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Making An Artificial Tree On A Chip For Hydraulic Robotic Power

We’ve discussed the creation of electronic plants recently and the idea of using plants as electrical storage and transferring devices, allowing an electric connection from, say, one end of a garden or field to another. But plants can transfer far more than just electricity. They are already masters at transferring necessary nutrients from the soil […]

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Using Genetically Modified Ants To Figure Out Just How Ants Work

Ants are fascinating. As examples of highly social, structured, and often single-minded species, ants easily pique the interest of biologists and even scientists as a whole. Similar to bees, their colony structure exists as highly divergent from the rest of the multicellular life in the world. Most of it, at least. They can be viewed, […]

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Creating An Artificial Embryo Using Genetically Modified Stem Cells

Cloning is a difficult process. Even with modern technologies, the best we can do is generate matching organs from a person’s stem cells, but this itself is still tricky to accomplish. Actually cloning a whole organism? We’re nowhere near where we need to be. The Troubles of Cloning The main problem inherent in this process […]

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A Tenet Of Evolutionary Biology May Be Completely Wrong

Not every tenet of science is set in stone. That’s often been seen in fields like physics and astronomy over the past few decades, where huge innovations and discoveries have been made. But biology isn’t isolated from these sorts of findings. Today’s topic of discussion is new research that calls one of the tenets of […]

Smoking Leads to Weight Loss? Fact-Checking With Nematodes

Smoking has long had a cultural history associated with weight loss. Even without understanding the biochemistry involved, ancient peoples and cultures all the way up to modern times have associated smoking with appetite suppression. Going off smoking has then often resulted in huge weight gain, related to a higher caloric intake afterward and a slower […]

Let’s Make A Brain: Stem Cells, CRISPR, and Cerebral Organoids

Perfectly mapping and even regrowing parts of a brain has long been something only considered to be a thing in science fiction. The technology has always seemed like it was centuries away from ever becoming a reality. But, day by day, researchers continue to develop new techniques and methods that push the boundaries of what […]