Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. —> Read More
Almost a dozen vessels have been washed ashore in recent weeks with not a single surviving crew member. The mysterious ships, which started to show up… —> Read More
There is a 90 percent chance the tomb of King Tutankhamun contains a hidden chamber, Egypt’s antiquities minister said on Saturday at the end of a three-day probe in the boy king’s burial. —> Read More
Researchers have revealed that snakes lost their limbs when they began living and hunting in burrows. The findings were based on new CT scans of Dinil… —> Read More
Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world’s blood supply.
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 28 (UPI) — Comparisons between modern snake skulls and the 90 million-year-old fossil suggest snakes lost their limbs in order to burrow on land. —> Read More
Investigating how droplets move around on a surface shows us why it is important to set boundary conditions
Not everyone ponders sets of partial differential equations when watching droplets slide down a window on a rainy day, but, thanks to new research, those who are so inclined now have what they need to construct a robust physical and mathematical explanation of what they see. —> Read More
Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world’s most intractable diseases.
Sickle-cell anemia, HIV, schizophrenia and autism — essentially, anything involving bad DNA is now fair game. The latest example, from a study published earlier this month in the journal Molecular Therapy, focuses on Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD, which is one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy. The genetic disease causes the muscle fibers in the face, shoulders and upper arms to weaken over time — and there is no known cure.
Enter CRISPR. This new gene-editing technique allows researchers to easily change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people. Picture the precision and ease of the find-and-replace function on a word document — that’s how easy it now is to change the human genome. As an article in the MIT Technology Review put it last year, “This means they can rewrite the human genome at will.” Or, as one bioethicist told The Huffington Post last week, comparing what CRISPR can do to earlier attempts at genetic manipulation, “We used to have a butter knife, now we’ve got a scalpel.”
Biomedical researchers all over the world are now wondering how the technology might change their approach to all sorts of diseases. About a year ago, a team of FSHD researchers, led by Peter Jones at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, decided to give CRISPR a try. They already had a pretty good idea which of the thousands of genes in the human genome caused the disease, but until CRISPR came along therapeutic avenues were limited.
The acronym CRISPR, which stands for (take a deep breath) “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” refers to —> Read More
During a Nov. 24 ceremony at the White House, former NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson was one of seventeen individuals to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
A broken-up comet likely made star KIC 8462852 look strange, a new study suggests. —> Read More