Posts tagged biology

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

Blood cells converted to stem cells in 30 minutes

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A simple idea could be a game changer for stem cell research, after a Japanese team found a way to change blood cells into stem cells in only 30 minutes.

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China spraying bacteria to stop the spread of desert.

Chinese scientists are using Cyanobacteria to stop the increasing problem of desertification, where overgrazing by livestock and strong winds work to remove the layer of top soil at the edge of deserts, increasing their size every year.

400,000 year old early-human DNA sequenced

image The DNA sequenced from the fossilized femur bone found in an underground cave in Northern Spain has revealed a surprising discovery for scientists.

This giant squid washed ashore on a Spanish beach this week.
It’s an Architeuthis Dux - it measures 30 feet long and weighs nearly 400 pounds.

This giant squid washed ashore on a Spanish beach this week.

It’s an Architeuthis Dux - it measures 30 feet long and weighs nearly 400 pounds.

Extinct palm tree grown from ancient jar of seeds.

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A Judean Date Palm has successfully been regrown from a small stockpile of seeds thought to be around 2,000 years old.

Maggot-bots proposed for brain surgery

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University of Maryland researchers are developing a maggot-like robot that could crawl into a human brain to zap tumors, while the patient is in an MRI machine.

NPR