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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...
DNA test helps solve 25-year-old shark bite mystery

DNA test helps solve 25-year-old shark bite mystery

When Jeff Weakley tweezed open a blister-like bulge on his foot, he was not expecting to find a piece of tooth from a shark...

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...
Godzilla is back and he's bigger than ever

Godzilla is back and he’s bigger than ever

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954. At inception, he was a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly U.S. hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall...

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...

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