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By Zach Morrow | Articles related to 8th grade NC science standards

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

Government Advice About Mercury in Seafood Misleading

Nutrition experts agree that fish is a good source of protein and healthy fats, but these health benefits often come with a down side. Many fish …

Nutrition
Viruses

Newly discovered bacteria eats and digests PET plastic

Japanese scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats the plastic commonly found in water and soda bottles.<p>A bacteria that not only eats, but digests, PET plastic has been found by a team of researchers from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio University in Japan.<p>The team went out …

Sustainability
Recycling
Viruses

Can scientists clone extinct Ice Age cave lion?

Scientists from South Korea and Russia want to clone an extinct cave lion from its DNA.<p>They are using the remains of an Ice Age cub found in Russia's Sakha Republic last year.<p>The scientists are carrying out the work at the Joint Foundation of Molecular Palaeontology, at Yakutsk's North East Russia …

Biodiversity

Monster Energy Drink Almost Killed Us, Lawsuits Claim

Consumers say the company should’ve warned them that the caffeine torpedoes could allegedly give them heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. The company says that’s just coincidence.<p>Robert Grim was driving to work when the nausea set in. As his vision blurred, the Arizona resident pulled over …

Parades

Why Don’t We Wipe Mosquitoes Off the Face of the Earth?

It can't be that bad, right?<p><i>This article was written by Mike Jeffries from Northumbria University in Newcastle and was originally published by The</i> …

Viruses
Public Health

Texas Zika case raises concerns that virus can be transmitted sexually

Patient in Texas infected by Zika virus after sexual contact with a partner who had travelled to Venezuela<p>A case of the Zika virus being transmitted between sexual partners reported on Tuesday in Texas has raised new concerns about the transmission of the disease, which is typically spread by …

Gene tweak led to humans’ big toe

Small tweaks of one gene may have helped humans to walk upright.<p>Losing a genetic switch that increases production of a protein called GDF6 may have …

New Report Says Antimicrobial Resistance Will Kill 300 Million by 2050

A new report has predicted that 300 million people will die prematurely by the year 2050 thanks to antimicrobial resistance if measures aren’t taken …

Microbiology

Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation

Expecting a baby with the new year, Iowa State University engineering doctoral student Marty Haverly has been thinking a lot about the climate …

22 earthquakes were reported in Oklahoma yesterday, and fracking could be to blame

Another round of moderate earthquakes rattled an area of northwestern Oklahoma on Wednesday.<p>Two temblors shook the ground about 10:30 p.m. with magnitudes of 4.7 and 4.8. Several smaller quakes also were recorded.<p>At least 22 earthquakes, registering at magnitude-2.5 or more, were reported across …

Zika Virus
Africa

This Mad Scientist Will Clone 100,000 Cows

This year, a Chinese company plans to open a massive factory to clone 100,000 cows. Just how far will this mass reproductive technology go?<p>Two decades after the birth of Dolly the sheep—the world’s first successfully cloned mammal—the year 2016 will likely see the rise of mass-produced animal …

Genetics

Four elements earn permanent seats on the periodic table

The seventh row of the periodic table is officially full.<p>On December 30, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that a …

Chemistry

A terrible environmental disaster is unfolding in Los Angeles — and it's practically invisible

At this very moment, a natural gas well in a quiet, hilly town in northern Los Angeles is spewing hundreds of millions of pounds of methane into the atmosphere.<p>What's worse, workers are not even close to stopping the flow.<p>The leak sprung from a Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) natural gas …

World's first dengue vaccine has been approved in three countries

Brazil, the Philippines, and Mexico<p>Every year, mosquito bites cause up to 400 million dengue infections, which in turn lead to about 22,000 deaths. Until recently, health officials had no way to prevent or even treat the disease, but that's about to change. In the last month, three countries — …

Viruses

Scientists combine coal waste and algae to create a new super-clean fuel

Scientists have discovered a new, clean-burning fuel made from unlikely ingredients: coal dust and algae. Coalgae is easy to produce, low in cost, …

Biomass
Clean Energy

Mosquitoes engineered to pass down genes that would wipe out their species

'Gene drive' that spreads infertility could eliminate mosquitoes that transmit malaria in Africa.<p>The mosquito that is responsible for most of the …

Public Health

Common Pesticides Linked to Decreased Lung Function in Children

A common type of pesticide used in agriculture may contribute to decreased lung function in children, making it harder for them to breathe and …

Agriculture
Genetics

Scientists Hooked Up an Inflatable Bag to a Cow Stomach. The Timelapse Video Is Insane.

Cows are gassy beasts. And this gas is bad for the planet. Last year, my colleague Josh Harkinson detailed just how dangerous this gas has become in …

Climate