Ashley Briles

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Scientists may have solved a mystery: Why is Antarctic sea ice growing?

The small minority of climate change models accurately predicted the expansion of Antarctic sea ice, and now scientists think they know …

Global Warming

This Cyborg Stingray Is the Coolest Thing You'll See All Day

An international team of researchers has developed an eerily realistic robotic stingray that blurs the line between animal and machine. Fueled by …

Tiger shark sonogram shows 20 babies baring their teeth

The fierce and majestic tiger shark has long had a rough go when it comes to prenatal care.<p>Not only do pregnant females have to deal with their pups …

Fish

These Creepy Carnivorous Worms Make Caves Look Like The Night Sky

Beautiful... until you get too close.<p>If you were to stumble into New Zealand’s Waitomo cave, you’d probably wonder who hung up all of the pretty blue …

Nature

Scientists, ethicists tackle gene editing's ethics, promise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: the promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases. But …

The Little-Known, Disfiguring Disease That’s Coming Our Way

I tell a story over on the news side of <i>National Geographic</i> today, about an intrepid team of explorers who plunged into nearly impenetrable Honduran rainforest in order to groundtruth the legend that it concealed a fabled “white city.” They succeeded (and you can read that story in the October issue …

New DNA test for embryos could boost IVF success rates

Data from several clinics in the US suggests that test boosts pregnancy rates by 10 percentage points, although it has not yet been approved for use in the UK<p>A test that checks for abnormal amounts of DNA in IVF embryos has raised pregnancy rates at US fertility clinics that have started to offer …

Genetics

Female cells use RNA to turn off X chromosome

Males have an X and a Y chromosome inside each cell, and females have two X’s. This small difference explains why males are more at risk for a range …

Genetics

Researchers Perform First Surgery on the Human Genome

Ralph Claus Grimm<p>Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang and Justin Sonnenburg<p>Dr. Igor Siwanowicz<p>Daniel H. Miller and Ethan S. Sokol<p>Dr. Giorgio …

Biology

Viruses Can Be Genetically Modified To Transmit Energy

Viral solar panels could be most efficient ever<p>Plants absorb sunlight and convert it to energy with nearly perfect efficiency—none of the energy goes to waste. Electrical engineers are always striving for that kind of efficiency, but nowhere is it more pronounced than in solar panels. Even the best …

My Manic-Depressive Cereal Spoon Just Lost Consciousness

I’ll get to the spoon in a minute. But first I’d like to mention zippers. Because the guy who made the spoon once had a problem with zippers. He thought he could make a better zipper. Here’s what he came up with:<p>OK, the advantage gained may be awkwardly small (or just awkward), but that’s Dominic …

Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

A hidden chemistry lab was unearthed by a worker doing renovations to the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and school officials say the room is directly linked to the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, who helped design the building.<p>The "chemical hearth," which dates back to the …

Probiotic bacteria may aid against anxiety and memory problems

People who took capsules containing <i>Bifidobacterium longum 1714</i> reported less stress and fared better on memory tests, study finds<p>A daily capsule of probiotic bacteria may help people cope with mild anxiety and memory problems, according to a small study of healthy men.<p>Those who took the bug-bearing …

Wellness

3-D Printed Artificial Teeth Could Stop Bacteria

Take a bite out of dental grime<p>Lost a tooth? A new 3D-printed replacement might protect against future cavities. Published earlier this month by researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, “3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins” details a tooth made from materials that kill …

Study reveals why gowns and gloves can be so dangerous for hospital workers

A hospital ought to be the last place to get a life-threatening infection, but it happens. A new study helps explain why.<p>Researchers asked real hospital workers to remove gowns and gloves smeared with fake bacteria. When they did, the fake bacteria wound up on their skin or clothes 46% of the time, …

You can now get a flu vaccine via a 'jet injector,' which shoots it straight into your arm without a needle

A futuristic-looking jet injector can shoot this year's flu vaccine into your arm without a needle.<p>Though it may look like something from a sci-fi …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

DNA detectives win Nobel Prize for cancer cure breakthrough

British based Tomas Lindahl was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for discovering that DNA must be able to repair itself when damaged<p>Scientists who discovered how cells repair damaged DNA, a breakthrough which could lead to a cure for cancer, have won the Nobel Prize for chemistry.<p>Sweden’s …

Stem cells from human skin turned into kidney tissue

Scientists in Australia succeed in growing ‘organoids’ comparable to early stage of a baby’s kidneys that have collecting ducts and filtering units called nephons<p>Human stem cells have been turned into clumps of kidney tissue in a crucial first step towards building new organs for patients in the …

A New Mammal Has Just Been Discovered and It's Called the Hog-Nosed Rat

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Ornithology

Nobel Prize for solving puzzle of ghostly neutrino particles awarded to Japanese and Canadian

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald's breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation<p>A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto …