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Genes remain active after death

Image copyright PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Transcriptomics might one day help forensic scientists predict time of death Cells continue to function even after an individual dies. That’s according to a scientific study published in Nature Communications. Analysing post-mortem samples, an international team of scientists showed that some genes became more active after death. […]

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Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Amazon molly is thought to be a hybrid of two different species Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time. But a study on an Amazon fish has cast doubt on the rapidity of this decline. Despite […]

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Getting a grip

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. In 2018, Bloodhound wants to run above 500mph. In 2019, the goal […]

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Power switch

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Tamil Nadu is expected to double its capacity to generate wind power India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is poised to become a global leader in wind power, according to a new report. But first the state must overcome its addiction to coal, writes Nityanand Jayaraman. The report – by […]