Category: science

Stem-cell ruling hits BU researchers

The Obama administration is appealing a federal court ruling that challenged the legality of the president’s rules governing human embryonic stem cell research.  Until a decision is made, however, federally funded research around the nation is threatened, including projects at Boston University.  In a BU Today interview, School of Medicine hemotology and oncology assistant Professor […]

Head trauma linked to disease that mimics ALS

  Researchers at the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Mass. have discovered a new motor neuron disease that mimics ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which may be connected to head trauma. Their findings, based on their work with former athletes, have been published in the September 2010 issue […]

Northeast bats in danger of extinction

One of North America’s most common bat species, the so-called little brown bat, will be all but extinct in the Northeast in 20 years to due to an emerging fungal desease called White-Nose Syndrome. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Boston University biologists, including Professor Thomas Kunz and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Winifred Frick who authored the study […]

6 Months Since the Haiti Earthquake

Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator in the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at Metropolitan College Enrique Silva offers insight into the rebuilding of Port-au-Princeto the Huffington Post: “When we talk about rebuilding or restructuring Haiti,  we are talking about much more than the massive collapse of buildings and infrastructure.  We are also talking about […]

How much is that spill?

The BP oil spill now has released at least 1.3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on June 15th.  What’s that equivalent to?  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor of Encyclopedia of Earth” suggests some possibilities […]

Gulf spill and global oil production

The International Energy Agency, in its monthly Oil Market Report, says the Gulf of Mexico spill is a potential “game changer” for oil supply, possibly restricting figure sub-sea oil development and limiting supply.  But Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, see […]

BP tries (again) to plug leak

Embattled oil company BP is again trying to divert the six-week-old Gulf oil leak by smothering the gushing flow under yet another dome.  Geology Professor Cutler Cleveland,  director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, has updated his entry on the Deepwater Horizon saga in the BU-born Encyclopedia of Earth to discuss the myth […]