An animal that can survive in space?

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A tardigrade (commonly known as a water bear) is a microscopic animal, and the first animal to survive space. They can survive anything – sub-zero temperatures, oxygen-deprived vacuums, and unrelenting solar winds. Project Biokis, sponsored by the Italian Space Agency, sent these microscopic organisms into space on Monday on the NASA shuttle Endeavour. More info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12855775

Part Human, Part Machine

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Prosthetics company Otto Block has developed a bionic hand that works by responding to nerve impulses, just like a normal hand. It can pick things up, pinch, and tie shoelaces. The operation is performed by Professor Aszmann. Any remaining scar tissue is removed, and the prosthesis is fitted with a ‘cushion’ of transplanted tissue to […]

Feeding the bin..

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In a recent UN study, results show over a THIRD of all food produced is wasted. If all the MEDC (more economically developed countries) put together saved all their wasted food, it would total more than all the Sub-Saharan countries net food production together. So what does this mean? – can we solve wolrd hunger with […]

Fungi in Devon Pond may be the Missing Link

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A new fungi that has been discovered in a pond in Devon and could prove to scientists how fungi evolved.  The DNA results show this was around the time that the fungal groups diverged, and this new type of fungi discovered will tell us a lot about how they evolved.  This fungi is the oldest fungal group […]