Wolves Already Had The Genetic Mutation to Turn Into Tiny Dogs 54,000 Years Ago

One of the major genetic mutations responsible for small size in some dog breeds, such as Pomeranians and Chihuahuas, evolved in dog relationships long before humans began to breed these small companions. Researchers found that the mutation can even be traced back to wolves that lived more than 50,000 years ago. Researchers discovered the mutation, … Read more

Wider-reaching solutions urgently needed to reach realistic ‘net zero’, warn researchers – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The UK should be able to make decisions about how the landscape is managed if the UK is to achieve climate targets such as net zero, a new report warns. The UK should be able to make decisions about how the landscape is managed if the UK is to achieve climate targets such as net … Read more

Mysterious Effects of Smoking May Surface Even 3 Generations Later, Study Finds

Great-granddaughters of men who smoked cigarettes when they were boys before puberty are more likely to carry excess fat on their bodies as young girls several decades later, according to a shocking study. The find – which scientists claim to be one of the “first human demonstrations of the trans-generational effects of environmental exposure across … Read more

Study Confirms Suspicions That Cat Brains Are Smaller Than They Used to Be

As cats have become domesticated over the last 10,000 years or so, their brains have shrunk significantly in size, confirming that they may be important to the human beings. Researchers compared the size of craniums (the indicator of brain size) between domestic cats (Felis catus) and wild cats from Europe and Africa, now genetically confirmed … Read more

Researchers create a slow light device with high optical quality – BIOENGINEER.ORG

AMHERST, Mass.; – Researchers including a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts The result is an on-chip microresonator with an optical quality factor that can improve microresonators used in a range of photonics applications, including sensing and metrology, nonlinear optics and cavity quantum electrodynamics. AMHERST, Mass.; – Researchers including a postdoc at the University of … Read more

Wild New Paper Suggests Earth’s Tectonic Activity Has an Unseen Source

Earth is far from a solid mass of rock. The outer layer of our planet – known as the lithosphere – is made up of more than 20 tectonic plates; as these gargantuan slates glide about the face of the planet, we get the movement of continents, and interaction at the boundaries, not least of … Read more

Bioengineers Have Modeled The Workings of The World’s Most Basic Synthetic Life Form

Life is complicated. Even the smallest cells contain an astonishing array of chemical reactions that allow them to thrive in a chaotic landscape. If we want to know where to draw the line between life and bubbles of old organic soup, it helps to eliminate the extras that aren’t essential to decipher the core components, … Read more

UCLA researchers develop novel microscopic picoshell particles – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The production of high-energy fats by microalgae can provide a sustainable, renewable source of energy that can help combat climate change. However, microalgae engineered to produce lipids quickly are usually slow growing themselves, making it difficult to increase overall yield. The production of high-energy fats by microalgae can provide a sustainable, renewable source of energy … Read more

Are researchers one step closer to developing the theory of impulse circuits? – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Computers play an important role in many aspects of life today. Digital computers are the most widely used, while quantum computers are well known. However, the least known computers are the so-called Stochastic Pulse Computers. Their work is based on highly parallel logical operations between trains of electrical pulses, where pulses occur at random, as … Read more

Clinical-Grade Pig Kidney Transplanted Into Human Patient in Scientific First

For the second time ever – and the first involving a organ of clinical grade – a genetically modified pig kidney has been successfully transplanted into a brain-dead human body, in a milestone example of a xenotransplant . Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are trapped in a desperate wait for life-saving gifts. … Read more