christoph Thaiss has been named the 2018 Grand Prize winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists for work that implicates the microbiome — the community of bacteria that live within organisms like plants and animals — as a common culprit underlying hallmarks associated with human obesity, a complex and multifaceted disease.