Author Archives: Helen Powell

About Helen Powell

I am a registered midwife and a passionate science reporter with a particular interest in biology and nutrition. I have lived in Mississippi for most of my life and have extensive writing experience, having previously worked as an editor for Hattiesburg American. I now contribute part-time to Lateral Line and spend much of my time reading science journals. 71 West Law Ave. Rose Hill, MS 39356 [email protected] 601-691-5001

Mushrooms help plants grow and could replace fertilizers in the future

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Fungi could be a strong ally to improve crops and to make plants absorb key nutrients according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Leeds who have specifically analyzed the relationship between cereal plants and soil fungi. According to the researchers, a smaller amount of fertilizers could be used by using soil fungi also in view… Read more »

A researcher wants to image the entire country in 3D

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Initially, Chris Fisher, an archaeologist at the State University of Colorado, founded the Earth Archives to keep records of ancient cities and sites built by the ancient population. However, the current climate situation convinced him that it won’t be long before we lose a very important part of our cultural heritage. With global warming, the terrestrial environment will radically change… Read more »

A genetic mutation detection may be the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in some cases

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Some cases of sudden infant death (SIDS) can be explained by a genetic anomaly, a mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency, according to a new study published yesterday in Nature Communications. It is a cardiac metabolic disorder caused by a genetic mutation in the HADHA gene. As explained in the press release in which the study was presented, children born with this… Read more »