Emily Keeter

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Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

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The World's Oldest Animal Is Even Older Than We Thought

A new dating method puts a mollusk specimen at 507 years young<p>Here you see Ming, a mollusk of the species <i>Arctica islandica</i>. In 2006, researchers discovered the bivalve in Iceland, and examined its interior growth rings--patterns on the inside of its shell--to determine its age. That put Ming at an …

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Electricity-Eating Bacteria Are Real and More Common Than We Thought

In the extreme world of bacteria, stunts such as living in hot springs or without oxygen are, like, totally unimpressive. But then there are bacteria …

DNA mates: how genetic factors may play a subtle part in our friendships

Friends often look alike. The tendency of people to forge friendships with people of a similar appearance has been noted since the time of Plato. But now there is research suggesting that, to a striking degree, we tend to pick friends who are genetically similar to us in ways that go beyond …

How To Watch An Animal Develop Cell By Cell

I remember when you were just two cells big!<p>What is this fuzzy creature? Sadly, it's not pettable. This is a microscope image of a fruit fly embryo, showing the individual cells within it. That's 2,458 cells, to be exact. The bottom image shows each cell in a different color, with lines to show how …

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Scientists are cracking puberty's genetic code

The timing of a woman's first period is way more complex than we thought<p>Humanity is one step closer to understanding what triggers all the mysterious changes that take place in women during puberty. By looking at genetic variants in over 180,000 women of European descent, an international group of …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

These bacteria use more than ‘propellers’ to swim

Bacteria use their bodies as well as their flagella to move through fluids, report researchers. The finding could shed new light on the evolution of …

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.<p>They do not freeze totally solid, but they do freeze mostly solid. Two-thirds of their body water turns to ice. If you picked them up, they would not move. If you bent one of their legs, it would break.<p>Inside these frozen …

Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

The new Scarlett Johannson movie, <i>Lucy</i>, is based on the idea that most people only use only 10 percent of their brains. As it turns out, that idea is completely untrue — but it's oddly persistent.<p>Transcript<p>ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:<p>If you went to the movie theater this weekend, you might've caught the …

This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future, And It Looks Insanely Fun

Local Projects teams up with the New York Hall of Science to build an app that reveals the physics of the playground.<p>On a breezy spring afternoon at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, designer Jake Barton is watching a pair of middle schoolers chuck an iPod across a playground while another …

Microbe's Innovation May Have Started Largest Extinction Event on Earth

The environment can produce sudden shocks to the life of our planet through impacting space rocks, erupting volcanoes and other events.<p>But sometimes …

Holy Hogwarts! New 'Invisible' Materials Made with Light

Invisibility cloaks may not be a reality yet, but a new method of building materials with light could one day be used to make these kinds of cloaking …