Mike Serfas
Mike Serfas

Mike Serfas received a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1999, and has done basic research in systems ranging from colon tumors to butterfly wing patterns.

Nov. 8, 2013

FDA Trans Fat Ban Will Save Thousands Of Lives

By regulating the use of synthetic partially hydrogenated oils in food, the FDA will prevent many serious diseases and save thousands of American lives every year.
Aug. 12, 2013

Cyber-Safety Act Gives Nova Scotia Bullies The Ultimate Power

Forcing parents to pay for childrens' crimes is not a new idea, nor a good one. When these crimes are nasty comments, and liability is unlimited, the bullies can rule over their own parents.
July 16, 2013

Meet the Journalist Who Connects the Dots Between Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and the NSA

Ongoing releases about PRISM and related programs make it clear: the government has a database about Americans and it has ways to use it.
April 30, 2013

How Dangerous is the Cinnamon Challenge?

Trying to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon seems like a silly stunt, but it can actually damage the lungs - as the workers who make it could have told us.
April 17, 2013

Antares Launch LIVE Stream: Watch the Space Industry Begin

The Orbital Sciences Corporation is preparing the maiden launch of its new Antares rocket from a new launch pad in Virginia. This will be the second American company to fly missions to the ISS.

April 10, 2013

War With North Korea: Smallpox and Bioweapons Are the Real Threat, Not Nukes

The world has learned to ignore what North Korea says. What they're not talking about is their arsenal of smallpox, anthrax, bubonic plague, nerve gas, and other deadly biochemical weapons.
March 25, 2013

Descendant of Adam Found in South Carolina: Why This Could Re-Write History

The DNA of Albert Perry, an African-American from South Carolina, helped find that the common ancestor of all Y-chromosomes lived approximately 338,000 years ago.
March 21, 2013

Food and Mood: How What You Eat Impacts How You Feel

Penn State researchers report that bouts of unhealthy eating could worsen bad moods. Are we any closer to understanding the relationship of nutrition and depression?
March 8, 2013

Genetic Risk Factors Found For Major Mental Disorders — But We All Have Them

Scientists have identified genes that might cause hyperactivity, autism, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia — but we all carry them.
March 7, 2013

Hugo Chavez Oil Revenue Helped Venezuela's Poor — But It May Soon Disappear

The secret of Hugo Chavez' success was elementary: He claimed a fair market share of Venezuela's oil wealth for the poor. But with El Comandante gone, can they keep it?

March 2, 2013

Is the Cure For Cancer and Diabetes Hiding in Your Beer?

Some recent news reports describe hops as a source for exciting new treatments. But before you start celebrating, here's what you need to know.
Feb. 13, 2013

Terahertz Scanners: Are They Affecting Our Genes?

Terahertz scanning is spreading like wildfire, and a new study finds that it affects gene expression in mouse cells. It's unclear what that could mean for us.
Nov. 18, 2012

Legalize Marijuana Laws: A Hard Look at the Costs of Drug Prohibition

A trillion dollars sent to Mexico has bought 100,000 murders, and the illegal drug trade is no safer in America. For every $10 million there is a homicide. For every $100, a drop of blood.
Nov. 10, 2012

Colorado Proposition 64 Could Be Challenged by the Federal Government

Voters in Colorado and Washington have chosen to legalize marijuana. Will the Obama administration accept these reforms, or suffer libertarians' wrath?
Nov. 6, 2012

If Romney Wins He Will Start a 5 Trillion Dollar War with Iran, and Lose It

Mitt Romney surrounds himself with hawkish rhetoric and former Bush officials. The result could be a war we can't win.

Nov. 4, 2012

Obama vs Romney: Bishops Last Minute Pitch for Romney is Not Reason to Vote Republican

Voters should recognize that their votes remain their own moral decision.
Nov. 1, 2012

Pennsylvania Polls: Sandy Aftermath, Undelivered Absentee Ballots Pose a Threat to Obama

High winds, power outages, uncertain polling places and predicted bad weather threatens Democrats in Philadelphia - and undelivered absentee ballots could become the next "butterfly ballot."
Oct. 26, 2012

Diabetes Cure Yet to Be Found, But Death Rate Drops 44 Percent

According to the CDC and NIH, excess death rates from diabetes fell by 44% in a decade. With 26 million diabetics in America, that adds up to a lot.
Oct. 22, 2012

Six Battleships Are Not Worth Slashing the CDC

Cutting the CDC by 12% saves us $1.3 billion. Building 15 battleships instead of 9 costs $12 billion. And battleships won't help us if deadly avian flu breaks out.