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We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

Daniel Kolitz | 
First: Could we populate another planet with genetically modified organisms? Second: Should we? … Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology ...
Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ed Cara | 
[A new] disease, caused by the Chapare virus, killed three people and is thought to have sickened at least five during [an] ...
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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

George Dvorsky | 
A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

Alyse Stanley | 
The difference between a healthy person’s cough and the cough of someone infected with [SARS-CoV-2] is so slight that it’s ...
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Plant-based burgers….now milk? Impossible Foods aims to make realistic dairy alternative without cows

Andrew Liszewski | 
.... Impossible Foods, makers of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based meat alternatives, are working on another food replacement that ...
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Slideshow: Canine COVID detectors soon may be coming to an airport or business near you

Jody Serrano | 
There are various ongoing efforts to train sniffer dogs to detect covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. If dogs prove to be reliable in detecting ...
‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

Ed Cara | 
Nootropics, also called smart drugs, have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the supplement industry. They’re marketed as products that can ...
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Now mostly desert, what was Arabia like when humans migrated out of Africa?

George Dvorsky | 
Prior to the last ice age, somewhere between 112,000 and 122,000 years ago, two humans, possibly three, walked south along the shore ...
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Magic tricks can help us better understand animal intelligence

George Dvorsky | 
[A]s a new Science: Perspectives article points out, it’s not just humans who get fooled by magic tricks. Many species of animals ...
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Why it will be so difficult to develop a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction

Ed Cara | 
[P]atients taking opioids for chronic pain can produce antibodies to the drugs, which could help explain some of the side-effects ...
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Wooly rhinos driven to extinction by climate change not human hunters

George Dvorsky | 
The reign of woolly rhinos, which lasted for millions of years, came to an abrupt end some 14,000 years ago, ...
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Medieval medicine resurrected: Could a 1,000 year old potion help fight bacterial infections?

George Dvorsky | 
Garlic, onion, wine, and a dash of bovine bile. It’s a veritable witch’s brew, but as a new Scientific Reports paper shows, this ...
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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

George Dvorsky | 
Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...

Science around coronavirus reinfection remains unsettled

Ed Cara | 
[A] Vox article written by a primary care doctor in Washington D.C. laid out an imminent and frightening pandemic scenario, based on ...
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Mystery inflammation syndrome connected to COVID-19 in children results in brain damage

Ed Cara | 
[Children with COVID-19] can suffer everything from headaches to muscle weakness, along with visible signs of damage to the brain ...
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Space-thriving bacteria hold key to quickly and cheaply producing innovative polio vaccine

Matthew Phelan | 
[Molecular biologist Mike] Daly has been investigating ways to apply the lessons learned from this bacteria’s unique radiation resistance to ...
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Plants are conscious? Some evidence says yes, but not all experts are convinced

Sofia Quaglia | 
Plants are conscious, according to LINV director Stefano Mancuso, an arboriculture professor at the University of Florence. Mancuso’s case for ...
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Extraterrestrial alert: 737 places where aliens might be hiding

George Dvorsky | 
The Exotica Catalog was put together by researchers from Breakthrough Listen, a decade-long program seeking to find signs of intelligent ...
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We’ve successfully flattened the curve. Now get ready for an ‘agonizing’ COVID-19 plateau

Ed Cara | 
As the summer gets into full swing and much of the country lifts its restrictions on distancing… it’s important to ...
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‘A misunderstanding’: WHO backtracks on claim that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is ‘very rare’

Ed Cara | 
The World Health Organization held a press conference on Tuesday [June 9] to clarify a surprising announcement it made a ...
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DNA from 14,000-year-old tooth offers oldest known link between Native Americans and southern Siberia

George Dvorsky | 
A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living ...
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Challenging evolutionary psychology: Philosopher attacks the field’s underlying scientific foundation

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
It’s not often that a paper attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what ...
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Does the coronavirus ‘linger in the air’ long enough be dangerous? Why we can’t answer that question.

Ed Cara | 
Scientists are debating a key aspect of the coronavirus that causes covid-19: whether the virus lingers in the air for ...
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What’s real? Why ‘false memories’ are trouble for police, juries and judges

Ed Cara | 
In 2015, memory researcher and psychologist Julia Shaw and her co-author published a study on false memories. Over the course ...
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Gene editing might help restore extinct plants used as food, medicine and perfume thousands of years ago

Jed Oelbaum | 
We debate the ethics of reviving extinct species like the passenger pigeon or woolly mammoth, with scientists clamoring to make some ...
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Colonizing other planets could be the key to humanity’s long-term survival

George Dvorsky | 
Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate ...
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Second person cured of HIV after experimental stem cell transplant

Ed Cara | 
A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for ...
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Anxious dog? Here are some things that may be stressing your furry friend

George Dvorsky | 
Nearly three out of four dogs exhibit some kind of serious behavioral problem related to anxiety, according to a survey involving nearly ...
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