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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...
Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists have demonstrated a new source of food for early life on the planet. Life on Earth relies on the availability of critical elements such...
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...
Scientists develop a biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

Scientists develop a biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

In a new study, researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells and created a biosynthetic dual-core cell computer. The finding is a...
World’s oldest fish shows how ancient skull evolved

World’s oldest fish shows how ancient skull evolved

In a new study, researchers found new information about how ancient skull and brain evolved. They studied one of the world's oldest types of fish,...
Scientists find earliest life may have arisen in ponds

Scientists find earliest life may have arisen in ponds

In a new study, researchers have discovered that earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans. Primitive ponds may have provided a more suitable...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...