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Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are important immature blood cells in bone marrow that can be triggered to develop into any blood cell type. HSC transplants can be used to treat conditions where bone marrow is damaged and no longer...

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Digital reconstruction of the ancient club moss Asteroxylon mackieiMatt Humpage, Northern Rogue Studios A 400-million-year-old fossil reveals that, unlike most modern plants, some of the earliest land plants didn’t have leaves radiating out at angles that follow the Fibonacci...

Cat Noses Contain Twisted Labyrinths That Help Them Separate Smells

When it comes to a keen sense of smell, dogs get all the glory. But cats have a pretty well-developed sniffer, too—and a new study may explain how it works. Researchers created a computational model of...

The Kavli Prize Presents: How Your Brain Maps the World

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Failed antibiotic now a game changing weed killer for farmers

Weed killers of the future could soon be based on failed antibiotics. A molecule which was initially developed to treat tuberculosis but failed to progress out of the lab as an antibiotic is now showing promise as a powerful...

Should you buy a Fitbit this Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day has rolled around again with fantastic discounts soon to be available on everything from Fitbits to headphones, and from air purifiers to treadmills. If you’ve been holding out for low prices on a particular model of...

The Mediterranean Diet: Good for your health and your hip

We've heard it time and time again -- the Mediterranean diet is great for our health. But despite the significant health benefits of this eating plan, a common deterrent is often the expected costs, especially when budgets are tight....

Why Scientists Must Stand for Affirmative Action and against Scientific

Editor’s Note (6/29/23): On June 29 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned universities' ability to consider race in admissions. In this October 2022 opinion piece, two researchers reflect on scientists' responsibility to combat racism and defend affirmative action. ...

Sunspot numbers hit 20-year high, indicating the sun is fast

A time-lapse image of all the sunspots that appeared on the sun in June 2023. (Made using data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.) (Image credit: Şenol Şanlı)The sun is partying like it's 2002. The number of observed sunspots on...

Watch thousands of lightning bolts crackle over Europe in stunning

Stunning first videos from a new space-borne instrument designed to improve the monitoring of thunderstorms show the crackle of lightning over Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean.The images were taken by the Meteosat-12 satellite operated by the European Organisation...

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