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Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing

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Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing

A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely. This finding has the potential to save millions of lives every year. The microparticles can keep an object alive for up to 30 min after respiratory failure. This is accomplished through an injection into the patients’ veins. Once injected, the microparticles...

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Bad News for Marine Life: The Ocean's Losing Oxygen Fast

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Bad News for Marine Life: The Ocean's Losing Oxygen Fast

Scientists have long known that the Earth's oceans are warming along with the climate. This has already created what are known as "dead zones," areas uninhabitable by marine flora and fauna. Dead zones are deficient in one essential ingredient for life: oxygen. And a new study published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles has found that decreasing oxygen loss could become a global concern as soon as 2030. "Loss of oxygen in the ocean is one of the serious side effects of a warming atmosphere, and a major threat to marine life," lead author Dr. Matthew Long, a researcher at the National...

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NASA Research Finds That Alien Life Could Be Breathing Iron

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NASA Research Finds That Alien Life Could Be Breathing Iron

Don’t hold your breath, but oxygen may not be as essential to biological life as we once thought. A pair of new papers are demonstrating how certain microbes have evolved the ability to suck the energy out of iron, much like we do with oxygen. The tiny creatures have long existed in the cracks of the earth and could shed light on the origins of life on our planet. And maybe other planets, too. The NASA-funded research exposes the tremendous diversity of life on Earth and raises the possibility that life on other planets may not require oxygen, expanding dramatically...

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Forests are supposed to help stop climate change. These forests didn’t

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Forests are supposed to help stop climate change. These forests didn’t

Forests play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, helping to mitigate climate change by storing carbon that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere. So maintaining sustainable forest management practices that maximize the trees’ ability to act as a carbon sink — for example, planting more trees than we harvest — has been recognized by activists as a key strategy in the fight against climate change. But forestry has not always had the desired effect, according to recent research. A new study out in the journal Science Thursday makes the provocative claim that more than 250 years of...

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