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The Universe inside Bones

Astronomers studying the distribution of galaxies in the universe have discovered sponge-like structures strikingly similar to those seen by radiologists in human bones. Could methods from astrophysics help us better understand what makes bones stable?

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Complex computational models developed by astrophysicist Christoph Räth may help to precisely predict the stability of different bone structures. Other researchers involved in the work have developed high-resolution X-ray devices that provide 3D images of the interior of the bone. They reveal fine structure that may offer clues to bone disorders like osteoporosis or brittle-bone disease.