Scientists first to develop rapid cell division in marine sponges

A red sponge, Amphimedon compressa, one of two of the sponge species from which the scientists developed the cell cultures. Credit: Shirley A. Pomponi, Ph.D. Vertebrate, insect, and plant cell lines are important tools for research in many disciplines, including human health, evolutionary and developmental biology, agriculture and toxicology. Cell lines have been established for…

A Billion Pixels and the Search for India’s Crashed Moon Lander

The Indian space agency has been tight-lipped about the fate of Vikram, but crowdsourcing and NASA’s openness led to its discovery.A map of the moon’s surface, made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing the Vikram spacecraft’s intended landing site.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesDec. 6, 2019On Nov. 19, Mark S. Robinson opened an email with the…

2019’s word of the year is right on the money

Image: Shutterstock / rigsbyphoto By Mark Kaufman2019-11-09 16:05:06 UTC Collins Dictionary, publishing dictionaries now for two centuries, announced its 2019 “word of the year” on Thursday. It’s a term whose usage increased by a whopping 100-fold between 2018 and 2019, according to Collins’ lexicographers, and since 2013 has been employed four times as much.  In…

The Energy Upside to Ilhan Omar’s Trillion-Dollar Public Housing Plan

Photo: GettyThe nation’s 1.3 million public housing units are woefully underprepared for the worsening climate crisis. Nearly half a million government-subsidized households are in flood plains, and when climate disaster hits, affordable units are less likely to get rebuilt.Though public housing isn’t in great shape, the nation could desperately use more of it. Since January…