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An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found – They Make Blood

Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don’t just facilitate respiration – they also play a key role in blood production. In experiments … Continue reading

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Cell Division Time lapse

If you’ve ever wondered what cell division actually looks like, this incredible time-lapse by francischeefilms on YouTube gives you the best view we’ve ever seen, showing a real-life tadpole egg dividing from four cells into several million in the space … Continue reading

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Human Y and X chromosomes

The Y chromosome has the least amount of genes in all the human genome. With a 30% difference between humans and chimpanzees, the Y chromosome is one of the fastest evolving parts of the human genome. To date, over 200 … Continue reading

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It could only take 28 years to travel 2.54 million light years!

While it takes light approximately 2.54 million years to traverse the gulf of space between Earth and, for instance, the Andromeda Galaxy, it would take a much shorter amount of time from the point of view of a traveler at … Continue reading

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Formula 1 Starts This Week – Go Go Go!

With Formula 1 starting next weekend I thought you might like a look at the changes to this years cars – Jim – Deskarati

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (A)

This year is the 200 anniversary of the death of the novelist, Jane Austen, (1775- 1817) and there will be many celebratory offerings on radio, television, and the printed media. I offer this appreciation for the readers of Deskarati, being … Continue reading

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Neuroscientist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty

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Will circular runways ever take off?

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Visualising the genome: researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA

For the first time, scientists have been able to model the physical structure of mammalian genomes from individual cells, giving us a unique 3D perspective on how DNA packages itself inside our cells. Through the new technique, scientists can see how … Continue reading

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Google’s new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces

Google’s neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of “enhancing” an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data. The neural network could be … Continue reading

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Scientists Need You to Solve This Chess Problem and Find the Key to Human Consciousness

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… Sir Roger Penrose wants to figure out if we’ve been looking at consciousness the wrong way all this time. Our brains are so often compared to computers, but in his 1989 book, The Emperor’s New Mind, Sir Penrose argues … Continue reading

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Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

This animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Feng Zhang, a leader in the development of this technology, is a … Continue reading

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As Moore’s law ends, brain-like computers begin

For five decades, Moore’s law held up pretty well: Roughly every two years, the number of transistors one could fit on a chip doubled, all while costs steadily declined. Today, however, transistors and other electronic components are so small they’re … Continue reading

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Thank you Neil Turock for the inspiration

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Unlucky for some?

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Neanderthals ‘self-medicated’ for pain

Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth. One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may also have been using penicillin, long … Continue reading

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Gray’s Anatomy

Gray’s Anatomy is an English-language textbook of human anatomy originally written by Henry Gray and illustrated by Henry Vandyke Carter. Earlier editions were called Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical and Gray’s Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied, but the book’s name is commonly … Continue reading

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How Fast a Rocket Has to Launch From Each Planet in the Solar System

Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave. Satellites fight gravity by going just fast enough to free-fall around the planet indefinitely, like the International Space Station, with many travelling … Continue reading

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Skeleton Typogram

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Very creative skeleton typogram by Aaron Kuehn

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The True Story of a Man Who Survived Without Any Food for 382 Days

Most people can survive without food for at least a few weeks, maybe a bit longer. Eventually, however, starvation kills. Yet the limits on how long people can go without eating are complicated; without water people are unlikely to last a … Continue reading

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