Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

E.I. Galanzha et al., Science Translational Medicine

Search and destroy

Science | New laser technology detects cancer cells in blood
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/04/19, 03:30 pm

A new type of laser can find and destroy cancerous melanoma cells in blood with 1,000 times the sensitivity of current detection tools. Most melanoma-related deaths occur because malignant cells at the original tumor site seep into the blood and spread to vital organs before doctors find them, Vladimir Zharov, director of the nanomedicine center at the University of Arkansas, told Live Science.

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Slime design

Science | Engineers mimic God’s design in sticky snail secretions
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/04/19, 02:56 pm

Researchers have again discovered God’s design is best, and this time, scientists had to look no further than a tiny mollusk. Engineers at Penn State University just created a super-strong-yet-reversible adhesive inspired by snail slime.

The secret to developing the perfect adhesive has eluded industrial researchers for decades. As anyone who has ever accidentally superglued two things together knows, strong adhesives are nearly impossible to unstick. But adhesives that are less sticky, while making it easier to fix mistakes, tend to lose their grip far too easily.

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A gender-confused tomato plant?

Science | A botanical discovery shows how science can be misused in arguments about morality
by Julie Borg
Posted 6/27/19, 04:41 pm

Botanists who discovered a new tomato species in the Australian Outback are using its unusual anatomy to suggest sex confusion is normal in nature.

The structures in a plant’s blossoms determine the flower’s sexuality. Female flowers contain a long stalk—the pistil—that sports a pollen-receptive head and attaches to an ovary at the base that contains potential seeds. The male reproductive part of a flower—the stamen—harbors a long tube with a pollen-producing structure on the tip.

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