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Zoology
Insects

Last of 'too silky' woolly mammoths blighted by bad mutations

Researchers comparing genomes of ancient and more recent Arctic island relatives find latter developed coats too soft for the cold<p>Woolly mammoths were in the grip of a mutational meltdown before dying out, scientists have revealed, adding that the last surviving population of the hairy giants might …

Paleontology

Why Crocodiles Look Like Whales

We still don’t know why a raven is like a writing desk, but, according to anatomist Matthew McCurry and colleagues, we know a bit about why a …

Paleontology

Scientists predict whale paths to reduce collision risks with large ships

They are some of the largest animals on Earth, and it would seem difficult not to spot them.<p>But the greatest threat to the whales that ply the Pacific Ocean is the increasing vessel traffic that traverses what has become a marine superhighway.<p>A vessel strike is the most likely suspect in the death …

More great white sharks appear to be visiting off Cape Cod

Great white sharks are discovering what tourists have known for years: Cape Cod is a great place to spend the summer.<p>Greg Skomal, the top shark …

Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance

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Pushing the boundaries of DNA sequencing

A young company developing technology created at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is on a mission to disrupt the landscape of DNA sequencing.

Nanotech

Feeling fatigued? Your genes may be partially responsible, new study says - Scope

How often, in the last two weeks, have you felt tired or lacked energy?<p>Daily? Never? For me, and I'm guessing for many of you, the answer is …

Stanford University

Synthetic biology: Enter the living machine

Altmetric: 160<p>More detail<p>Books & Arts<p>Herbert Sauro<p>History<br>• Lab life<br>• Synthetic biology<p>Herbert Sauro delves into a history of attempts to engineer …

Biology

This Lab-in-a-Box Could Make Gene Therapy Less Elitist - MIT Technology Review

Jennifer Adair carried out her first gene therapy experiment several years ago. A cancer treatment, it involved collecting blood from a patient, and …

Genetic Engineering

The proteins that domesticated our genomes

EPFL scientists have carried out a genomic and evolutionary study of a large and enigmatic family of human proteins, to demonstrate that it is …

Biology

Why a test that tells when TB is cured is needed to help tackle resistance

-<i>Every day more than 6 million people across the world who have TB are subject to a standard treatment regime. This lasts at least six months. The</i> …

Medicine

Lloyd Conover, Inventor of Groundbreaking Antibiotic, Dies at 93

Lloyd H. Conover, a chemist whose breakthrough invention of one of the most effective and widely prescribed antibiotics, tetracycline, led to a whole new approach to developing such drugs, died on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 93.<p>His death was confirmed by his son Craig.<p>Dr. Conover …

World War II

Czech scientists develop magnetic carbon

A dream of many generations of researchers has been fulfilled by a discovery made by scientists at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and …

Nature Communications

Is water the fuel of the future?

Soon, water may be powering all your favorite appliances.<p>Scientists have developed a speedy new system to find materials that could potentially be …

Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry

Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste

Manchester scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to 'fish out' the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a …

Nature Communications

George Olah, USC scientist who won Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies at 89

George Olah, a USC chemist and Nobel laureate who found new ways to study previously imperceptible stages in hydrocarbon-related chemical reactions, has died at his Beverly Hills home at age 89.<p>The Hungarian-born scientist's research, which earned USC its first Nobel in 1994, fueled the advancement …

Engineering

Unexpected oxidation state for molecular plutonium discovered

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California - Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new …

Atoms

IBM Actually Stored Data on a Single Atom

In a breakthrough verging on the outer limits of Newtonian physics, IBM researchers have successfully stored a bit of data on the smallest unit of …

Crowdsourcing effort helps researchers predict how a molecule will smell

While it's possible to anticipate the color of light or the pitch of sound, odor defies prediction. New research has taken an important step toward …

New use for paper industry's sludge and fly ash in plastics

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland examined, as part of the EU's Reffibre project, whether new industrial applications could be developed for …

Engineering
MIT
University of Michigan

Researchers store computer operating system and short movie on DNA

Humanity may soon generate more data than hard drives or magnetic tape can handle, a problem that has scientists turning to nature's age-old solution …

Genetics