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Research reveals new extinct species of giant shark

Research reveals new extinct species of giant shark

Scientists have discovered a rare new species of extinct shark that roamed the oceans 20 million years ago. Dubbed Megalolamna paradoxodon, the predator was identified by its widely dispersed tooth fossils, which have been recovered from beds as far apart as California, North Carolina, Peru, and Japan. The new species, which was identified in research published this week in the ... Read More »

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently: Research

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently: Research

Our planet has hit a scary threshold. We are now permanently over 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although the planet has gone over this number before, this is the first time we have not dropped below that number in a year, and most scientists think we won’t see a number below it again. September is ... Read More »

New quantum computer with first 2,000-qubit processor “Report”

New quantum computer with first 2,000-qubit processor 'Report'

QUANTUM COMPUTING just got even more bonkers with the latest announcement from D-Wave. The company’s “most advanced” quantum computer features the first 2,000-qubit processor, doubling the capacity of the previous D-Wave 2X model currently deployed in a joint venture between Google and NASA. D-Wave modestly admitted that this gives the firm a serious march on others in the field. Read More »

Toughie the Frog, Likely the Last of His Species; Dies in Georgia

Toughie the Frog, Likely the Last of His Species, Dies in Georgia

A frog named Toughie, likely the last of his species, died quietly in his enclosure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this week. Toughie was the last known living Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog in captivity. Toughie was estimated to be about 12 years old. Zoo Atlanta scientists and the Atlanta Botanical Garden led the effort to discover and formally name the ... Read More »

NASA, let’s send a condom into space: RFSU

NASA, let’s send a condom into space: RFSU

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education has released a PSA asking NASA to rocket some condoms to space. Today it’s World Contraception Day – A day dedicated to contraceptives that give humans the option to decide if and when to have kids, one of the most important decisions a person can make. The condom might look simple, but it is ... Read More »

Warm ocean linked to toxic algae bloom, finds new research

Warm ocean linked to toxic algae bloom, finds new research

Unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures contributed to a massive bloom of toxic algae off North America’s west coast last year, says a recent study. Nicknamed “the blob,” the bloom closed important fisheries and disrupted marine life including seabirds and sea lions. Scientists at the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic ... Read More »

Ghost Minitaur Robot Opens Door Like a Cat (Watch)

Ghost Minitaur Robot Opens Door Like a Cat (Video)

Ghost Minitaur is a medium-sized legged robot platform. Its high-torque brushless outrunner motors and specialized leg design let this machine run and jump over difficult terrain. High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the machine see the ground through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye, Jiren Parikh, CEO of its manufacturer, Ghost Robotics, says it can even ... Read More »

Researchers could unleash genetically-edited organisms into wild, warn experts

Researchers could unleash genetically-edited organisms into wild, warn experts

The new technology of genome editing, which is set to transform every aspect of genetic engineering in fields from medicine to agriculture, requires “urgent ethical scrutiny” according to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Using the new technology, known as CRSPR-Cas9, does not require a high level of scientific knowledge, raising concerns that malicious “biohackers” or careless enthusiasts might create something ... Read More »

Researchers Found More Evidence On How DNA Evolved

Researchers find evidence that life on Earth didn't only originate from RNA

A new research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has offered a surprising twist of how life began on earth, questioning the likeability of the “RNA World” Hypothesis and proposing that DNA may have also existed when life began. “Even if you believe in a RNA-only world, you have to believe in something that existed with RNA to help it ... Read More »