Brielle Rivard

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Scientists just invented a new life-saving drug based on Komodo dragon blood

Komodos are tough. Really, really tough, both inside and out.<p>Their outside is covered in what’s basically a bony chainmail. But it’s what’s inside that might be what keeps Komodo dragons—and maybe one day humans—alive.<p>As you can see in the video above, scientists at George Mason University …

Komodo

We Now Have The First Evidence That Immune Cells in The Skin Directly Trigger Hair Growth

This could explain how hair loss starts.<p>For the first time, scientists have discovered that a common type of immune cell directly triggers stem cells …

Is Intelligence Genetic?

A study has found 52 genes responsible for intelligence, raising questions.<p><b>By Raffaele Ferrari, UCL</b><p>Exactly what constitutes intelligence, and to what …

Researchers Say They've Identified The Functions of Life's Earliest Genes

The 'chicken and egg' of evolution.<p>A new study on how genes function across the living world has added weight to the hypothesis that life on Earth …

What it would actually take to get to Mars by 2020

Short answer: a time machine<p>Today, during a phone call with astronaut Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station, President Trump joked that he hoped NASA would land astronauts on Mars by the end of his first term in 2020.<p>Obviously, this timeline is completely unreasonable for an agency …

Space Science

New Drug Could Treat Superbugs Without Fostering Resistance

This could be a new weapon in the fight against hospital-acquired infections.<p>Most people go to the hospital expecting to get better. It’s a pretty …

Get Ready For The >100 Planet Solar System

Pluto’s status as a non-planet may be coming to an end. Professor Mike Brown of Caltech ended Pluto’s planetary status in 2006. But now, Kirby …

Pluto

The first ever picture of the Milky Way’s black hole is expected to be a bright crescent shape rather than a disk

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, …

Astronomers open massive database of stars to the public

We already know that space is awesome, but if you’re tired of the bright minds from places like MIT and NASA having all the fun, you can try your …

Surprise! An Extra Chromosome May Keep You From Getting Cancer

A normal cell has 22 pairs of numbered chromosomes in addition to X and Y (or X and X) chromosomes. A total of 46 chromosomes. Sometimes, though,</i> …

Biology 101 Update: A Cell’s Lysosomes Are More Than Garbage Disposals

The lysosome was once thought of as the trash can of the cell, a dead-end destination where cellular debris was sent for disposal. But a growing body …

For The First Time, Living Cells Have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds

Life - but not as we know it.<p>Scientists have managed to coax living cells into making carbon-silicon bonds, demonstrating for the first time that …

Jensen Ackles Made The Perfect ‘Walking Dead’ Joke To His ‘Supernatural’ Dad, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

You’d have to live under a rock not to have heard about the violent and traumatizing season premiere of <i>The Walking Dead</i>, when Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan rained down hell on Rick’s group in the form of a baseball named “Lucille” covered in barbed wire. Hell, I peaced out of the show back in season …

World's First Baby Born With DNA From Three Parents

In a world first, a baby has been born with DNA from three biological parents.<p>The 5-month-old boy, born to Jordanian parents, was conceived with the …

Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Kill Superbugs Without Antibiotics

As antibiotics become more commonplace, whether we need them or not, superbugs are worrying doctors and turning up more and more often. So the race is on to find methods to kill superbugs without antibiotics, and a new paper might reveal a major breakthrough.<p>Shu Lam, a graduate student at the …

Meet Todd Rider, the Man Who Maybe, Probably Cured Most of the Viruses on Earth

"I believe that DRACO has the potential to completely revolutionize the treatment and prevention of viral infections in the 21st century."<p>Todd Rider, …

Toward a better understanding of the brain - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

In 2011, about a month after joining the MIT faculty, Feng Zhang attended a talk by Harvard Medical School Professor Michael Gilmore, who studies the …

Could Proxima Centauri Be Our Interstellar Getaway?

This month we could find out Earth's "twin" is orbiting our nearest stellar neighbor.<p>What if our planet becomes unlivable and our future selves …

Scientists Can Now Grow And Implant Artificial Corneas

The cornea is the transparent layer that covers the front of your eye and is responsible in large part for the focusing of the eye. It is also the …

Contact Lenses

Biologists Just Spotted The Cutest 'Stubby Squid' Ever in The Deep Sea

We can't breathe.<p>You know what's almost as good as finding a bright magenta, googly-eyed stubby squid just chilling by itself 900 metres deep in the …

How mechanical force triggers blood clotting at the molecular scale

The two unfolding events play distinct roles in determining the quantity and quality of the signals - the strength and types of calcium ions fired by …

Self-healing clothes? It could be a possibility thanks to a squid protein

Who needs a sewing kit when you’ve got a squid on hand? Proving once again that Mother Nature really does know best, scientists have discovered the …

Scientists Have Just Uncovered a Major Difference Between DNA And RNA

Time to update the textbooks.<p>A new study has shown for the first time that RNA - the older molecular cousin of DNA - splits apart when it tries to …