Author: Rachael Rettner

Killing TB While it Sleeps

Killing TB While it Sleeps

Newly discovered compounds can kill tuberculosis bacteria while it is in its dormant state.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted October 28, 2009

Swine Flu: the Good, the Bad and the Cute

Swine Flu: the Good, the Bad and the Cute

Using ferrets to predict the virus’s virulence.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted September 2, 2009

Organs For Sale?

Organs For Sale?

The Debate Over Financial Incentives for Organ Donation

By Rachael Rettner | Posted August 6, 2009

More than Hot Air

More than Hot Air

Solar thermal energy, or “solar hot water,” may not get much hype, but don’t count it out of the renewable energy equation.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted July 20, 2009

Investigating Diabetes Surgery

Investigating Diabetes Surgery

Scientists have found that weight-loss surgery has a dramatic effect on type 2 diabetes and can even eliminate symptoms. Now, researchers are attempting to find out what is behind this diabetes “cure” and are even looking for alternative ways to mimic the surgery’s results.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted May 29, 2009

Getting the Jump on an Ancient Killer

Getting the Jump on an Ancient Killer

Studying the early stages of tuberculosis infection could help scientists figure out new ways to tackle the disease.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted May 18, 2009

Assessing the Malaria Threat

Assessing the Malaria Threat

Could increasing global temperatures cause this tropical disease to spread?

By Rachael Rettner | Posted May 5, 2009

Hot Cities: The Urban Heat Island Effect

Hot Cities: The Urban Heat Island Effect

A Columbia University researcher discusses the urban heat island effect and the university’s green roof research station.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted April 26, 2009

A Molecular Weapon Against HIV

A Molecular Weapon Against HIV

Scientists are researching ways to use a “gene knockout” technique known as RNA interference to help fight HIV.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted April 20, 2009

Bacteria for Better Biofuels

Bacteria for Better Biofuels

Adding the right kind of bacteria, scientists find, can boost plant growth on poor quality soil.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted March 30, 2009

Science & the Arts at the City University of New York

Science & the Arts at the City University of New York

Adrienne Klein discusses the “Science and the Arts” program at the City University of New York.

By Shelley Dubois and Rachael Rettner | Posted February 2, 2009

An Artist, Engineer and Environmental Activist

An Artist, Engineer and Environmental Activist

Natalie Jeremijenko, NYU professor and Environmental Health Clinic founder, bridges disciplines to promote social and environmental change.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted January 26, 2009

Blood Feud

Blood Feud

A recent study has sparked debate about the safety of artificial blood.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted January 6, 2009

Disease Protection—From the Gut

Disease Protection—From the Gut

A new study finds that gut microbes may help protect against the onset of type 1 diabetes.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted December 31, 2008

An Alcohol Enzyme That Limits Heart Attack Damage

An Alcohol Enzyme That Limits Heart Attack Damage

Improving this enzyme’s function decreases tissue damage during a heart attack and could even help with hangovers.

By Rachael Rettner | Posted December 10, 2008

Al Gore's movie 'An Inconvenient Truth' says sea levels could rise up to 20 feet. Is this true?

Al Gore’s movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ says sea levels could rise up to 20 feet. Is this true?

Asks Steve from Florida

By Rachael Rettner | Posted December 1, 2008

Turning Cells Into Stem Cells: No Retroviruses Required

By Rachael Rettner | Posted October 29, 2008

An Inside Look at Nanomaterials

An Inside Look at Nanomaterials

By Rachael Rettner | Posted October 7, 2008