Systemic Review Reveals Diabetes/Probiotics Link

Probiotics decrease serum cholesterol levels, prevent insulin resistance The term probiotic refers to dietary supplements and foods that contain “beneficial” or “friendly” bacteria. The organisms themselves are also called probiotics. Image: berkeleywellness.com   Probiotics play a huge role in digestion and help boost immune response Many of us are ignorant about the importance and benefits…

Dolores River Rafting Is Back!

A New Perspective from the Beautiful Dolores River via Rafting By Molly Mickel, March 16, 2017: For the first time in over a decade the Dolores River will receive consistent flow releases from McPhee reservoir. That means consistent rafting on this extremely special and unique river. A true classic western river, the Dolores is on…

Road Runner Has New Wheels

The Durango-Grand Junction bus route gets an upgrade The Colorado Department of Transportation has leased a newer bus to serve the Durango-Grand Junction inter-city bus route. The bus has been serving the Bustang regional service operated by CDOT on I 25 and I 70. It will replace a 1999 bus. The bus comes equipped with…

Engineers Design “Tree-on-a-Chip”

Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and other plants. Image: news.mit.edu Requires no moving parts or external pumps, able to pump water and sugars through chip at steady flow rate for days March 20, 2017: Trees and other…

10 Times As Strong As Steel

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known 3-D-printed gyroid models such as this one were used to test the strength and mechanical properties of a new lightweight material. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT Porous, 3-D forms of graphene developed at MIT bring the strength of 2-D materials and the power of material architecture design together…

First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

Proves cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to make commercial jet fuel Swissport fuel manager Jarid Svraka fuels an Alaska Airlines flight powered with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from forest residuals in Sea-Tac Washington on Nov 14, 2016.                Image: newsroom.alaskaair.com Alaska Airlines makes historic…

Moving Medicine Manufacturing From Factory to Front Lines

To produce bio-pharmaceuticals on demand, just add water Researchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT. Antimicrobial peptide illustration by Ymahn/Wikimedia Commons. Freeze-dried cellular…