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DNA data storage takes a leap forward with ‘Doris’

Scientists have developed a fundamentally new approach to DNA data storage systems. The new approach gives users the ability to read or modify data files...

Armor on butterfly wings could protect against heavy rain

A study of high-speed raindrops hitting biological surfaces such as feathers, plant leaves and insect wings reveals how these highly water-repelling veneers reduce the...

Origins of COVID-19 still a mystery, new study shows

In a new study, researchers found that the highly-infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus is most ideally adapted to infect human cells—rather than bat or pangolin cells In...

Scientists find COVID-19 path from animals to humans

In a new study, researchers examined the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They found that it was especially well-suited...

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for...

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%,...

New evidence of stray dogs as possible origin of COVID-19 pandemic

In a new study, researchers found new evidence of stray dogs as a possible origin of COVID-19 pandemic. They traced coronavirus across different species and...

What do soap bubbles and butterflies have in common

Edith Smith bred a bluer and shinier Common Buckeye at her butterfly farm in Florida, but it took UC Berkeley, graduate student Rachel Thayer...

In Earth’s largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover

The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Peri od 252 million years ago -- one of the great turnovers of life on...

Missing link in coronavirus jump from bats to humans could be pangolins, not snakes

As scientists scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, two recent studies of the virus' genome reached controversial conclusions: namely, that snakes are...

Evolutionary elements arrived on Earth much later than thought

A large proportion of the elements carbon and nitrogen, as well as the compound water, were not delivered to Earth until very late in...

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