Immune cells regulate blood stem cells
Researchers in Bern, Germany, have discovered that, during a viral infection, immune cells control the blood stem cells in the bone marrow and therefore also the body's own defences. The findings could allow ...
Could future spaceships be built with artificial 'bone'?
How do you make a light, low-density material without compromising its strength? It's a conundrum that has plagued engineers and builders looking for tough, durable materials that don't weigh them down.
A microchip for metastasis
Nearly 70 percent of patients with advanced breast cancer experience skeletal metastasis, in which cancer cells migrate from a primary tumor into bone—a painful development that can cause fractures and ...
German researchers near certain remains are those of Charlemagne
3D cell culture set for space: New technology to grow bone cells on International Space Station
Many people dream of blasting off into space and scientists are no different. But until space tourism becomes an affordable reality, surely the next best thing is to see your work go into orbit.
Filleting robot to help the Norwegian fishing industry
A newly developed white fish filleting machine could give this Norwegian industry a much-needed boost.
Looking forward to the past: What fossils tell us about extinction
The impact of European settlement on Australia was so massive that many mammals disappeared before anyone noticed they were there, but fossils from the past 10,000 years offer excellent evidence of pre-European ...
Seashells inspire new way to preserve bones for archeologists, paleontologists
Recreating the story of humanity's past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, but scientists are now reporting an advance inspired by seashells that can better preserve valuable ...
Biology of early human relative uncovered
The partial skeleton of an ancient hominin has been uncovered for the first time in Tanzania, giving a new insight into the species' biology, say scientists.
Researchers may have found King Alfred's pelvis
Researchers said Friday they may have discovered remains of King Alfred the Great, the 9th-century royal remembered for protecting England from the Vikings and educating a largely illiterate nation.
Hyoid bone analysis supports hypothesis of complex language in Neanderthals
High-resolution 3D analyses of a fossilized hyoid bone support the hypothesis that the Neanderthals communicated with the use of complex language. The study was published yesterday in Plos One.
Moa or less: Extinct 'robust' birds of New Zealand might not have been so robust after all
Giant moa bird (Dinornis robustus, literally meaning 'robust strange bird') may not have actually had robust bones, according to new research conducted by The University of Manchester. The leg bones of one ...
Neanderthal genome shows early human interbreeding, inbreeding
The most complete sequence to date of the Neanderthal genome, using DNA extracted from a woman's toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, reveals a long history of interbreeding among at least four different ...
Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old fossil human hand bone closes human evolution gap
Humans have a distinctive hand anatomy that allows them to make and use tools. Apes and other nonhuman primates do not have these distinctive anatomical features in their hands, and the point in time at which ...