Posts tagged biology

Photos: Mammoth skeleton unearthed.

A Texas family business has discovered a ‘90% complete’ mammoth skeleton in their gravel pit, after striking a 6ft long tusk with an excavator.

The find has been donated to the nearby Perot Museum, which is working to remove the skeleton, which is estimated to be a 9ft (2.7m) tall female which died between 20,000 to 60,000 years ago.

Fully transparent mouse created

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Researchers working at the California Institute of Technology have found a way to create transparent mice, a technique which could help others to perform experiments like mapping out details of the nervous system, or the spread of cancer in lab animals.

Russian gecko sex experiment lost in space.
Well the internet seems to love this story and it does have a pretty funny headline.
A Russian research satellite carrying (among other things) five geckos has stopped responding to ground commands to start its engine to get back into a higher orbit. While life-support systems are thought to still be operating normally on the satellite, unless communication is reestablished with the satellite, it could burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within three to four months time. The geckos will likely have run out of food in around two and a half months.
The experiment was designed to test the effect of weightlessness on geckos sex lives, for some reason.
If communication is regained with the satellite it will be collected and returned to Earth in two months to further study the geckos.
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Russian gecko sex experiment lost in space.

Well the internet seems to love this story and it does have a pretty funny headline.

A Russian research satellite carrying (among other things) five geckos has stopped responding to ground commands to start its engine to get back into a higher orbit. While life-support systems are thought to still be operating normally on the satellite, unless communication is reestablished with the satellite, it could burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within three to four months time. The geckos will likely have run out of food in around two and a half months.

The experiment was designed to test the effect of weightlessness on geckos sex lives, for some reason.

If communication is regained with the satellite it will be collected and returned to Earth in two months to further study the geckos.

More plans for Google’s smart contact lens revealed

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Google’s plans for a contact lens able to measure glucose levels were first announced in a blog post in January. Now the company is teaming up with major contact lens manufacturer Novartis, in order to bring even more features to the lens.

Video: NASA rover roams the underside of frozen lakes.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a rover that can be inserted under an ice sheet, before using its buoyancy to enable it to be driven untethered underwater, using the underside of the ice for traction.

One day such a system could be used on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, but for now it’s being tested in Alaska, measuring salt content and temperature of the water there.

Timelapse video of how vines grow.

This was shot over seven days, with one frame every ten seconds.

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Baby mammoth to go on display today.

New hybrid species announced

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A Russian science lab has announced the creation of an entirely new species, using a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. The species, known as Porcus volucer