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Look at These Beautiful Little Corals Grown Like Ice Lollies in a Lab

Coral sex is a wonder to behold. On a summer night, always around a full moon, corals somehow all know to release billions of sperm and eggs into the sea, turning the water into a pink miasma of sex. This spawning relies on precise environmental cues, which could get scrambled in climate change. That's why researchers are trying to get them to spawn in the lab. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Cloned Embryos From Adult Cells for the First Time Ever

Ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned eighteen years ago, scientists have been trying and failing to use that same technique to create cloned human embryos from adult cells. Now, they've finally succeeded, in what could a major step toward personalised organ transplants and other therapies that rely on a pool of stem cells. Read More >>

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Gardener Claims He Hasn't Watered His Flourishing Biosphere Since 1972

If you can't raise a plant to save your life you know the appeal of terrariums, which can sustain themselves for months on end without being watered. But a retiree from Surrey says he sealed up his bottle garden in 1972—and hasn't watered it since. Read More >>

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What Happens to Bacteria in Space?

In the otherwise barren space 220 miles above Earth's surface, a capsule of life-sustaining oxygen and water orbits at 17,000 miles per hour. You might know this capsule as the International Space Station (ISS), currently home to six humans—and untold billions of bacteria. Microbes have always followed us to the frontiers, but it's only now that scientists at NASA and elsewhere are seriously investigating what happens when we bring Earth's microbes into space. Read More >>

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This Amoeba Eats Human Intestines, Cell by Cell

It might look positively adorable in this image, but don't be fooled: this pathogen, known as Entamoeba histolytica, eats human intestines alive, cell by cell. Read More >>

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Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Could Be Damaging Your DNA

Masses of products—from cosmetics to clothing—now contain nanoparticles, to kill microbes, lengthen shelf life or provide other wonderful properties. But new research from MIT and Harvard suggests they could also be damaging your DNA. Read More >>

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First Ever Lab-Grown Muscle That Can Heal Itself in Living Creatures

Anyone who's ever torn a muscle will be grateful for that fact that the fibres can repair themselves. But now, researchers have developed lab-grown muscle that can achieve the exact same thing. Read More >>

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Stem Cell Researchers Just Figured Out How to Create New Embryos

A team of researchers from the University of Virginia just made scientific history: They figured out how to turn stem cells into full blown fish embryos. In other words, scientists can now control embryonic development, a key to being able to grow organs and even entire organism from stem cells. Read More >>

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During a Transplant Does the Donor’s DNA Integrate Into the Host?

Depending on the type of donation, the DNA stays for a short time, a long while—or maybe even forever. Read More >>

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This Amazing Flexible Heart Cover Could Replace Pacemakers for Good

This amazing 3D piece of silicone dotted with electronics looks like something out of the future—because it is. In fact, this potential pacemaker replacement fits over the human heart and is capable of monitoring and, soon, responding to, its vital signs. Read More >>

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How Malaria Defeats Our Drugs

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports. Read More >>

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How Testosterone Makes You Hairy

Male or female, most of us have body hair—some far, far more than others. This video explains how testosterone fuels the growth of hair all over your body. Read More >>

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MIT's Living E. Coli Materials Could Provide Self-Aware Surfaces

Researchers at MIT have been busy creating a new type of biofilms—sheets of living E. Coli cells combined with materials such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots—that could provide large, self-aware surfaces. Read More >>

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These Eerily Accurate Mugshots Were Created From DNA Alone

Everyone knows that DNA can be invaluable when it comes to solving crimes. But now genetic analysis can be used to generate incredibly precise mugshots of criminals, too. Read More >>

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Five Pieces of Sleep Science You Need to Know

If you can't catch more shuteye than usual, here are the five most important things you need to know in order to make the resting hours you do get count. Read More >>

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Why Toothpaste Makes Things Taste So Awful

You may think it might be the common mint flavour of toothpaste clashing with other flavours, but in the case of orange juice and many other things, this isn't actually what's going on. The culprit here is thought to be two compounds almost universally added to toothpastes: sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, which are anionic surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of water. Read More >>

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