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Aug 28, 2020

Scientists Briefly Reactivated the Cells of a 28,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth

Posted by in category: futurism

What if extinct animals could be brought back to life? Scientists have managed to reawaken cells from a 28,000 year old woolly mammoth.

Aug 28, 2020

56-year-old NASA satellite expected to fall to Earth this weekend

Posted by in category: satellites

A NASA geophysics satellite’s long space odyssey is nearly at an end.

The Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 spacecraft, or OGO-1, launched in September 1964 to study Earth’s magnetic environment and how our planet interacts with the sun. The satellite gathered data until 1969, was officially decommissioned in 1971 and has been zooming silently around Earth on a highly elliptical two-day orbit ever since.

Aug 28, 2020

Genetics meets proteomics: perspectives for large population-based studies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

In this Review, Suhre, McCarthy and Schwenk describe how combining genetics with plasma proteomics is providing notable insights into human disease. As changes in the circulating proteome are often an intermediate molecular readout between a genetic variant and its organismal effect, proteomics can enable a deeper understanding of disease mechanisms, clinical biomarkers and therapeutic opportunities.

Aug 28, 2020

Hubble Maps Giant Halo Around Andromeda Galaxy

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution

In a landmark study, scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the immense envelope of gas, called a halo, surrounding the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large galactic neighbor. Scientists were surprised to find that this tenuous, nearly invisible halo of diffuse plasma extends 1.3 million light-years from the galaxy—about halfway to our Milky Way—and as far as 2 million light-years in some directions. This means that Andromeda’s halo is already bumping into the halo of our own galaxy.

They also found that the halo has a layered structure, with two main nested and distinct shells of gas. This is the most comprehensive study of a halo surrounding a galaxy.

“Understanding the huge halos of gas surrounding galaxies is immensely important,” explained co-investigator Samantha Berek of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “This reservoir of gas contains fuel for future star formation within the galaxy, as well as outflows from events such as supernovae. It’s full of clues regarding the past and future evolution of the galaxy, and we’re finally able to study it in great detail in our closest galactic neighbor.”

Aug 28, 2020

Researchers accidentally breed sturddlefish

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

Both shocking and intriguing for the possibilities of gynogenesis reproduction in which sperm is used from one creature to fertilize an egg, but its DNA is ignored.

A team of researchers working at Hungary’s National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, has accidentally bred a new kind of fish—dubbed the sturddlefish by some observers, it is a cross between an American Paddlefish and a Russian Sturgeon. In their paper published in the journal Genes, the group describes accidentally breeding the fish and what they learned by doing so.

In the past, scientists and others have bred animals from different species for various reasons, from research to utility—mules (crossed between donkeys and horses) are considered to have beneficial traits from both animals, and ligers (a cross between lions and tigers) have helped researchers understand their respective genetic backgrounds. In this new effort, the researchers claim that they were not trying to create a new type of fish, they were instead attempting to apply gynogenesis (a type of reproduction in which sperm is used from one creature to fertilize an egg, but its DNA is ignored) using American paddlefish and Russian sturgeon. To their surprise, the eggs produced fish that grew to adults.

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Aug 28, 2020

Watch: Threatened pools in Mexican desert hold clues to early life

Posted by in categories: biological, food

One of, if not the oldest visible form of life, to which we owe much of our original Oxygen rich environment, these Stromatolites are under threat.

Agriculture has threatened an area holding an exceptional array of microbes.

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Aug 28, 2020

“We’re going to use technology to remove our political enemies and call it removing hate speech!”

Posted by in category: futurism

The more you rely on unaccountable, opaque, and closed source epistemic vaccines, the more you will end up with a supercult. I’m personally guaranteeing it.

Final warning. This is military-grade techniques being applied to American citizens and if you don’t see a problem with it, you will when we start going after your academics, journalists, intellectuals, scientists, and peers with the same techniques. And you can fucking bet we will.

Aug 28, 2020

Neo Joins Coinbase-led Blockchain Framework

Posted by in category: bitcoin

Coinbase-led Rosetta, an open-source set of tools to help developers integrate other blockchains into their services, just got a new signup: Neo, a blockchain platform that is itself focused on interoperability.

Rosetta, which launched on June 17, is a standardization tool to make it easier for blockchains to speak to each other. Each blockchain is different, making it difficult and time-consuming for crypto project developers to integrate other blockchains.

“The process requires careful analysis of the unique aspects of each blockchain and extensive communication with its developers to understand the best strategies to deploy nodes, recognize deposits, and broadcast transactions,” wrote Neo in a blog post today. “Project developers spend countless hours answering similar support questions for each team integrating their blockchain, rather than spending time working on their blockchain.”

Aug 28, 2020

Russian Submarine Sets Off Alarm Bells After Surfacing Near Alaska Amid Rash Of Posturing

Posted by in category: military

Russia is holding its largest naval drills in the Pacific in recent memory as the U.S. Navy’s big RIMPAC wargames are underway.

Aug 28, 2020

People Power Increase Processing Speed

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Big initiatives to understand the workings of the brain

Neuroscience has a data problem. In our efforts to understand the brain researchers are generating ever greater amounts of data. The problem is, how can they gain meaning from it?

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