Artist interpretation of K2-18b, super-Earth exoplanet

Large Earthlike Planet Could Have Life-Sustaining Qualities

March 5, 2020

A planet 124 light years away may have habitable environmental conditions, “USA Today” reported. The planet in question, which is several times the size of Earth, was first discovered in 2015. Multiple factors must align to support our species. […]

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Stitches Made of Human Skin Possible with Biotechnology Advancement

February 10, 2020

Spools of yarn grown from human skin could serve as surgical stitches, CNN reported February 5. While most stitches self-dissolve or must be removed, this new technological type of stitches would be absorbed by the body. Biotechnology is the basis for this new medical development. […]

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Lab Produces 3-D Printed Vocal Tract, and Sound from a Mummy

February 4, 2020

A 3,000-year-old mummy has spoken again thanks to modern science, “Nature” reported. The ancient remains were preserved well enough that the vocal cords were reproduced by scientists, producing a vowel-like sound. Preserved vocal chords are one unexpected benefit of ancient Egyptian mummification. […]

NASA Maryland headquarters

NASA Intern Becomes Planet Finder Third Day on the Job

January 31, 2020

A 17-year-old NASA intern, Wolf Cukier,discovered a planet on his third day on the job, NASA reported recently. Cukier’s summer internship was at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Exoplanet hunting has had major successes only in the last 25 years. […]

Image of the lab with a vat producing Solein.

Microbe- and Air-Based Protein Could Be the Food of the Future

January 15, 2020

A Finnish company has crafted a new protein from air, water, and electricity, “The Huffington Post” reported last week. Living microbes are grown in a lab and fed nutrients from the air to produce an edible protein powder. Will people in future generations thrive on it? […]

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Human Brain Senses Touch outside the Body, Study Shows

January 3, 2020

As the human brain senses where we touch a held object, it can also pinpoint the exact location of where that object then touches another object, “Science Alert” reported Monday. Mapped neural activity shows our efforts to discern where an object that we’re holding makes physical contact with something else. We experience the sense of touch through a complex network of cells. […]

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