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An unusual snail named Jeremy finally found a mate. Now he is stuck in a love triangle.

An unusual snail named Jeremy finally found a mate. Now he is stuck in a love triangle. | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The genetically mutated snail's two potential mates took a liking to each other, and now have produced about 170 eggs between them.
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Newly-evolved microbes may be breaking down ocean plastics

Newly-evolved microbes may be breaking down ocean plastics | Popular Science | Scoop.it
There is less plastic in our oceans than expected because life is evolving the ability to biodegrade it, one team is claiming  
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Why do bananas go brown and ripen other fruit? - BBC News

Why do bananas go brown and ripen other fruit? - BBC News | Popular Science | Scoop.it
As experts find a new way of keeping the fruit fresh, we ask why it changes in the first place.
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An unusual snail named Jeremy finally found a mate. Now he is stuck in a love triangle.

An unusual snail named Jeremy finally found a mate. Now he is stuck in a love triangle. | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The genetically mutated snail's two potential mates took a liking to each other, and now have produced about 170 eggs between them.
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Collagen IV and basement membrane at the evolutionary dawn of metazoan tissues

Collagen IV and basement membrane at the evolutionary dawn of metazoan tissues | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Collagen IV and basement membrane at the evolutionary dawn of metazoan tissues | Collagen IV is a primordial extracellular matrix component associated with the transition to animal multicellularity, and enabled the formation and evolution of epithelial tissues.
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What’s Really In Antarctica’s Mysterious Blood Falls

What’s Really In Antarctica’s Mysterious Blood Falls | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The eerily gory waterfall is not in fact made of blood, and a new study shows just what gives it its unique color.
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Homo naledi is only 250,000 years old – here’s why that matters

<i>Homo naledi</i> is only 250,000 years old – here’s why that matters | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The latest species of extinct hominin to be discovered that promised to rewrite our history may have died out as modern humans came about  
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Young human blood makes old mice smarter

Young human blood makes old mice smarter | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Mice treated with a protein from umbilical cord plasma improved their performance on memory tests.
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New solar-powered device can create water out of thin air, even in deserts

New solar-powered device can create water out of thin air, even in deserts | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A device that can create water out of thin air in even arid environments has been invented that could make Coleridge’s famous line “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink” a thing of the past. Using only the power of the sun and a special material with some extraordinary properties, the device is capable of producing 2.8 litres of water in 12 hours. And it can work in conditions where humidity is as low as 20 per cent.
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Giant viruses may just be small viruses that stole hosts’ genes

Giant viruses may just be small viruses that stole hosts’ genes | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Genome sequences found in a waste-water plant seem to question the possibility that giant viruses are a whole new domain of life – but not everyone is convinced
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Diabetes drug could be the first to reverse the disease

Diabetes drug could be the first to reverse the disease | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Rising obesity is leading to a boom in type 2 diabetes. A drug that reverses the condition in obese mice could make it much easier to control the disease
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The lung is a site of platelet biogenesis and a reservoir for haematopoietic progenitorsEmpty title

The lung is a site of platelet biogenesis and a reservoir for haematopoietic progenitorsEmpty title | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Platelets are critical for haemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammatory responses1, 2, but the events that lead to mature platelet production remain incompletely understood3. The bone marrow has been proposed to be a major site of platelet production, although there is indirect evidence that the lungs might also contribute to platelet biogenesis4, 5, 6, 7. Here, by directly imaging the lung microcirculation in mice8, we show that a large number of megakaryocytes circulate through the lungs, where they dynamically release platelets. Megakaryocytes that release platelets in the lungs originate from extrapulmonary sites such as the bone marrow; we observed large megakaryocytes migrating out of the bone marrow space. The contribution of the lungs to platelet biogenesis is substantial, accounting for approximately 50% of total platelet production or 10 million platelets per hour. Furthermore, we identified populations of mature and immature megakaryocytes along with haematopoietic progenitors in the extravascular spaces of the lungs. Under conditions of thrombocytopenia and relative stem cell deficiency in the bone marrow9, these progenitors can migrate out of the lungs, repopulate the bone marrow, completely reconstitute blood platelet counts, and contribute to multiple haematopoietic lineages. These results identify the lungs as a primary site of terminal platelet production and an organ with considerable haematopoietic potential.
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Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing

Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A protein can boost blood stem cells, making them behave like those of younger people. Is it the key to harnessing young blood’s rejuvenating power?
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7 ways to tame your wandering mind and achieve better focus

7 ways to tame your wandering mind and achieve better focus | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Trying to focus but keep getting distracted? From mind-wandering to doodling, the simplest ways to stay on track are not what you expect
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Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.
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Lazarus species: Five cool animals we wrongly believed extinct

Lazarus species: Five cool animals we wrongly believed extinct | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A mysterious elephant, a fungal-apocalypse-surviving frog and a plump, ground-dwelling, nocturnal budgie were all written off before coming back from the dead
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The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate | Popular Science | Scoop.it
"A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it."
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Artificial womb helps premature lamb fetuses grow for 4 weeks

Artificial womb helps premature lamb fetuses grow for 4 weeks | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A fluid-filled plastic bag can help extremely premature lambs to develop and grow – and will be used to support premature babies in three years’ time
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Young human blood makes old mice smarter

Young human blood makes old mice smarter | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Mice treated with a protein from umbilical cord plasma improved their performance on memory tests.
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Quick Tips for Teaching | Office of Graduate Studies | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Tips for teaching for graduate students
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How giant marine reptiles terrorized the ancient seas

How giant marine reptiles terrorized the ancient seas | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Ichthyosaurs were some of the largest and most mysterious predators to ever prowl the oceans. Now they are giving up their secrets.
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Is fruit eating responsible for big brains?

Is fruit eating responsible for big brains? | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Controversial study suggests diet, not social life, drove brain evolution
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Play it Hard - Norman Borlaug 100 Year Tribute

The International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and Biology Fortified have produced a special video tribute to the late Dr. Norma
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