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Bacteria from Earth can colonise Mars, Says NASA

Bacteria from Earth can colonise Mars

In the race to colonize Mars, microbes may end up the big winners. So says new research from the International Space Station and which was included in the conclusions of three recent papers that appeared in the journal Astrobiology: “Survival of Rock-Colonizing Organisms After 1.5 Years in Outer Space,” “Resistance of Bacterial Endospores to Outer Space for Planetary Protection Purposes” ... Read More »

Bee and butterfly drink crocodile tears (Photo – Video)

Bee and butterfly drink crocodile tears

Butterflies and bees have found an unlikely source of nutrients in the tears of crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Río Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica. Aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa spotted the phenomenon while passing the crocodiles on a boat travelling along the river. De la Rosa photographed the insects drinking the tears of a spectacled ... Read More »

Canada’s Exploding Whale Probably Won’t Explode (Video)

Canada's Exploding Whale Probably Won't Explode

A putrid stench has been hanging in the air over the town of Trout River, Nfld, due to a decaying blue whale washed up on their beach, but the situation may become even more horrid as this dead, bloated whale may soon explode! Just from television, movies and the internet, it’s common enough knowledge that dead things start to smell, ... Read More »

Neanderthals ‘as clever as modern humans’, Say Scientists

Neanderthals 'as clever as modern humans', Say Scientists

The widely-held idea that Neanderthals were wiped out because they were intellectually inferior is not supported by scientific evidence, say experts. The species — which is closely related to humans and lived between 350,000-40,000 years ago — might instead have disappeared because they interbred with humans, Paola Villa and Wil Roebroeks claim in a paper published yesterday. Read More »

Hawking warns on Artificial Intelligence

Hawking warns on Artificial Intelligence

Washington: Creating Artificial Intelligence (AI) would be the greatest moment in histroy for mankind but unfortunately it also can be its last, Dr Stephen Hawking was quoted as saying in a report in The Independent. Discussing Jonny Depp’s latest film Transcendence, which delves into a world where computers can surpass the abilities of humans, Dr Hawking said dismissing the film ... Read More »

Physicists Just Figured Out How the Egyptian Pyramids Were Built

Physicists Just Figured Out How the Egyptian Pyramids Were Built

Speculation has long existed about how the ancient Egyptians built the great pyramids – constructed from heavy stone blocks – ranging from rolling sleds over logs to aliens. In the dry desert, researchers had never before thought about the possibility of water being used to aid their assembly. But, now scientists may have finally figured out how the ancient Egyptians ... Read More »

Manitoba : Province plots attack on zebra mussels

Manitoba : Province plots attack on zebra mussels

The Manitoba government plans to close four major harbours on Lake Winnipeg in an attempt to eradicate invasive zebra mussels, and one scientist thinks someone has “fouled up.” The small filter-feeding mussels reproduce aggressively and were first spotted in Lake Winnipeg’s algae-ridden waters in October 2013. Department of Fisheries and Oceans has worked closely with the province since then in ... Read More »

Viruses Hijack Deep-Sea Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents, Study

Viruses Hijack Deep-Sea Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents, Study

More than a mile beneath the ocean’s surface, as dark clouds of mineral-rich water billow from seafloor hot springs called hydrothermal vents, unseen armies of viruses and bacteria wage war. Like pirates boarding a treasure-laden ship, the viruses infect bacterial cells to get the loot: tiny globules of elemental sulfur stored inside the bacterial cells. Read More »

Acidic Oceans Are Dissolving Tiny Snails’ Shells : NOAA

Acidic Oceans Are Dissolving Tiny Snails' Shells : NOAA

A NOAA-led research team discovered that increased ocean acidity is dissolving the shells of tiny marine snails off the West Coast, according to a new paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers estimate that the percentage of these affected pteropods has doubled in the continental shelf waters since the pre-industrial era, and is expected to triple by ... Read More »

Canada : Beached dead whale stinks up Newfoundland town

Canada : Beached dead whale stinks up Newfoundland town

A whale that washed up on shore in Newfoundland is in danger of exploding, according to experts in Trout River, Canada. The town clerk, Emily Butler, told Canadian news service NTV that the blue whale carcass that washed up on the town’s boardwalk last week is decaying and filled with methane gas, which could lead the whale to explode. Read More »