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Several Ancient Viruses Have Been Discovered in 15,000-Year-Old Glacial Ice - ScienceAlert
In 2015, a team of scientists from the United States and China traveled to Tibet to gather samples of Earth's oldest glacial ice.
https://www.sciencealert.com/several-anc...


Ancient African skeletons hint at a “ghost lineage” of humans - Ars Technica
Our African roots have many branches and interactions.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/...


Team develops an electrochemical method for extracting uranium, and potentially other metal ions, from solution - Phys.org
Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes—molecules composed of boron, carbon and hydrogen atoms clustered together in three-dimensional shapes—were seen as the possible basis for next-generation propella…
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Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression - Phys.org
A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality.
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-discovery-...


Deep diving scientists discover bubbling CO2 hotspot - Phys.org
Diving 200 feet under the ocean surface to conduct scientific research can lead to some interesting places. For University of Texas at Austin Professor Bayani Cardenas, it placed him in the middle of a champagne-like environment of bubbling carbon dioxide wit…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-deep-scien...


New evidence shows the first building blocks of life on Earth may have been messier than previously thought - Phys.org
When the Earth was born, it was a mess. Meteors and lightning storms likely bombarded the planet's surface where nothing except lifeless chemicals could survive. How life formed in this chemical mayhem is a mystery billions of years old. Now, a new study offe…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-evidence-b...


Boeing negotiating with NASA on future SLS Core Stage production - NASASpaceflight.com
Now that the first of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stages has shipped from…
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/01/...


World’s oldest fungi, found in fossils, may rewrite Earth’s history - National Geographic
Fungal fossils, hundreds of millions of years older than previously known, shed light on the evolution of fungi, plants, and the planet's surface.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/scien...


Late Neolithic Italy was home to complex networks of metal exchange - Phys.org
During the 4th and 3rd millennia BC, Italy was home to complex networks of metalwork exchange, according to a study published January 22, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andrea Dolfini of Newcastle University (UK), and Gilberto Artioli and Ivana A…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-late-neoli...


Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor - Phys.org
According to ancient lore, Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan, body armor has significantly evolved—silk has given wa…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-recipe-bod...


Signals from inside the Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos - Phys.org
Scientists involved in the Borexino collaboration have presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. The elusive "ghost particles" rarely interact with matter, making their detection difficult. With this up…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-earth-bore...


Sharks Are Evolving to Walk on Land - Futurism
The scientists who discovered the new land sharks insist that humanity is safe.
https://futurism.com/the-byte/sharks-evo...


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