Science

Doctors Are Testing Human Suspended Animation for the First Time

  Science fiction is full of examples of people entering suspended animation or hibernation during a long space journey, but that might not be fiction for much longer. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center are putting people in suspended animation for the first time. There’s no spaceflight involved, …

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Researchers Find Extraterrestrial Sugars in Meteorites

An international team of scientists from Japan and the United States has found ribose and other bioessential sugars in two primitive meteorites, NWA 801 and Murchison. A model of the molecular structure of ribose and an image of the Murchison meteorite. Image credit: Yoshihiro Furukawa. Sugars are indispensable molecules for …

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NASA Confirms Water Vapor Erupting from Europa

  Jupiter’s moon Europa has been the subject of intense study ever since the Voyager probes sent back images of its cracked, icy surface. There’s a strong possibility Europa has a subsurface liquid ocean. Some observations have shown geysers erupting from the moon, but we haven’t been able to verify …

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Paleontologists Unearth Another Giant Penguin in New Zealand

Paleontologists in New Zealand have uncovered a nearly complete skeleton of a giant-sized penguin that swam the oceans about 27 million years ago (Oligocene period). A reconstruction of the Kawhia giant penguin. Image credit: Simone Giovanardi. New Zealand is a key area for understanding the ancient history of penguins. Fossils …

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Genetic Variants Play Role in Our Food Choices: Study

Genetic variants determine whether or not you can tolerate eating certain vegetables, according to new research. TAS2R38 predicted lower consumption of vegetables in people who possessed the PAV haplotype. Image credit: Jerzy Górecki. “Taste matters when it comes to altering your diet. If you aren’t appealing to your tastes when …

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New Dinosaur-Era Bird Discovered in Japan: Fukuipteryx prima

A new genus and species of non-ornithothoracine bird has been identified from bones collected in Japan. Life restoration of Fukuipteryx prima, a primitive bird that lived in what is now Japan about 120 million years ago. Image credit: Masanori Yoshida. The ancient bird lived approximately 120 million years ago during …

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