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    Bones make hormones that communicate with the brain and other organs

    Long typecast as the strong silent type, bones are speaking up.

    In addition to providing structural support, the skeleton is a versatile conversationalist. Bones make hormones that chat with other organs and tissues, including the brain, kidneys and pancreas, experiments in mice have shown.

    “The bone, which was considered a dead organ, has really become a gland almost,” says Beate...

    06/21/2017 - 15:00 Health, Biomedicine, Cells
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    Mother lode

    A bonanza of potent disease-fighting compounds has been discovered in a surprisingly common source — the breasts of every nursing mother on the planet. Human milk, the only substance that evolved to feed and protect us, seems to contain a trove of medicines just now being unlocked by scientists.

    “We go down to the bottom of the ocean to find new compounds and test them out against...

    12/27/2013 - 14:05 Human Development, Microbes, Health
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    Darwin's Evolution

    Charles Darwin was born into a world that today’s scientists wouldn’t recognize.

    When baby Darwin arrived on February 12, 1809, modern science was also in its infancy. Dalton had just recently articulated the modern theory of the chemical atom, but nobody had any idea what atoms were really like. Physicists had not yet heard of the conservation of energy or any other...

    01/16/2009 - 21:20 Evolution, Animals
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    Nurturing Our Microbes

    Each of us is a metropolis. Bustling about in everyone's body are tens of trillions of microbes. Some are descended from starter populations provided by mom during birth. Additional bacteria, yeasts, and other life forms hitchhike in with foods. By age 3, everyone's gut hosts a fairly stable, yet diverse, ecosystem.

    Most of the tiny stowaways hide out in the...

    02/26/2008 - 12:45 Biomedicine
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    Science & Society

    07/12/1997 - 00:00
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    The Fall of the Forest

    07/21/1990 - 00:00
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    Science at Hydro-Lab

    05/10/1975 - 00:00
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    Dance versus Smell

    04/19/1969 - 00:00
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    Adventures of a 4c Stamp

    03/21/1959 - 00:00
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    In Science Fields

    03/10/1934 - 00:00