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‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise incapable of movement. Show More Summary

Need some cuttles?

We’ve got you covered. Ten new common cuttlefish are making themselves at home in our Tentacles special exhibition! A young cuttlefish peeks out from the seagrass. At just eight months old, the cuttlefish are a bit shy and frequently...Show More Summary

Queensland Residents Asked to Stay “CrocWise”

One Fatality and Another Person Badly Wounded in Separate Crocodile Attacks The Estuarine crocodile that fatally attacked a spear fisherman in the far north of Queensland (Australia) has been caught and killed according to local officials.  Warren Hughes (35), was attacked at Palmer Point, near Innisfail, south of Cairns last Saturday.  His empty dinghy and

Dinosaur Egg Thief Suspect Arrested in China

Chinese Authorities Make Arrests in "Crack Down" on Dinosaur Egg Thieves Official Chinese State media has reported the arrest of a man accused of stealing dozens of fossilised dinosaur eggs.  A number of specimens have been recovered but many more are, as yet, unaccounted for.  China has some of the strictest regulations and laws in

Camponotus: A Sugary High

I think I may have said before that Australia is the land of ants. When travelling in Australia's arid regions (i.e. most of the continent), ants are often the most visible animals about. Perhaps the most visible of all Australia's ants are the meat ants (Iridomyrmex), but not too far behind them are the sugar ants of the genus Camponotus. Show More Summary

War by any means: The story of DARPA

With the nature of war changing fast, what goes on in the Pentagon’s most secretive research agency, asks the first insider to lift the lid in The Imagineers of War

2017 Survey of Paleoartists: One Week Left!

Just a quick note: there's one week left to respond to the 2017 Survey of Paleoartists. If you missed my earlier post on the survey, please read it to learn more. And head to bit.ly/paleoartsurvey to take it! It will only take a few minutes, and is relevant for hobbyist and professional alike. Show More Summary

Taking Uintatherium Out on a Date

When Did Uintatherium anceps Live? Everything Dinosaur is preparing for the imminent arrival of the new for 2017 CollectA "Prehistoric Life" models.  The first batch will be arriving at our warehouse very soon, but we are in the process of finalising the fact sheets prior to arrival of other new editions to the CollectA range,

UNC to create and test injectable long-acting implant to prevent HIV/AIDS

(University of North Carolina Health Care) Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new implantable drug delivery system for long-lasting HIV-prevention.

Electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow

(Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont) New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to neurons.

An intriguing new gene candidate in the search for Alzheimer disease therapies

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Tau pathology is one of the defining features of Alzheimer disease (AD), which is the most common form of dementia in older age. While symptomatic treatments exist, there are currently no preventive therapies for AD. Show More Summary

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its his breath, scientists said, some good, and some bad such as salmonella.

I like this book so much I’ve read it 3 times: Neotropical Companion

The Neotropical Companion by John Kricher came out years ago, in the late 80s if I recall correctly. I’ve got a copy of it around somewhere. I loved that book because it did a great job integrating all the things in one place: animals, plants, habitats, evolution, etc. Even though I was working in the…

Can colorful fish brighten your day? Only one way to find out!...

Can colorful fish brighten your day? Only one way to find out! Follow a bevy of busy tropical fishes as they traverse the corals in our special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth—and they need our help. Show More Summary

nubbsgalore: despite its colourful appearance, the hawaiian...

odd bretl jose martín piñatel odd bretl david slater jackson wong odd bretl nubbsgalore: despite its colourful appearance, the hawaiian bobtail squid (euprymna scolopes) has the ability to render itself invisible to predators from bellow,...Show More Summary

'Bench to bedside to bench'

(Jackson Laboratory) It's time to update the old 'bench-to-bedside' shorthand, researchers at The Jackson Laboratory, NHGRI and institutions across the US declare.

Land-based microbes may be invading and harming coral reefs

(American Society for Microbiology) A new study suggests that coral reefs -- already under existential threat from global warming -- may be undergoing further damage from invading bacteria and fungi coming from land-based sources, such as outfall from sewage treatment plants and coastal inlets. Show More Summary

Trump’s Take It Or Leave It Approach Makes Sense

In real estate. I’m not an expert on this but I’ve seen the sausage being made a few times. Individuals with investment money, commercial businesses that might use new space, other possible tenants, maybe or maybe not some designers or builders, municipal or other government stakeholders, community stakeholders such as neighborhood associations, etc. consider a…

BRCA testing on the rise for those without breast or ovarian cancers

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) More women are requesting BRCA gene testing associated with certain types of cancer thanks to increased interest in the procedure. Traditionally women tested for mutations in the cancer-susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 have been those diagnosed with early onset breast or ovarian cancer in order to guide treatment options.

Schizophrenia-associated gene research funded by $3.1 million NIH grant

(Emory Health Sciences) A research team at Emory University is embarking on a multipronged study of 3q29 deletion syndrome, a genetic mutation associated with a 40-fold increased risk for schizophrenia and a range of other neuropsychiatric conditions including mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism and anxiety.

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