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Friday Coffee Break: Pig Guts, Diamond Planets, and Other Stunning Science Surprises

September 2, 2011

Bits and pieces (largely but not always entirely related to life science) to muse over–or check out and save for later–while enjoying a well-deserved Friday coffee. Or tea. Enjoy!

PIG GUTS OFFER HOPE FOR REGENERATING HUMAN LIMBS
A remarkable substance 
extracted from pigs enables the body to 
regenerate lost muscle tissue, including fingertips and big chunks of muscle.
A PLANET MADE OF DIAMOND
A large part of a spinning star called a pulsar may be similar to a diamond.
HOW TO SEE A SUPERNOVA FROM YOUR BACK YARD
In this video, Dr. Peter Nugent describes how to spot the closest supernova found in at least 25 years, set to reach peak brightness September 9th.
NEUROIMAGING RESULTS REDUCE MURDER SENTENCE
A judge in Milan, Italy reduced the sentence of a convicted murderer from life to 20 years, after ruling that neuroimaging and genetic tests proved the partial mental illness of the defendant.
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