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Living Stem Cells Survive in Corpse 17 Days After Death

How long do stem cells in your body last after death? New research by histologist and neuropathologist Fabrice Chrétien shows that stem cells can last much longer without oxygen and nutrients than previously thought: Apparently [...]

Scientists to drill down to Earth’s mantle

For the first time scientists will drill all the way to the Earth’s mantle to retrieve valuable samples. The project is not without its complications …

Good News! Scientists Make Progress on Mind Control

The roundworm caenorhabditis elegans is about 1 mm long when fully grown. Over time, scientists have mapped every cell in its body, including all 302 neurons in the brain and the approximately 5,000 connections between them. The brain is small enough that they’re even able to control the worm’s actions: A team at Harvard University has [...]

Will Science Conquer Tooth Decay?

I’m cavity-prone. It doesn’t seem to matter how often I brush (twice a day) or floss (once) or visit the dentist for cleanings (every 4-6 months), I still end up with cavities. It’s my genes, I’m told. There’s not much I can do but follow my dentist’s advice and cross my fingers. Now that may [...]

Giant extra-galactic planet discovered

For the first time scientists have observed a planet that originated outside our own galaxy. Situated 2,000 light years from Earth this new planet was…

NASA Levitates Mouse Using Magnetic Fields

Charles Q. Choi of Live Science writes that scientists working for NASA used a superconducting magnet that simulates some of the effects of gravity to lift a mouse into the air. The agency has been working on such technology in the hope of alleviating the bone decay that would affect astronauts in zero-gravity environments for [...]