Tag: Biology

New 3D printed corneas could save millions of people’s vision

Researchers have spent decades exploring methods to 3D print organs for transplant but progress is slow due to the complex structure of, say, a kidney or pancreas. Precise Bio, a startup founded by scientists from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, claim that the first real success will come from 3D-printed corneas. They’ve already conducted […]

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Liverworts contain psychoactive cannabinoid

A new molecular study shows that a compound called perrotetinene in certain species of liverworts is actually a psychoactive cannabanoid. From Science News: A group of Japanese scientists in 1994 discovered perrotetinene in liverworts, but the new study is the strongest evidence yet that the compound is a psychoactive cannabinoid. Previously, cannabis was the only […]

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Brain scans might one day tell you if you’re bad at your job

Losing out on a job opportunity because someone else looked better in an interview or had a more detailed resume can be pretty frustrating, but what if employers could actually determine who would be better at a skill-based job before actually hiring someone? A new study published in Science Advances describes how brain scanning technology […]

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Certain female termites decide they don’t need no stinkin’ males to reproduce

There are obviously lots and lots of species in the animal kingdom that require both a male and female for reproduction, but not all of them. Asexual reproduction is a well-documented natural phenomenon by which creatures can produce offspring without needing a partner. Now, a new species has been added to the list of creatures […]

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Scientists are trying to figure out why sharks keep gathering in the middle of nowhere every single year

Being some of the most dangerous creatures in Earth’s oceans, sharks have been the subject of extensive study for many, many years. Scientists know a lot about their diet, behavior, and even what causes the sharks to sometimes mistakenly attack humans. Despite all this, one big question remains: Why do so many sharks travel to […]

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Use VR to travel through a duck’s amazing vagina

The internet is perpetually amused and fascinated by the crazy, corkscrewing duck penis, but commonsense dictates that if fella ducks have crazy willies, then lady ducks will have equally amazing hoo-hahs. Science educator Jules Howard created the VR Duck Genitalia Explorer for Google Cardboard as a way to restore balance to the duckiverse, […]

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How do trees talk to each other?

Trees “talk” to each other in forests. They are part of underground networks based on symbiotic relationships, known as mycorrhiza, with fungi. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the mushroom. (National Geographic) <!– David Pescovitz David Pescovitz is Boing Boing’s co-editor. On Instagram, he’s @pesco. –> This broadclub cuttlefish like to prowl […]

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These bizarre ancient creatures looked like huge aquatic plants, but they were actually animals

Fossil hunting isn’t quite as cut-and-dry as you might think it is. Finding the leftovers of a creature that lived a hundred million years ago is exciting, and while dinosaurs and many plants are relatively easy to identify based on their remains, creatures from even farther back in Earth’s history have left scientists scratching their […]

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Octopuses aren’t psychic or alien, but they are weird—and possibly increasing in numbers

As The Atlantic, appropriately enough, reported last year, octopuses have their surface weirdness … Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They are incredibly intelligent, […]

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Implantable 3D printed organs could be coming sooner than you think

At MBC Biolabs, an incubator for biotech startups in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, a team of scientists and interns working for the small startup Prellis Biologics have just taken a big step on the path toward developing viable 3D printed organs for humans. The company, which was founded in 2016 by research scientists Melanie Matheu […]

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That beluga whale certainly doesn’t have legs. Here’s what it does have.

Beluga whales aren’t hiding legs under their thick, rubbery skin. But a popular image of a surfacing beluga has for years created the curious illusion of a whale with legs and knees.  The image, which excites the web from time to time, has recently turned up again. These symmetrical, bone-like features surely aren’t legs, but […]

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