T. rex’s short arms may have lowered risk of bites during feeding frenzies

Over the two decades paleontologist Kevin Padian taught a freshman seminar called The Age of Dinosaurs, one question asked frequently by undergraduates stuck with him: Why are the arms of…

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Burst of accumulated zinc shows how the mineral boosts immune function, suggesting ways to improve health

Zinc’s immune-boosting properties are well-established, but scientists haven’t known exactly how it works. In a new study published online March 25 in the journal Blood, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center…

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NRL highlights state-of-the-art research at Sea Air Space

WASHINGTON  –  The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will showcase cutting-edge research and technologies during the Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition Sea-Air-Space in exhibit booth #1847 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland,…

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Scientists bioprint tissue-like constructs capable of controlled, complex shape change

Where standard 3D printing uses a digital blueprint to manufacture an object out of materials like plastic or resin, 3D bioprinting manufactures biological parts and tissues out of living cells,…

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Easier, faster assay enables many more laboratories to identify COVID-19 variants

A new study has found that the Novaplex SARS-CoV-2 Variant I, II, and IV real-time PCR assays (from Seegene Technology) can reliably detect SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples and identify known…

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A single gene controls species diversity in an ecosystem

More than 50 years ago on the shoreline of a rocky tide pool, the US ecologist Robert Paine found out that the removal of a single species from an ecosystem…

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New technology solves mystery of respiration in Tetrahymena

Tetrahymena, a tiny single celled-organism, turns out to be hiding a surprising secret: it’s doing respiration — using oxygen to generate cellular energy — differently from other organisms such as…

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How giant viruses mature: New evidence from the medusavirus sheds light

Giant viruses represent a unique group of viruses that are similar in size to small bacteria. Medusavirus — a special type of giant virus — was first isolated from a…

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X-rays help scientists uncover new forms of material using designer DNA

The new method of synthesizing crystals leads researchers to a brand new phase of metal, which may be useful for new technologies. Results were confirmed using the Advanced Photon Source….

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Now fully complete, human genome reveals new secrets

When scientists announced the complete sequence of the human genome in 2003, they were fudging a bit. In fact, nearly 20 years later, about 8% of the genome has never…

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