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Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light

Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Researchers at Johns Hopkins pulled it off, they reported in a paper published recently in Nature Communications. They cultivated a three-dimensional complement of retinal tissue, including functioning photoreceptor cells that responded to light, from induced pluripotent stem cells.

“We have basically created a miniature human retina in a dish that not only has the architectural organization of the retina but also has the ability to sense light,” said Valeria Canto-Soler, the senior author and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins medical school.

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Lurking in the Deep

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Divers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef recently snapped rare pictures of a wobbegong, or carpet shark, swallowing a bamboo shark whole.

 

The diversity of life on this planet and the ecosystems which such creatures live in is something that continually leaves me in awe at the wonders of the natural world.


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Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, September 1, 2014 10:38 AM

This article reminds me of another video i've seen recently of a grouper fish swallowing a 4-foot black tip shark whole. A fisherman caught that on camera while trying to reel in the shark. Time and time again I'm reminded that not everything in nature is as it seems and that the unexpected should be expected. 

This makes me want to buy some scuba gear and take some diving classes, I ought to conquer my fear of sharks by safely observing them with a research team! 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 4:36 PM

Amazing photos, there are so many different kinds of life that exists in the Ocean. As the Great Barrier Reef falls victim to climate change and pollution, the number of species at risk is almost calculable. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 16, 2014 1:26 PM

Australia's marine life is amazing, being able to hide by blending in to their environment is a testament to the waters that Australia has. The diverse wildlife of Australia waters is shown to be an adaptive bunch and begs the question: How many more animals are out there that we do not know of?

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Absurd Creature of the Week: Burrowing Botfly Grows Huge Feasting on Your Flesh

Absurd Creature of the Week: Burrowing Botfly Grows Huge Feasting on Your Flesh | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This week’s creature is a spine-covered parasitic larva that burrows into living human beings, feeding on their flesh and growing positively plump.
    
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Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun

Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Without a doubt my most popular posts have consistently been science websites. Below, I have combined all the science websites that I have shared so far and have added nine new ones. Whether you have been following my blog, or if this is your first time, I promise you will find many great resources for your students."


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 2014 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 2014 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth Brookfield's curator insight, April 8, 2014 5:35 AM

Must check a few of these out...

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Monsters of the deep: Tiny sea creatures that never see sunlight look like they're from another planet

Monsters of the deep: Tiny sea creatures that never see sunlight look like they're from another planet | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
New images of the extraordinary animals living on the Earth's deepest oceans, which could shed light on the existence of alien life, have been released by scientists.
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Kids love the strange and natural! It gets them thinking about adaptation and physiology and even behavior.

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First Evidence of Leopard Eating a Chimp Found : DNews

First Evidence of Leopard Eating a Chimp Found : DNews | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chimps have been known to eat leopard cubs. Scientists now have DNA evidence of a leopard dining on a chimp.
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