Exercising lab-grown human muscle autonomously blocks the damaging effects of interferon gamma — ScienceDaily

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated that human muscle has an innate ability to ward off the damaging effects of chronic inflammation when exercised. The discovery was made possible through the use of lab-grown, engineered human muscle, demonstrating the potential power of the first-of-its-kind platform in such research endeavors. The results appear online on […]

Newly described chemical reaction could have assembled DNA building blocks before life forms and their enzymes existed. — ScienceDaily

Chemists at Scripps Research have made a discovery that supports a surprising new view of how life originated on our planet. In a study published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, they demonstrated that a simple compound called diamidophosphate (DAP), which was plausibly present on Earth before life arose, could have chemically knitted together tiny […]

Fragments of energy may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

Matter is what makes up the universe, but what makes up matter? This question has long been tricky for those who think about it – especially for the physicists. Reflecting recent trends in physics, my colleague Jeffrey Eischen and I have described an updated way to think about matter. We propose that matter is not made of particles or waves, as […]

Building blocks of language evolved before humans split from chimps and monkeys

The building blocks of human language were around at least 40 million years ago, long before humans evolved, scientists have discovered. Researchers recently found that humanity’s last shared ancestor with great apes and monkeys — our closest primate relatives — had evolved the ability to detect relationships between groups of sounds, a foundational skill for […]