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Paleontologists study rare pterosaur fossils using a 3D model

Paleontologists study rare pterosaur fossils using a 3D model

Technology
Paleontologists have found rare winged-reptile fossils, and 3D technology has helped them to study the pterosaur in "exquisite" detail. The site was discovered by paleontologists while they were looking for fossil tracks in the rugged desert of northeastern Utah, not far from the dinosaur national monument, according to Brooks Britt, a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). While pulling themselves over a sandstone ledge adjacent to a precarious cliff the researchers saw delicate bones in the rock at the site known as Saints and Sinners, which was excavated over a period of several years, according to Britt who's studying the fossils. The bones belong to the pterosaur, or winged reptile, which is named Caelestiventus hanseni, according to Britt. This particular species isn't a bi...
FDA to review plant products sold using the term 'milk'

FDA to review plant products sold using the term 'milk'

Health
July 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is reviewing the use of the term milk in marketing for plant-based products, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Thursday. Gottlieb said in a statement that the federal agency is looking at the labeling of white beverages from a health standpoint. Last week, at the Politico Pro Summit, he said the the Trump administration was considering cracking down on the term "milk" for use when describing nondairy products, including soy, rice and almond beverages. After his statement was released, the FDA also conducted a meeting Thursday to discuss the agency's Nutrition Innovation Strategy, including comments from the public. Producers of these non-animal "milk" beverages are opposed to the change. The agency plans to issue a guidance d...
'Concussion pill' using cannabis shows promise

'Concussion pill' using cannabis shows promise

Health
July 20 (UPI) -- A "concussion pill" under development in Miami using cannabis is showing progress for treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In a pre-clinical study, the combination of a hemp-derived cannabinoid and an NMDA amino acid anesthetic is showing improved cognitive function in rodents with traumatic brain injuries compared with individual components. The project is a joint collaboration with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Scythian Biosciences Corp. of Toronto. "The results were statistically significant and encouraging," Scythian's Jonathan Gilbert, who manages the University of Miami partnership, told UPI. "This evidence strongly suggests further testing is warranted on medical cannabis' potential in the treatment of...
CRISPR gene editing possible without using a virus, scientists say

CRISPR gene editing possible without using a virus, scientists say

Health
July 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have figured out a way to use genetically reprogram human immune cells without using viruses to insert DNA, as the CRISPR method of gene editing has traditionally required. In a study published recently in Nature, researchers at the University of California San Francisco show a new CRISPR technique involving T cells could help develop new and safer treatments for cancer, autoimmunity and rare inherited disorders. "This is a rapid, flexible method that can be used to alter, enhance, and reprogram T cells so we can give them the specificity we want to destroy cancer, recognize infections, or tamp down the excessive immune response seen in autoimmune disease," senior author Dr. Alex Marson, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, said in a press relea...
Mallya case: ED using fugitive law may hit lenders' prospects

Mallya case: ED using fugitive law may hit lenders' prospects

Finance
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) may use the latest weapon in its armoury — the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance — to deal with Vijay Mallya, a move that could hurt lenders’ efforts to recover dues from the businessman who fled the country more than two years ago. ED sources said the new fugitive law gives precedence to state dues over any claims under civil cases, including Mallya’s application to the Karnataka High Court seeking permission to repay banks by selling his assets seized by the agency that probes money-laundering cases. Indian banks are working closely with UK authorities to recover the maximum out of the assets owned by Mallya, after a British court allowed them to search and seize his properties. They are worried because the ED could stake claim on Mallya’s