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When microbiomes collide

Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) -- the transfer of lower intestinal fluids and microbes from one individual to another -- is sometimes used to treat inflammatory gut diseases, including ulcerative colitis and bacterial infections. Although a form of it was...

Discovery of extinct prehistoric reptile that lived among dinosaurs

Smithsonian researchers have discovered a new extinct species of lizard-like reptile that belongs to the same ancient lineage as New Zealand's living tuatara. A team of scientists, including the National Museum of Natural History's curator of Dinosauria Matthew Carrano...

How songbirds’ striking colors put them at risk

Bright, uniquely colored songbirds are at higher risk of extinction and more likely to be traded as pets, according to researchers reporting in Current Biology on September 15. The researchers also predict that almost 500 additional bird species, most...

Don’t Miss: NASA’s first steps toward new moon mission via

  NASA/MSFC Watch Artemis 1 is NASA’s test of its Orion capsule, Space Launch System rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center. Register for free to see it launch en route for the moon at 1.33pm BST/8.33am...

Writing Gaia review: The letters of James Lovelock and Lynn

Nearly forty years of letters between the two scientists who co-developed the paradigm-changing Gaia hypothesis make for fascinating, humanising reading ...

Dogs Actually Tear Up When Their Owners Come Home

Karen Hopkin: This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin. After an exhausting day at the office, it’s hard not to smile when you’re greeted by a delirious display of uncontrolled canine joy. ...

Short animations could ‘inoculate’ YouTube users against fake news

Having short pre-video animations on YouTube about the tactics used to spread misinformation could help stop the proliferation of conspiracy theories ...

Nerve healing: Neighboring cells become police force

Schwann cells are known to protect and repair nerve cells. Until now, however, it was not known that they themselves take over functions of certain immune cells during nerve healing. For example, they produce signaling molecules that can activate...

Climate ‘points of no return’ may be much closer than

A new study has warned that irreversible climate "tipping points" are more numerous and close to being triggered than previously thought. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in new tab)Climate tipping points — the "points of no return" past which key...

Best yoga mats 2022: Save money and add style with

The best yoga mats should keep keen yogis journeying to yoga nirvana for years to come, but finding your perfect match isn’t always an easy task. We put some of the best yoga (opens in new tab) mat brands to...
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