Scientists engineer first human-pig hybrid embryo
Mar04

Scientists engineer first human-pig hybrid embryo

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer The idea of a human-animal hybrid is one that usually generates a host of exotic, otherworldly images. Centaurs, mermaids, freakish mutants… all beings that one generally does not expect to encounter outside of fantasy and science fiction. In actuality, though, these hybrids may be closer to becoming a reality than previously thought. On January 26, a team of researchers at Salk Institute, led by...

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Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character
Mar04

Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer In the depths of the waters of Guam, scientists had discovered a translucent crab, where it has remained relatively unknown for the past sixteen years. In early 2001, an up and coming researcher named Harry Conley was scuba diving when he found this pale crab burrowed deep in reef rocks. It was on this trip that he brought two of these tiny specimens, both roughly a few millimeters across, back to a...

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Scientists discover seven planets that could harbor life
Mar04

Scientists discover seven planets that could harbor life

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer For practically all of human history, the realm of outer space has captivated our collective imagination, likely because it lies beyond it. The vast sizes and distances that our galaxy – nay, our universe – involves the array of places, objects, and phenomena unlike anything we ourselves have ever laid eyes on. It all tests the limits of our comprehension, and in doing so, it fascinates us all the more....

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Researchers unveil the mystique surrounding T. Rex’s appearance
Mar04

Researchers unveil the mystique surrounding T. Rex’s appearance

By Sam Siomko, Staff Writer Many of us recall watching Jurassic Park – and the huge Tyrannosaurus rex with its menacing roar was quite a sight for many. But the movie’s “thunder lizard” would not have looked nearly as ferocious if its scales were pink or blue, or if it had a tuft of feathers coming out of its head. It might be a ridiculous image, but researchers have never had a way to definitively find out what dinosaurs looked...

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Changes to the EPA under the Trump administration
Feb28

Changes to the EPA under the Trump administration

By Graham Alabdulla, Staff Writer The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was officially established in 1970 by America’s then-leader, President Nixon.  The EPA’s Administrator is appointed by the president. This agency was formed to protect human health and the environment through regulations. Notable legislation enacted by the EPA includes the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 1970 and subsequent Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. About half a...

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Scientists engineer first ‘batbot’ as bat populations decline
Feb27

Scientists engineer first ‘batbot’ as bat populations decline

By Sam Siomko, Contributing Writer Back in elementary school, robotic animal toys were all the rage. Most of them performed a few preprogramed tricks or could be guided by remote control. Others, like the Furby, were just plain annoying to some. But little did we know that our FurReal Friends and our Zhu Zhu pets were just scratching the surface of what animal robotics would become. Researchers at the University of Illinois and...

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