There is strong evidence that getting a good night's sleep is important for many functions in the body. Recent research even supports the idea that your brain 'learns new things' while you are asleep.
An ancient insect trapped in amber was recently determined to be a member of a new scientific order of bug species. A major distinguishing feature of the bug is the unique orientation of its triangular head. Image credit: George Poinar/Oregon State University
A species of fluorescent frog was recently discovered in South America. The fluorescence that the frogs exhibit may be used as a method of communication from one frog to another. Source: © Julian Faivovich & Carlos Taboada (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia”
Known as the "Queen of Carbon," Professor Mildred Dresselhaus was a pioneer in the development of Carbon-based nanotechnology. Her work has directly influenced research efforts involving fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2D molecules. As a result she was the recipient of many awards including the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette was a pediatric physician who performed pioneering work in understanding and treating sickle-cell anemia. Sickle-cell anemia is a genetically inherited blood disorder that – according to a 2013 ‘Global Burden of Disease’ study published in the medical journal Lancet – affects more than 3 million people worldwide. Dr. Francis-McBarnette’s efforts improved the screening and treatment processes for children who have the disease. Learn more about this stellar physician by clicking the button below.