Oregon State University

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    ​Ordinarily, when we think of prehistoric items that have been preserved in amber, things like insects come to mind. Recently, however, scientists uncovered what are claimed to be the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal – likely a monkey.
  • ​Projections for the way in which our planet will be affected by the current trend of rapid planetary warming are dire. Now, a new report says that if we keep cooking the planet, there will be mass starvation on ocean floors and a decrease in the human food supply as well.
  • Some day in the not-too-distant future, a bipedal robot may carry a package to your front door. That scenario is envisioned by Jonathan Hurst, CTO of Agility Robotics. To that end, his group has developed an ostrich-like two-legged walking robot … and it's called Cassie.​
  • ​​There are around one million insects that have been discovered and described by scientists, with every last one slotting into one of 31 categories, known in entomology circles as orders. But the discovery of a new alien-like insect preserved in amber has forced them to revisit the playbook.
  • ​One of the most terrifyingly-plausible doomsday scenarios is the rise of superbugs, bacteria that are evolving a resistance to our most powerful antibiotics. Now researchers have created a new molecule that can make previously antibiotic-resistant bacteria vulnerable to existing drugs again.
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    While underwater drones and robotic vessels provide scientists with handy ways to explore our world's oceans, there's another more obvious way to plumb the depths of our seas: by enlisting the help of the whales that dwell there.
  • Scientists have picked up a "crazy," complex call from the depths of the Mariana Trench. Although the mysterious sounds haven't been attributed to an exact species just yet, marine researchers believe it's less the call of Cthulu and more a previously-unknown dialect of baleen whale song.
  • Researchers at OSU are working on a way to restore movement to paralyzed patients by means of tiny arrays of implantable electrodes. The team has demonstrated the electrodes' potential in a cat, which provides hope not only for those with spinal cord injuries, but also people with prosthetic limbs.
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    A new amber discovery showcases a drama that took place about 50 million years ago when a bug go so startled, it jumped out of its own exoskeleton.
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    Scientists have discovered a new way to finely control how much heat and steam is released in the process of boiling water, a technique they say could lead to advanced cooling systems for more efficient electronic devices. ​
  • Researchers have developed a new delivery system for cancer treatment that attacks the condition simultaneously with three different drugs. According to the team, it's likely to prove particularly effective against cancers that spread through the lymphatic system, such as metastatic melanoma.
  • A new thermochemical system is able to store energy from concentrated solar power plants indefinitely and then release it at record efficiency, in what could be an important step toward a greener energy grid.