Tomas McGriff

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DNA solves ancient animal riddle that Darwin couldn't

<b>(CNN) —</b> After the last of its kind died out about 12,000 years ago, a strange animal that stumped Charles Darwin is finally being added to the tree of life, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications.<p>Macrauchenia patachonica lived during the last ice age. It resembled a bulky …

Trump's proposed STEM budget cuts a grave mistake

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the 1950s, the late physicist Charles Townes was told he was wasting his time inventing lasers (a kind of powerful light source explained by a theory Albert Einstein published a century ago).<p>Ponder this every time you fire up your computer hard drive, or when a loved one receives …

Komodo dragon blood might hold the key to the global antibiotic-resistance crisis

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 …

Watch a Simple Experiment Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics

“No One Understands Quantum Mechanics”<p>Quantum mechanics: a branch of physics that is, to many, confusing and misunderstood. It encompasses and deals …

How Dung Beetles Are Illuminating Our Understanding of Gender

Phenotypic variation, sexual dimorphism, the dung beetle's horns, and more.<p><b>By Cris Ledón-Rettig, Indiana University, Bloomington</b><p>Picture a lion: The …

Biology

Scientists solve fish evolution mystery

A University of Wyoming researcher is part of an international team that has discovered how more than 700 species of fish have evolved in East …

New Theory About Dark Energy Breaks Law of Conservation of Energy

Dark energy (not to be confused with dark matter) is the stuff that let’s scientists know the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. Although …

Scientists recreate the outer layer of the heart with stem cells

While organ transplants saw a 20 percent increase in the past five years, a lot of people in the recipient list still won't get one. That's why various scientists across the globe are trying to recreate organs in the lab. One particular group from Penn State, for instance, chose to focus on the …

Stem Cells