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Hydrogel uses sunlight to harvest fresh water from the sea

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

The research team (led by Tan Swee Ching, at right) with samples of the hydrogel In many arid coastal regions, a great quantity of valuable fresh water is lost into the atmosphere every day, as it evaporates from the surface of the ocean. This situation prompted scientists to create a new hydrogel that’s highly effective […]



New analysis techniques unearth a trove of unusual minerals

July 17th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  Nataliyamalikite was discovered in Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, which emits sulfurous vapor that’s high in thallium.YURI SMITYUK/GETTY IMAGES THE LANDSCAPE OF Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the world, […]



Scientists are discovering the secrets behind whole-body DNA regeneration

March 24th, 2019 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

A team at Harvard has released a study on panther worms which revealed a regenerative master switch called early growth response, or EGR. Scientists want to know why some fauna, like some species of the humble jellyfish, can regenerate their whole bodies following an injury. In a paper published last Friday, a team at Harvard […]



Scientists find first evidence of huge Mars underground water system

March 5th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

The first evidence for a planet-wide underground water system will help aid future missions in our hunt for life on Mars. Mars wasn’t always a dusty, barren planet. Previous modeling has demonstrated the planet was once overflowing with water that eventually retreated under the surface. But new research details the first direct geological evidence for […]



Synthetic organisms are about to challenge what ‘alive’ really means

January 13th, 2019 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

  We need to begin a serious debate about whether artificially evolved humans are our future, and if we should put an end to these experiments before it is too late. In 2016, Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics announced that they had created a lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0, whose genome consisted of only […]



Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species

December 19th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Scientists say the underground ecosystems are a “subterranean Galapagos” just waiting to be studied. This unidentified nematode from the Kopanang gold mine in South Africa lives 1.4 kilometers below the surface.Gaetan Borgonie / Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium Life on Earth takes billions of shapes, but to see most of them you’ll have to dig deep […]



The next big thing in cannabis? Terpenes

October 1st, 2018 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

The future of the industry is all in the nose. Looking for a new angle to approach the cannabis business? While medical and lifestyle entrepreneurs have been honing in on the active cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, it turns out the real soul of the plant has been right under our noses. Terpenes are the […]



This astrophysicist explains the surprisingly complex concept of ‘nothing’

August 27th, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it? In an interview with The Conversation, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, explains that when physicists talk about nothing, they mean empty space (vacuum). […]



Gene editing technique allows silkworms to produce spider silk

August 9th, 2018 at 7:26 am » Comments Off

An analysis of transformed cocoons. Morphology of the WT-1, FibH+/-, FibH-/-, WT-2, MaSp1+/-, and MaSp1+/+ cocoons. Scale bar represents 1 cm. Credit: Jun Xu A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has succeeded in using a gene editing technique to get silkworms to produce spider silk. In their paper published in Proceedings […]



These anti-aging pills seem to be actually working

July 17th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Pills hailed as the first real “anti-aging” drugs inched a little closer to the market after a study found they cut the number of respiratory infections in the elderly by half. The drugs: The pills act on an aging-related pathway called TORC1. Inhibiting this pathway “has extended life span in every species studies to date,” […]



These robots use living muscle tissue to mimic human fingers

June 5th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

As if the line between human and machine wasn’t already blurry enough, researchers in Tokyo have developed a new method for using living rat muscle tissue in robotics. The “biohybrid” design, described today in the journal Science Robotics, simulates the look and movements of a human finger. Video shows how it bends at the joint, […]



Trillions and trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day

April 16th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”



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