Anniversary of Dolly the Cloned Sheep

Today is the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic (non-reproductive) cell using the process of nuclear transfer. Dolly was the only lamb to survive of 277 attempts at the time, but cloning is now much more efficient. Cloning may be useful in bringing back endangered or even extinct species in the future.

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Science News – July 2nd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists grew vegetable and cereal plants in soil that was formulated to resemble the soil of Mars, and found that the crops were safe to eat did not have dangerous levels of heavy metals. This raises hopes for future colonization of Mars. Read more from Phys.org here.

Second, scientists have discovered that a gas field in Tanzania contains over six times the world’s current supply of Helium, so we may not run out of the element, which has important medical and industrial applications, as soon as we thought. Read more from Wired here.

Third, a newly discovered species of tarantula has a unique defense mechanism. Rather than launching barbed utricating hairs at attackers like other tarantulas, the new species makes contact with its enemy and jabs the hairs in directly. Read more from the New York Times here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science News – June 25th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, pink snow in the Arctic caused by algae may be speeding up Arctic melting. The algae darkens the snow which causes it to melt faster. Read more from the Washington Post here.

Second, research has found that some genes become active after death and may remain so for days. This knowledge could have applications in determining time of death, understanding evolution, and has implications for organ transplants as well. Read more from Science Magazine here.

Third, NASA has discovered that Earth has another object orbiting it besides the moon. A small asteroid that orbits the sun also circles the Earth, and is now considered a quasi-satellite of our planet. Read more from the Huffington Post here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science Quote – Louis Pasteur on Knowledge as the Torch which Illuminates the World

Spread knowledge, illuminate the world!

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Science News – June 3rd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry has revealed that a dagger found in the tomb of King Tut was made from a meteorite. The blade has resisted rust and age and its origin had been a puzzle until now. Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Second, scientists have outlined a plan to create an entire synthetic human genome in the lab. This could lead to medical breakthroughs, but it raises many concerns and would be a daunting task. Read more from NPR here.

Third, the Hubble telescope has taken measurements that conflict with studies of the left over radiation from the Big Bang, and show the Universe is expanding 5 to 9% faster than previously thought. The reason for the discrepancy is not yet known but may have something to do with unknown subatomic particles or with dark energy. Read more from the Guardian here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science News – May 27th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists entered the Bruniquel Cave in southern France, which had been sealed off for thousands of years, and found mysterious semicircles of stalagmites and evidence of fires that had been created by Neanderthals. Uranium dating shows the rings were stacked up 175,000 years ago, which makes them among the oldest structures created by our human relatives ever found. What the purpose of the structures was is still a mystery. Do you have a theory? Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Second, astronomers using the world’s most powerful telescope and a gravitational lensing technique were able to detect the faintest galaxy of the early universe yet found. The galaxy was born just after the Big Bang and appears to us as it was 13 Billion years ago. Read more from Phys.org here.

Third, the American military has reported the first instance of a bacteria resistant to colistin, a drug considered the last resort in killing superbugs. Although resistant to this last resort drug, the bacteria in this case was luckily not resistant to a class of drugs called carbapenems, and the patient who was carrying the bacteria is now well. However, if bacteria that are resistant to carbapenems are also able to acquire the resistance to colistin they may be unstoppable. Read more from the New York Times here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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New John Oliver Video on Science!

“Science is by its nature imperfect, but it is hugely important and it deserves better than to be twisted out of proportion and turned into morning show gossip.” A hilarious but informative new talk by John Oliver on how science is misrepresented and sensationalized. Check it out –> https://youtu.be/0Rnq1NpHdmw

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Design Release – “The Brain”

“The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess. Its billions of nerve cells-called neurons-lie in a tangled web that displays cognitive powers far exceeding any of the silicon machines we have built to mimic it.” – William F. Allman. This quote is part of our new design, featuring a brain preserved in a jar of sickly liquid. Our brains are amazing and mysterious, and a little creepy too! Available now in our online store!

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