Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:

A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Monday, June 19, 2017

Twenty years. That's how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia's brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.


A Mother's Early Death Drives Her Daughter To Find A Treatment

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sonia Vallabh knows that by the time she's middle-aged, a rare inherited disease will likely start killing off her brain cells. She and her husband have become scientists to try to stop the disease.


NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.


Researchers Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The hairless, ground-dwelling, cold-blooded rodents have proven capable of surviving total oxygen deprivation. Their odd biology allows them to run on an alternative fuel.


Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Researchers found that a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.


Eels May Use 'Magnetic Maps' As They Slither Across The Ocean

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Eels sometimes swim thousands of miles from their birthplace in the Atlantic to rivers and lakes where they live. Researchers say the creatures might use the Earth's magnetic field to find their way.


In Giant Virus Genes, Hints About Their Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 06, 2017

They're the Godzillas of the virus world, pushing the limit of what is considered alive. Researchers are trying to figure out where they came from. (And no, they aren't known to make people sick.)


Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades, Study Suggests

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Researchers following a group of New Zealanders over the course of 40 years found an association between childhood lead exposure and declines in intelligence and socioeconomic status later in life.


A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.


Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

After six weeks of training, people could memorize twice as much. Areas of the brain had begun communicating in new ways — a lot like what happens inside the heads of world memory champions.


WATCH: Raindrops Catapult Bacteria Into The Air, And It's Beautiful

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

They don't have wings, but bacteria sure can fly. Researchers at MIT say that tiny bubbles trapped by raindrops play a part in launching bacteria on long-distance flights.


The Culprit In Rising Western U.S. Smog Levels: Asia

Friday, March 03, 2017

U.S. emissions of smog-forming pollutants have dropped, but smog levels in the western U.S. have increased each year. Now, researchers say, they've found out why — it's wafting from across the Pacific Ocean.


Tiny Fossils Could Be Oldest Evidence Of Life On Earth

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Scientists say they've found the remains of tube- and string-like organisms in Canadian rocks that are at least 3.7 billion years old. But findings like these are always controversial.


Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Friday, February 24, 2017

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.


Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The planet's magnetic field is weakening. Scientists aren't sure why, but studying ancient jars could help them find out. The ceramics provide a remarkable window onto Earth's magnetic past.


In Studying Sick Fish, Scientists Trace History Of Fevers

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Carp are a major food source, but they've been plagued by viruses. Scientists now say they have a simple solution. And along the way, they hit on an ancient commonality between fish and people.


Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.


Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Monday, February 06, 2017

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.


Scientists Describe Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creatures From China

Monday, January 30, 2017

They were ugly. And, unfortunately, they were not equipped with an anus. But the sand dwellers could be an important part of filling in our own early evolutionary tree.


An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Monday, January 16, 2017

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.