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Biochemistry Ph.D. Offers Fresh Breakdown of Coronavirus

April 12, 2020

Dr. Kevin Ahern is a biochemistry professor and Great Courses instructor. He teaches at Oregon State University and led our lecture series on biochemistry and molecular biology. His new video offers insights on the coronavirus. […]

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Coronavirus, Like Common Cold, Sometimes Includes Loss of Smell, Taste

April 9, 2020

The coronavirus can have a symptom other respiratory infections do—loss of smell and taste, BBC News reported. However, researchers said it’s not common enough to add to a list of key symptoms, nor should those with diminished senses of taste or smell assume they have the coronavirus. Both senses function biochemically. […]

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Large Earthlike Planet Could Have Life-Sustaining Qualities

March 5, 2020

A planet 124 light years away may have habitable environmental conditions, “USA Today” reported. The planet in question, which is several times the size of Earth, was first discovered in 2015. Multiple factors must align to support our species. […]

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Stitches Made of Human Skin Possible with Biotechnology Advancement

February 10, 2020

Spools of yarn grown from human skin could serve as surgical stitches, CNN reported February 5. While most stitches self-dissolve or must be removed, this new technological type of stitches would be absorbed by the body. Biotechnology is the basis for this new medical development. […]

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Lab Produces 3-D Printed Vocal Tract, and Sound from a Mummy

February 4, 2020

A 3,000-year-old mummy has spoken again thanks to modern science, “Nature” reported. The ancient remains were preserved well enough that the vocal cords were reproduced by scientists, producing a vowel-like sound. Preserved vocal chords are one unexpected benefit of ancient Egyptian mummification. […]

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NASA Intern Becomes Planet Finder Third Day on the Job

January 31, 2020

A 17-year-old NASA intern, Wolf Cukier,discovered a planet on his third day on the job, NASA reported recently. Cukier’s summer internship was at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Exoplanet hunting has had major successes only in the last 25 years. […]

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