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Strange life has been found trapped inside these giant cave crystals

Strange microbes have been found inside the massive, subterranean crystals of Mexico's Naica Mine, and researchers suspect they've been living there for up to 50,000 years.


Scientists have figured out how our brains sharpen our memories while we sleep

We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists have long understood that our memories rely on connections being built between neurons in our brains, it's not been clear how sleep actually helps to consolidate that information.



Now, two new studies have found biological evidence that expains the age-old wisdom that if we want to remember, we need to sleep to forget.


Bill Nye: Evolution Denial Hurts Innovation in Science and Technology - Video

Bill Nye:  Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science. So if we raise a generation of science students who don’t understand the main idea in biology they’re going to be incompletely educated students and this is going to be trouble for the United States because the United States keeps in the game economically by innovating – having new ideas, new products, new ways of doing things. That’s what the United States produces and brings to the world. And if we raise a significant fraction of our students who don’t understand...

Tardigrades: The Micro World Meets the Macro World

Tardigrades are some of the most resilient creates on our planet. They are able to survive extreme situations by going into a sort of hibernation. These beings offer hope for finding life on other (more desolate) worlds in our solar system.


First Genetic Results From Scott Kelly's Year In Space Reveal DNA Mysteries

After recent events, we’re all ready to hop aboard the next flight to Mars. But before us Earthlings embark on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, we need to understand how the harsh conditions of space can affect our bodies.


First human-pig 'chimera' created in milestone study | Science

Scientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants.



It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced. The creation of this so-called chimera – named after the cross-species beast of Greek mythology – has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers and kidneys from scratch.


This new 3D printer makes life-sized ear, muscle, and bone tissues from living cells - ScienceAlert

For the first time, scientists have used a 3D printer to produce life-sized body parts and tissues using living cells as the 'ink'. Not only are these structures large and sturdy enough to be a viable replacement for the real thing - something that previous bioprinters have failed to do - they're personalised and functional, not a 'one size fits all' cosmetic add-on.

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