Karla Lant

Karla Lant

Freelance Writer and Editor

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer, journalist, editor, and adjunct professor. She focuses on science, technology, politics, education, and technical writing. Browse by publication below.

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Parthenogenesis and the spontaneous sawfish births that are saving an endangered species article

Parthenogenesis and The Spontaneous Sawfish Births That Are Saving an Endangered Species : Science & General News : Latinos Health

Females of a critically endangered sawfish species have taken a drastic step toward survival: parthenogenesis, or asexual reproduction. This is the first time that a vertebrate that typically reproduces sexually has been observed engaging in parthenogenesis.

Fatal attraction%e2%80%94the loving that leads these marsupials to death article

Fatal Attraction—The Loving That Leads These Marsupials to Death : Science & General News : Latinos Health

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) have discovered two new species of marsupials whose sexual practices often kill them off. One is already threatened with extinction thanks to habitat loss, feral pests, and climate change.

Can popping pills lead you to kill article

Can Popping Pills Lead You to Kill? : Science & General News : Latinos Health

Finnish researchers have discovered a link between an increased rate of committing homicide and the use of drugs that affect the central nervous system (CNS). Use of tranquilizing benzodiazepines and painkillers carries the highest association with committing homicide, while there was only a slightly greater risk for users of anti-depressants.

Mers outbreak 2015 article

MERS Outbreak 2015—What Researchers Are Saying About the Virus Spreading Throughout The Far East : Latinos Health News : Latinos Health

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the Republic of Korea has claimed its first two fatalities. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nation's government officials are working to prevent its spread and cope with the outbreak.

Blue patches on the red planet  what's really up article

Blue Patches On The Red Planet, What's Really Up : Science & General News : Latinos Health

We all know Earth as a blue marble of a planet from space; but even on the Red Planet, you can see vivid blue splotches. On Mars, however, the blue patches aren't oceans. The European Space Agency (ESA) explains that the blue areas we see are created by incredibly strong winds and the way they appear on the planet's craggy surface.

Personalized immunotherapy packs a punch article

Personalized Immunotherapy Packs a Punch : Latinos Health News ...

In a recent clinical trial, more than half of the terminal cancer patients participating have experienced significant shrinking of their tumors, and in some cases, their complete disappearance. The new class of immunotherapy drugs appears likely to be a game changer for cancer sufferers. The research was announced at the recent annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology where it was described as "spectacular."

Got milk  how breast milk may cut risk for leukemia article

Got Milk? How Breast Milk May Cut Risk for Leukemia : Healthy Habits : Latinos Health

Researchers from the Israel Center for Disease Control and the University of Haifa have discovered that breast-fed babies have a reduced risk for childhood leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, shows that breast-fed children and teens-who were breast-fed for at least six months-are 19 percent less likely to develop childhood leukemia than their counterparts breast-fed for less than six months.

Light hides path to lost memories article

Light Hides Path to Lost Memories : Science & General News ...

Researchers from the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics have created their own "blue light special" for mice-but this one helps them recall memories that had been suppressed. Their study, published in the journal Science, also suggests something even more profound: even memories that have been assumed to be lost after traumatic injury to the brain may still exist, and be retrievable.

Pope francis article

Pope Francis On the Great Migrant Debate : Trending News : Latinos Health

Pope Francis has now declared that allowing migrants to die at sea is an "attack against life" similar to euthanasia or abortion. This announcement comes as the numbers of migrants and asylum seekers dying in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya have skyrocketed in the past year-30 times more than during the same months of 2014, almost 1,800 according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Yangtze river article

Hundreds of Lives Lost In Sunken Ship in Yangtze River : Trending News : Latinos Health

458 people aboard a Yangtze River cruise in bad weather lived out terrifying hours trapped inside the capsized ship Dongfangzhixing, or Eastern Star. At the time of this writing, only 14 have been rescued, and five bodies have been found so far. The ship, within its capacity and sporting appropriate safety equipment, sank so quickly after encountering a cyclone that rescuers worked feverishly to detect the sounds of living victims inside the sunken hull.