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2010-02-04 15:00:00

Deciphering microscopic clues hidden within fossils, scientists have uncovered the vibrant colors that adorned a feathered dinosaur extinct for 150 million years.

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2010-01-27 15:41:43

The color of some feathers on dinosaurs and early birds has been identified for the first time.

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2009-08-26 07:40:00

Known for their wide variety of vibrant plumage, birds have evolved various chemical and physical mechanisms to produce these beautiful colors over millions of years.

2009-08-25 15:02:27

Manipulating the functions of melanosomes--the organelles in pigment-producing cells--may enhance the activity of anticancer drugs used against melanoma, according to a new study published online August 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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2008-07-09 12:10:00

Scientists believe they have gained new insights into determining the colors of 100 million-year-old fossilized plumage from dinosaurs.

2008-05-16 06:00:00

By Ward, Weslyn C Lamb, Erin C; Gooden, David; Chen, Xin; Burinsky, David J; Simon, John D ABSTRACT Three naturally occurring pyrrole acids were found in Sepia, human black hair, and bovine choroid and iris melanosomes using high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry- pyrrole-2,3-dicarboxylic acid (PDCA), pyrrole-2,3,5-tricarboxylic acid (PTCA) and pyrrole-2,3,4,5-tetracarboxylic acid (PTeCA).

2008-05-16 06:00:00

By Hu, Dan-Ning Simon, John D; Sarna, Tadeusz ABSTRACT The mammalian eye consists of several layers of pigmented tissues that contain melanin. The eye is a unique organ for pigment cell research because one can isolate and compare melanosomes from different tissues and embryonic origins.

2005-12-15 15:22:40

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color.

2005-12-15 15:20:00

A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color.

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2005-12-15 15:20:00

A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color.


Word of the Day
prosopography
  • a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships.
  • In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
The word 'prosopography' comes from a Latin word meaning 'description of a person’s appearance' from Greek roots meaning 'face' or 'person' and 'writing'.