©2019 by Isobel Whitcomb. Proudly created with Wix.com



May 15, 2019 Atlas Obscura

Caterpillar fungus, also called cordyceps or even the “zombie mushroom,” is unusual in that it propagates itself by infecting one specific insect: the ghost moth caterpillar. Used in traditional medicine, it's pricey, potent, and increasingly scarce.

Image from original story. Credit: Kelly Hopping


April 19, 2019 Scienceline

Smoking a little before bed might seem like a good way to help you sleep
— at least, that’s what many people believe. Sleep is one of the main
reasons people seek out cannabis for non-recreational reasons. But
according to experts, this perception is wrong.

Image from original story. Credit: Ashton | CC license 2.0


February 20, 2019 Scienceline

One in three babies in the U.S. is delivered via C-section. This intervention can be life-saving for both moms and babies, but studies suggest that children delivered via C-section may be more likely to develop health problems. More parents are turning to probiotics in the helps of improving these babies' health. But some doctors are skeptical. 

Image from original story. Credit: Wayne Evans | Pexels License

January 9, 2019 Scienceline

Sea creatures flashed their lights even before any organisms had eyes to see them.

Image from original story. Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010

November 30, 2017 Scienceline

For 25 million Americans, pain is a daily reality. But treatments that provide relief are risky, scarce or costly. To improve this situation, researchers at King’s College in London have tested a novel approach. The goal of the therapy, however, is not total pain relief. It’s acceptance.

Image from original story. Credit: Pexels

November 29,2018 Scienceline

Searching for extraterrestrial life is like trying to meet someone in Manhattan with no prearranged place or time.

Image from original story. Credit: V.H.S. | CC license 2.0

November 16, 2018 Scienceline

Early next year, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela festival in India will attract 150 million pilgrims — and even more drug-resistant microbes.

Image from original story. Credit: Massimiliano Sticca | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0