This Viral DNA Infects Cells by Changing From a Solid to a Liquid

Two new studies are showing that viral infections are possible owing to a remarkable biological phase transition. The research shows that viral DNA transforms from a glassy solid to a fluid-like state when the conditions for infection are just right. The new insight could result in new antiviral therapies. » 10/02/14 3:40pm 10/02/14 3:40pm

The extinct were-beasts of the American midwest

And people say were-animals don't exist! One particular were-beast nearly wiped out the pioneers before anyone realized that it even had two different forms — or what, exactly, made its harmless version transform into something far more deadly. » 3/14/13 9:20am 3/14/13 9:20am

Now we can join blood vessels together without stitches

Way back in 1912, French surgeon Alexis Carrel was awarded a Nobel Prize for developing a method of reconnecting blood vessels during surgery. His technique was very straightforward: he simply sewed them together. » 9/08/11 2:30pm 9/08/11 2:30pm

Is 64 a "magic" percentage that turns liquid to solid?

There's a large subfield in physics devoted solely to seeing how stuff behaves when it's squashed through other stuff. Those in that field may want to adopt 64 as their magic number, because it seems to be the percentage at which the behavior of matter changes in a peculiar way. » 5/02/11 7:00am 5/02/11 7:00am