Ancient dog bones tell us what was on the menu for both dogs and humans

What dogs ate can reveal clues about 12,000 year old lifestyles

If you’ve ever slipped your Labrador a handful of popcorn, or found that she helped herself to the trash while you were away, you know the human-dog relationship is strongly connected with food. Those wary eyes at Neolithic campsites had much in common with the wistful ones following every bite of your dinner. Dogs have been living alongside us for at least 12,000 years, eating many of the same things we do — both given or scavenged. Read more.

Researchers race to create ultra short-lived medical isotopes

Scientists from the University of Alabama Birmingham, the University of Wisconsin, and Argonne National Laboratory are working on a new process to produce a pair of radioisotopes of the element scandium (Sc) for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The tricky bit is that the isotopes are so unstable that one must be used within four hours of creation, so the process must be extremely fast and efficient. Read more.

One Key to Climate Change Could Be Stuck in a Shark’s Tooth

Most people wouldn’t think sharks can teach researchers about the planet’s distant past and its more immediate future.  University of California - Merced paleoecologist Professor Sora Kim isn’t most people. There’s a connection between data in fossilized shark teeth and climate change, and thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, she aims to use that information to better understand climate change. Read more.

 

Can Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and the Private Sector Come Together to Save Sharks?

Conducting research on the movements of sharks is not easy. The animals move around a lot, spend their entire lives underwater, and can be difficult to find – particularly in areas where they face the threat of overfishing. What about finding support, funds, and partners to enable the work in the first place? Also challenging. However, the global interest in oceans seems to be at an all time-high, and research groups such as Beneath the Waves are connecting the scientific, private sector, and philanthropic worlds in exciting new ways, paving the way for the next wave of ocean conservation efforts. Read more.