Nuclear traces reveal the ages of whale sharks

Scientists used a measure of lingering radioactivity from nuclear explosions to estimate the age of whale sharks, an endangered species.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
April 6, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology bones endangered-species radioactivity sharks

Some blobby frog heads hide amazing spiny skulls

Beneath their slick skin, some frog skulls sport spines, spikes, and other skeletal secrets called hyperossification.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology amphibians bones evolution frogs skeletons skulls

Your teeth hold a ‘biological archive’ of your life

Our teeth record experiences like reproduction and incarceration from the time they appear until death, research finds.

James Devitt-NYU
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bones dentistry skeletons teeth

Vitamin D boosts chance of walking after hip surgery

Just the right amount of vitamin D, around 800 IU daily, can help senior citizens get back on their feet after hip fracture surgery.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bones hip-fractures older-adults seniors surgery vitamin-d

Vitamin D boosts chance of walking after hip surgery

Just the right amount of vitamin D, around 800 IU daily, can help senior citizens get back on their feet after hip fracture surgery.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bones hip-fractures older-adults seniors surgery vitamin-d

Lettuce offers a potential drug for healing broken bones

People with diabetes have a higher risk of broken bones, and may need longer to heal. A drug grown on lettuce could speed things up.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bones diabetes drug-development plants proteins

Marrow cells switch jobs to repair injured bones

Scientists thought bone healing was the domain of skeletal stem cells, but another kind of cell steps up after an injury, research in mice shows.

Laura Bailey-Michigan
Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bones fractures injuries stem-cells

Why cancer treatment causes bone loss

Cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation can cause bone loss. New research in mice uncovers why that is and how to potentially stop it.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL
Jan. 20, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bones cancer chemotherapy osteoporosis radiation

Bone scans: Why do giant pandas have teeny-tiny babies?

Giant panda babies are 900 times smaller than their mothers, but no one knows exactly why. A new look at their bones may clarify why.

Robin Smith-Duke
Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology babies bones pandas skulls

Bone ‘beams’ pave the way for 3D printing stuff that lasts

The structure of bones can help 3D printed materials stand up to more wear and tear, which could lead to stronger materials for buildings and vehicles.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue
Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: featured health-and-medicine science-and-technology 3d-printing bones materials osteoporosis

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