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A recent Zika epidemic in Brazil led to hundreds of babies with mental disability. Now, scientists have combined thousands of two-dimensional images of the Zika virus to come up with a detailed three-dimensional image of it, research published in the journal, Structure, says. 

  • Published 16.07.18
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Zika pic will help fight virus 

• A recent Zika epidemic in Brazil led to hundreds of babies with mental disability. Now, scientists have combined thousands of two-dimensional images of the Zika virus to come up with a detailed three-dimensional image of it, research published in the journal, Structure, says. This high-resolution image will help researchers find pockets on its surface where drug molecules can attach, helping them design appropriate vaccines and antiviral drugs.

Triassic dino

• Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 33-foot long dinosaur that lived in the Triassic period, 47 million years before its colossal Jurassic cousins Diplodocus and Brachiosa-urus roamed the earth. The study was published in the journal, Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Crow's tools 

• In an experiment, crows from New Caledonia, an island in South Pacific, learned to rip card stock (in pic ) into the right size pieces that would earn them food rewards from a vending machine. Researchers suggest in the journal, Scientific Reports, the crows used "mental template matching" - that is, they can make simple tools from memory.

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