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Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered

The discovery of a new shape of brain cell has neuroscientists scratching their heads over what the function of these neurons might be.<p>Though neurons …

Biofuels: E Coli Modified To Make Engine-Ready Propane

<i>E coli</i> bacteria have been genetically modified to produce engine-ready propane for the first time.<p>“This opens up possibilities for future sustainable production of renewable fuels that at first could complement, and thereafter replace fossil fuels like diesel, petrol, natural gas and jet fuel,” …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Gel plumps up spine's shock absorbers - Futurity

DUKE (US) — A new biomaterial that changes from a liquid to a gel after …

Physiology

New Map Shows Where Nature Protects U.S. Coast

Coastal habitats like reefs and marshes protect people from natural disasters—in the right locations.<p><b>Real estate is all about location, and coastal reefs and wetlands now look like especially attractive neighbors.</b><p>Americans looking to buy seaside property would do well to study the first ever …

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …