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  • Newly discovered STAR system TRAPPIST-1 could be home to interplanetary ALIENS

    March 16, 2017 4:08 PM 8

    THE newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 star and its nearby planets could be home to interplanetary alien life, scientists have claimed. In February, Nasa announced the discovery of a star known as TRAPPIST-1 which was found to have seven planets orbiting it. The newly discovered solar system, which is the closest to have been found to Earth, piqued the interest

  • Senate concurs in Paris climate deal ratification

    March 14, 2017 9:45 AM 7

    (UPDATED) Voting 22-0, senators seal the Philippines' ratification of the landmark international agreement on climate change MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Senate on Tuesday, March 14, gave its concurrence to the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the final step before the Philippines becomes an official signatory to the historic

  • Astronomers Are Finally Able To See The Most Distance Galaxy Ever

    March 11, 2017 2:34 PM 11

    Evidence of the Universe’s first stars was just found in a galaxy far, far away. Galaxy A2744_YD4 is the farthest galaxy ever observed by astronomers. Located about 13 billion light-years away, it’s filled with dust from exploded stars — and according to scientists, the dust could be the remnants of the first stars in the Universe. Because it’s so far away, astronomers

  • 5 Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Created

    March 9, 2017 7:02 PM 18

    Scientists have created five synthetic yeast chromosomes and placed them inside yeast cells. The chromosomes are composed of the normal letters, or base pairs, that make up DNA, but the sequence is slightly different from those found naturally in yeast. The new chromosomes could help answer basic science questions, such as what is the purpose of portions

  • Synthetic yeast chromosomes help probe mysteries of evolution

    March 9, 2017 7:01 PM 10

    To work out how the yeast genome evolved, bioengineers are recreating it. Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once pondered what would happen if the cassette “tape of life” were rewound and played again. Synthetic biologists have tested one aspect of this notion by engineering chromosomes from scratch, sticking them into yeast and seeing whether

  • Rare Whale Species Captured on Video for the First Time

    March 8, 2017 1:51 PM 7

    A video of a rare species of whale has been released, marking the first time the whale has been captured on film in the wild. The True's beaked whale has only ever been seen alive by a few people, The Washington Post reports. They are thought to spend over 90% of their lives deep under the ocean surface. A 46-second video clip of the animal was taken

  • Moon mission will test an anti-radiation vest for astronauts

    March 6, 2017 3:21 AM 10

    The shield could be vital to future Mars landings. What you see above is only a mockup, but the first production vest should be ready by the end of 2017. And no, the first test won't involve humans. The Orion mission should fly with an AstroRad strapped to a torso dummy to see how much radiation it absorbs, with an unprotected dummy serving as a reference

  • China's 1st cargo spacecraft to make three rendezvous with Tiangong-2

    March 4, 2017 6:12 AM 11

    BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab three times after its planned launch in April, sources said Saturday. Tianzhou-1 will be sent into space from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province aboard a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket, according

  • Scientists Build New Computer Made of DNA

    March 2, 2017 8:22 PM 14

    Computing with DNA was first proposed in 1994 as a way to solve problems faster than with normal computers. DNA has a number of advantages over silicon that makes it ideal for problem solving, namely that it's extremely small and highly stable. But the biggest advantage of DNA is that it can copy itself. In computing terms, this means that a DNA computer

  • New fossils found 'proof' life on Earth existed earlier than thought

    March 1, 2017 11:51 PM 8

    PARIS, France – The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago when our planet was still in its infancy, researchers reported Wednesday, March 1. Even at the lower end of the spectrum, "the microfossils we discovered are about 300 million years older" than any runners-up, said Dominic Papineau, a professor