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Metabolomes A new way to store data in little space

Metabolomes: A new way to store data in little space

New research shows it’s possible to store image files in solutions of common biological small molecules. The work is toward molecular storage systems that could...

Why humans are so much fatter than chimps, despite sharing 99% of same DNA

The answer may have to do with an ancient shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells. Blame junk food or a lack of...
New gene editor could fix major shortcoming of current CRISPR tech

New gene editor could fix major shortcoming of current CRISPR tech

Scientists at Columbia have developed a gene-editing tool—using jumping genes—that inserts any DNA sequence into the genome without cutting, fixing a major shortcoming of...
Scientists recreate cell division outside a cell for the first time

Scientists recreate cell division outside a cell for the first time

Every living thing moves—prey from predators, ants to crumbs, leaves toward sunlight. But at the most fundamental level, scientists are still struggling to grasp the...

Why is carbon the key to life? On earth, anyway

One element is the backbone of all forms of life we've ever discovered on Earth: carbon. Number six on the periodic table is, to the...
Low ocean oxygen levels can blind sea creatures

Low ocean oxygen levels could blind sea creatures

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have found that low oxygen levels in seawater could blind...

These methane-consuming bacteria could be the future of fuel

New discovery illuminates how bacteria turn methane gas into liquid methanol. Known for their ability to remove methane from the environment and convert it into...
This tyrannosaur relative weighed less than 100 pounds

This Tyrannosaurus rex relative weighed less than 100 pounds

Tyrannosauroid dinosaurs have a long evolutionary history and include iconic giants like Tyrannosaurus rex. This newly discovered species links the small tyrannosauroids from the Early...
Scientists restore some brain functions in a dead pig

Scientists restore some brain functions in a dead pig

In a new study, scientists have restored some functions in a pig's brain four hours after its death. The finding challenges common assumptions about the...
Scientists create artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria

Scientists create artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria

In a new study, Rochester researchers have created artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria. One of the strongest synthetic materials comes from nacre, which is also known...