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Biopolymer “wrapping paper” heals broken bones more quickly and completely

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Bone fractures are incredibly common, with nearly 8 million each year in the United States alone. The time it takes to heal varies depending on the bone, individual, and extent of injury, but some can take months on end and require bone grafts. A new product seeks to reduce healing time by giving the bone a protected, enclosed space in which to regrow bone tissue.

Israel-based Regenecure has developed a Continue reading Biopolymer “wrapping paper” heals broken bones more quickly and completely

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Venezuela’s First Carnivorous Dinosaur

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At the end of the Triassic around 199 million years ago, the supercontinent Pangea was just about to break apart and nearly a quarter of all dinosaurs living at the time were wiped out in the planet’s fourth mass extinction event. The fossil record shortly after the Triassic-Jurassic event is pretty incomplete, especially in parts of modern-day South Am Continue reading Venezuela’s First Carnivorous Dinosaur

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Yes, Dogs Really Can Read Your Mood

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Anecdote doesnt count as evidence in the scientific community, so no matter the number of personal tales you have of how your canine companion understands you, there is still a debate among scientists over whether dogs can read our emotions. While this latest study is by no means the final nail in the coffin, it does bolster the idea that they can.

Published in Biology Letters, researchers from the U.K. and Continue reading Yes, Dogs Really Can Read Your Mood

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Computer Scientists Generate A Self-Aware Mario That Can Learn And Feel

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For some of the world’s brightest brains, artificial intelligence (AI) could spell doom and gloom for mankind. So it’s nice to know that some researchers are managing to advance this exciting field of study whilst keeping it light-hearted. A trio of computer scientists from the University of Tübingen, Germany, has used an adaptive learning AI approach to bring one of our childhood heroes, Mario, to life. Well, kind of.

A “living and conversing” version of the agent was recently gene Continue reading Computer Scientists Generate A Self-Aware Mario That Can Learn And Feel

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New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Large freshwater aquifers can be found under the porous crust of Earth’s oceans. Though it has been difficult to obtain aquifer samples for study without contaminating the sample or the source with the ocean’s saltwater, it has been predicted that they contain as much as 1/3 of the world’s biomass. A new study into these aquifers has revealed a new species of microbes that Continue reading New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

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Almost five years after the iconic Space Shuttle was retired, NASA has announced it is funding a new space plane that is sure to evoke nostalgic thoughts of its predecessor.

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What Happens When A Man In A Mentos Suit Jumps Into A Tank Of Diet Coke?

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Dropping Mentos into Diet Coke is one of the most popular at-home experiments to perform. When the candy’s porous surface, gelatin, and gum arabic combine with the potassium benzoate, aspartame, and carbonation in the soda, the CO2 gets released incredibly rapidly, producing a tremendous amount of foam. When forced to go through the bottle’s Continue reading What Happens When A Man In A Mentos Suit Jumps Into A Tank Of Diet Coke?