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Freaky Eight-Letter DNA Could Be the Stuff Aliens Are Made Of

Conventional DNA is comprised of the familiar A, C, G, and T base pairs, but a newly created genetic system is packed with eight, thus doubling the number of letters normally found in self-replicating molecules. Intriguingly, the new system, dubbed “hachimoji,” could resemble the building blocks of extraterrestrial…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Dna, Nasa, Alien Life, Astrobiology


Why the zebra got its stripes: to deter flies from landing on it

Pattern seems to confuse flies, researchers who dressed horses up as zebras findThe mystery of how the zebra got its stripes might have been solved: researchers say the pattern appears to confuse flies, discouraging them from touching down for a quick bite.The study, published in the journal Plos One, involved horses, zebras, and horses dressed as zebras. The team said the research not only supported previous work suggesting stripes might act as an insect deterrent, but helped unpick why, reveal...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Evolution, Zoology


Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100 – research

Millions of cases could be prevented with high HPV vaccine and screening coverageCervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research.The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of cervical cancer wherever uptake has been high. There are hopes that the jab given to young girls, together with occasional HPV screening, could e...
Tags: Health, Europe, Japan, Science, Biology, Cancer, Society, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Hpv Vaccine, Cervical Cancer


Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Doctors could use Crispr tool to inject benign virus into foetus’s brain to ‘switch on’ key genesScientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains of foetuses in the womb.The treatment, which has never been attempted before, would involve doctors injecting the feotus’s brain with a harmless virus that infects the neurons and delivers a suite of molecules that correct the genetic faults. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Society, World news, Genetics, Ethics, Gene Editing


Rare Spider Fossil Preserves 100-Million-Year-Old Glowing Eyes

A new spider fossil discovery included a surprising find: remnants of reflective eye tissue. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fossils, Paleontology, Spiders, Look Into My Eyes


Female human body blocks weak sperm, scientists find

Reproductive tract’s shape lets only strong swimmers through to egg, research suggests For millions of sperm it is the end of the road. Scientists have found evidence that the female reproductive tract is shaped in such a way that stops poor swimmers from reaching their goal.Researchers used small-scale models and computer simulations to show that pinch points that behave like gates along the sperm’s arduous path from cervix to egg allow only the fastest ones through. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Reproduction


2-Billion-Year-Old Squiggles Could Be the Earliest Evidence of a Mobile Life Form

The reported discovery of 2.1-billion-year-old fossilized track marks etched in sedimentary rock is pushing back the earliest evidence of self-propelled movement by an organism on Earth by a whopping 1.5 billion years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Paleontology, Ancient Life


Ancient rock wiggles could be earliest trace of moving organism

Scientists say 2.1bn-year-old fossils may show evidence of self-propelled motionA collection of short wiggly structures discovered in ancient rocks could be the earliest fossilised traces of organisms able to move themselves, scientists say.If scientists are correct, the 2.1bn-year-old structures point to an earlier origin than generally thought for eukaryotes – cells with a membrane-bound nucleus and which make up plants, animals and fungi – previouslybelieved to have first emerged about 1.8bn ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Evolution, Fossils, Gabon


How Fast Can You Travel Before It Kills You?

The human body can withstand a lot before giving up and dying: falls from second-story windows, years of fevered substance abuse, wolf attacks, etc. We have a pretty good idea of what it can’t tolerate, but some ways of dying instantly have received less attention than others, and speed is one of these. We’ve all seen…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Speed, Physiology


Five smart things honeybees can do

These insects’ brains may be tiny, but they’re better with numbers than many human children and they are past masters at communicating life skillsLast week, Australian scientists announced that honeybees (Apis mellifera) can learn to add and subtract. Fourteen bees were put through 100 training exercises in a maze – and got the correct answer between 64% and 72% of the time. “It is not that every bee could do this [spontaneously], but we could teach them to do it,” said Dr Adrian Dyer, co-author...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Environment, Bees, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Insects, Adrian Dyer


Spooky New Photos Show the Alien Creatures of the Deep Ocean

The research vessel Falkor has recently completed a three-week mission off the coast of Costa Rica, during which it gathered data, discovered new species, and took more incredible pictures of the life at the ocean floor.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Damn, Costa Rica, The Ocean, Oceanography, Deep Ocean, Falkor


Cartoonishly Well-Preserved Fossil Is the Earliest Bird of Its Kind

A 52-million-year-old fossil found in Wyoming is now the earliest known seed-eating perching bird in the scientific record, a discovery that’s shedding new light on the history and early eating habits of these now-ubiquitous birds. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Wyoming, Evolution, Fossils, Early Birds, Bird Fossils


World's Oldest Wild Bird, Now 68, Still Fucks and She Has the Baby to Prove It

Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird, has successfully hatched a chick, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. You know what that means: She still fucks.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Wisdom, USFWS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Albatrosses, Oldest Bird


A Fish Just Passed a Mirror Test for Self-Awareness, but What Does That Mean?

New research seems to demonstrate that a fish called the cleaner wrasse has passed the famous mirror test for self-recognition—and the results have ignited discussion about animal intelligence and the meaning of the test itself.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Fish, Animal Cognition, Animal Intelligence, Mirror Test


Intriguing New Research Suggests Honeybees Can Do Simple Math

A new study suggests honeybees inherently understand the rudiments of addition and subtraction, a finding that highlights the remarkable cognitive abilities among even the tiniest of creatures. Critics, on the other hand, say the new research proves nothing of the sort.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animal Behavior, Honeybees, Animal Intelligence


Mountain Lion Attacks Runner in Colorado, Runner Strangles It to Death

An unidentified man who was running on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space’s West Ridge Trail near Fort Collins, Colorado had a nasty encounter on with a juvenile cougar on Monday, which ended with the runner wounded and the animal strangled to death, the Coloradoan reported this week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Colorado, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Cougar, Big Cats, Coloradoan, Fort Collins Colorado, Mountain Lions, West Ridge Trail


Newly Discovered Spiked Dinosaurs From South America Look Like Creatures From 'No Man's Sky'

Paleontologists in Argentina have uncovered a dinosaur unlike anything ever seen before. Alive some 140 million years ago, these majestic herbivores featured long, forward-pointing spikes running along their necks and backs. These spikes may have served a defensive role, but their exact purpose now presents a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Argentina, Dinosaurs, Evolution, South America, Paleontology, Sauropods, Animal Defenses, Dinosaur Defenses


Doctors Zap the Brains of Awake Brain Surgery Patients to Make Them Laugh and Have Fun

Some forms of brain surgery require patients to be awake and responsive—a rather unsettling proposition for even the bravest among us. Neuroscientists have now devised an ingenious way of reducing fear and anxiety during these delicate procedures by electrically stimulating a part of the brain that triggers laughter…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Anxiety, Laughter, Pain Relief, Brain Surgery, Electrical Brain Stimulation


Women’s brains are four years younger than men’s, study finds

Analysis of metabolic brain age may explain differences in cognitive decline rate Women’s brains are nearly four years younger than men’s, at least in how they burn fuel, according to scans performed by US researchers.Scientists found that healthy women have a “metabolic brain age” that is persistently younger than men’s of the same chronological age. The difference is apparent from early adulthood and remains into old age. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Gender, Science, Biology, US, Neuroscience, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research


Gut bacteria may have impact on mental health, study says

Research opens door to possible treatments for depression based on probioticsMicrobes that set up home in the gut may have an impact on mental health, according to a major study into wellbeing and the bacteria that live inside us.Researchers in Belgium found that people with depression had consistently low levels of bacteria known as Coprococcus and Dialister whether they took antidepressants or not. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Depression, Microbiology, Belgium


Fantastic gig posters for scientists' lectures

Bob Goldstein, a professor of cell biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is also a talented graphic designer who creates fantastic "Gig Posters for Scientists" who lecture at the university. These days, Bob and his son do their own screenprinting too! Above: 12.5x19 inch hand screenprinted gig poster for distinguished scientist visiting UNC Chapel Hill. This one's got lights... LED lights are powered by 3V lithium-ion button cell batteries that were taped to the back of...
Tags: Art, Post, Science, Design, News, Biology, Bob, Posters, Chapel Hill, University Of North Carolina, Bob Goldstein, Roy Winkelman


Explore an Interactive Version of The Wall of Birds, a 2,500 Square-Foot Mural That Documents the Evolution of Birds Over 375 Million Years

Now, this avian Vatican also has its own Michelangelo. – Audubon Magazine And the Class of Aves has its very own avian Pantone chart, created by science illustrator Jane Kim in service of her 2,500 square-foot Wall of Birds mural at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. The custom chart’s fifty-one colors comprise about 90 percent of the finished work. A palette of thirteen Golden Fluid Acrylics supplied the jewel-toned accents so thrilling to birdwatchers. Along the way, Kim absorbe...
Tags: Google, Science, Biology, College, New York City, Nature, Museums, Vatican, Kim, Cornell, Cornell University, Starling, Facebook Twitter, Michelangelo, Lilac, Jane Kim


The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters

Readers respond to a recent article and letter published in the GuardianI would like to clarify that, contrary to your article (The microbes are fighting back, and if anyone thinks there is a simple solution, they are wrong, 25 January), a few decades ago precisely no one in drug discovery thought that the war against infectious diseases had been won. Sir Alexander Fleming, who first discovered antibiotics, warned of microbial resistance and it has been known about ever since.The reason drug com...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, People in science, Antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, Dominic PyeResearch


Extras for an Hour, Voyagers for a Lifetime: 'Live Long and Evolve'

None Those were the days. Father and son huddled around a glowing TV screen, eagerly awaiting the next Star Trek episode. It was our ritual. The two of us would gather at a set time, sprawling on a tattered sofa with an armful of snacks: pastries, popcorn, maybe even ice cream. For an hour our lives were suspended; we were no longer citizens of planet Earth—neither pubescent grade schooler nor certified civil engineer. For an hour, we were extras aboard Captain Jean-Luc Picard's USS Enterprise...
Tags: Science Fiction, Music, Science, Biology, Review, Book Review, Earth, Star Trek, Spock, Pop Culture, Evolution, Princeton University Press, Mom, Gene Roddenberry, McCoy, Noor


Rare Fossil of Triassic Reptile Discovered in Antarctica

The fossilized remains of an early reptile dating back some 250 million years have been uncovered in the unlikeliest of places: Antarctica. The discovery shows how wildlife recovered after the worst mass extinction in our planet’s history, and how Antarctica once hosted an ecosystem unlike any other. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Antarctica, Evolution, Paleontology, Ancient Reptiles, Ancient Antarctica


The maxim 'use it or lose it' is wrong, researchers say. Here's why.

UMass Amherst biology professor Lawrence M. Schwartz redefines the term by writing, "use it or lose it, until you work at it again."Teenagers "bank" muscle growth potential to help prevent frailty in old age.Exercising over the course of your entire lifetime is necessary for maintaining good physical and cognitive health. None A fair amount of time during the aging process seems to be dedicated to discussing what one used to be able to do. This is especially true in exercise. I used to run for t...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Aging, Innovation, Physiology, Derek, Schwartz, UMass Amherst, Human body, Lawrence M Schwartz


China's Latest Cloned-Monkey Experiment Is an Ethical Mess

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published today.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Genetics, Ethics, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Gene Editing, Crispr Cas9


Gemologist Finds Insect Trapped in Opal Instead of Amber

On a trip to Indonesia, gemologist Brian Berger purchased an opal that appeared to have an insect entombed inside. Insects trapped in amber are a common-enough sight, but in a slow-forming gemstone like opal?Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Indonesia, Amber, Paleontology, Entomology, Opal, Gems, Brian Berger


See What Trees Look Like to a Bird's Ultraviolet-Sensitive Eyes

A bird’s-eye view can completely change your perspective on things. And I mean that literally.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Vision, Sight, Ultraviolet Light, Birdmodo


Ancient Shark With Spaceship-Shaped Teeth Named After Vintage Video Game

A newly described freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period had teeth that resembled the iconic Galaga video game spacefighter. Remarkably, the remains of this shark were found in the same pile of debris that contained Sue the T. rex—the largest and most complete fossil of the species ever found.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Sharks, Paleontology, Ancient Sharks



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