upi.com – A new blood and biopsy test could speed up cancer diagnosis for patients, a study says.
Source: Abu Ali Ibn Sina, et al. Epigenetically reprogrammed methylation landscape drives the DNA self-assembly and serves as a universal cancer biomarker. Nature Communications, 2018.
zmescience.com – The remains of a 20-year-old woman found in Sweden may help scientists retrace the origin of the deadly disease.
Source: Nicolás Rascovan, et al. Emergence and Spread of Basal Lineages of Yersinia pestis during the Neolithic Decline. Cell, 2018.
arstechnica.com – The mouse-sized lizards use a combination of surface tension and slapping motion.
Source: Jasmine A. Nirody, et al. Geckos Race Across the Water’s Surface Using Multiple Mechanisms. Current Biology, 2018.
upi.com – New research suggests Jurassic ichthyosaurs were more like modern marine mammals than previously realized.
Source: Johan Lindgren, et al. Soft-tissue evidence for homeothermy and crypsis in a Jurassic ichthyosaur. Nature, 2018.
mashable.com – "It basically caused life to suffocate."
Source: Justin L. Penn, Curtis Deutsch, Jonathan L. Payne, Erik A. Sperling. Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction. Science, 2018.
arstechnica.com – The last 20 years were no natural fluke.
Source: Luke D. Trusel, et al. Nonlinear rise in Greenland runoff in response to post-industrial Arctic warming. Nature, 2018.
nytimes.com – Astronomers have calculated all the light ever produced by all the stars in the cosmos. It’s a lot, but on the cosmic whole, not that much.
Source: A gamma-ray determination of the Universe’s star formation history. Science, 2018.
nytimes.com – The jumping arachnids’ secretions have four times as much protein as cow milk.
Source: Zhanqi Chen, et al. Prolonged milk provisioning in a jumping spider. Science, 2018.
nextbigfuture.com – The oldest giant tortoises are revealing their genetic secrets for living up to 250 years. They are animals that are in the range of human size. Female giant tortoises are about 250 pounds and male... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Source: Víctor Quesada, et al. Giant tortoise genomes provide insights into longevity and age-related disease. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2018.
sciencedaily.com – Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only detected recently in the atmosphere of a gaseous giant by an international team. The team has observed for the first time how this gas escapes from the overheated atmosphere of an exoplanet, literally inflated with helium.
Source: R. Allart, et al. Spectrally resolved helium absorption from the extended atmosphere of a warm Neptune-mass exoplanet. Science, 2018.