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‘Undead’ genes come alive days after life ends

Does death really mean the end of our existence? Great thinkers from Plato to Blue Öyster Cult have weighed in on the question. Now, a study shows that that at least one aspect of life continues: Genes remain turned on days after animals die. Resear...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 1, 2016

Researchers find human development’s first gear

Oxford University researchers are closer to solving a decade-old mystery after discovering that a set of genes they are studying play a key role in early human development. Genes only act in one brief period during the early stages of an embryo ...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 30, 2016

Humans artificially drive evolution of new species

Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human activities, but humans are also causing rapid evolution and the emergence of new species. A new study published today summarises the causes of humanmade speciation, and discusses why new...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 30, 2016

Bird Feathers Haven’t Evolved in ”100 Million Years,” Wings Trapped in Amber Suggest

The ancient feathers look at lot like this one. Joel Kontinen The little feathers trapped in amber are assumed to be almost 100 years old. Whereas New Scientist reports that they belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs, National Geographic is more fo...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 30, 2016

Dinosaurs, Old and New

Tyrannosaurus rex, aside from being a photogenic movie star, was one of the top predators of its day. Ironically, in the Jurassic Park original trilogy (which would have been, more appropriately Triassic Park) tyrannosaurus rex becomes the ultimate p...

Biological Imperative

Nothing used to make you feel smarter than being in a British bookstore. With that curious blend of proper, insane, and bawdy, books are displayed that you might find surprising. Alarming, even. Last year as I strolled around Blackwells in … Co...

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common

The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, demons...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 26, 2016

Clever Ants “Created An Elaborate Farming System 25 Million Years Ago”

A termite mound in Queensland, Australia. Image courtesy of Dale Eaton, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). Joel Kontinen The Bible describes ant as very industrious creatures. ”Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” P...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 26, 2016

Mudskippers Defy Darwinian Dogma of Transition from Water to Land

by Joel Kontinen on Jun 24, 2016

Protein Compounds in Exceptionally Well Preserved “1.88-Billion-Year-Old” Microfossils

Modern cyanobacteria are anything but simple. Image courtesy of Kelvin Song, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). Joel Kontinen ‘Exceptionally’ is the key word in a paper recently published in Nature Communications on microfossils discovered the...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 22, 2016

Protein Compounds in Exceptionally Well Preserved “1.88-Million Year Old” Microfossils

Modern cyanobacteria are anything but simple. Image courtesy of Kelvin Song, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). Joel Kontinen ‘Exceptionally’ is the key word in a paper recently published in Nature Communications on microfossils discovered the...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 22, 2016

The transportation evolution revolution!

The Grasshopper conceptual bike looks unusually fresh, but the keen YD enthusiast will be able to draw parallels with this Honda conceptual bike from more than 10 years ago. Design, like history, repeats itself. Braun’s designs were reinvented in A...
by Best Environment Design on Jun 21, 2016

Elon Musk, Computer Simulations and Transhumanism: Atheists Are Getting Religion

A virtual world? Image courtesy of Maurizio Pesce, Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0). Joel Kontinen Are atheists embracing religious belief? Writing in The Spectator, journalist Daniel Jackson thinks that they are. But it is not a theistic faith the...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 18, 2016

Tricky Little Buggers

Biology concepts – immune defense, antibiotic resistance Naim Süleymanoğlu is better known as Pocket Hercules (4' 10"). He was born in Bulgaria, but is of Turkish descent. He competed and retired several times, and won gold medals from 1983 to 19...
by As Many Exceptions As Rules on Jun 15, 2016

SHORT AND SWEET

“In the beginning God…” “Amen.” I have been wrong before but I’m going to step out on a limb and claim that God could have stopped there. He could have told Moses to write those… Continue Reading… The post...
by Let There Be Pets on Jun 15, 2016

Evolution of exhaust systems between 1990 and 2014. Euro standard

Exhaust system technology has evolved continuously as a result of European environmental requirements. The purpose of all of these requirements is to control the levels of polluting gas emissions and noise from all vehicles sold in the European Union...
by Eure Tech on Jun 15, 2016

Darwinian Logic: Monkeys’ Loss of Voice Control Kept Them From Evolving Language

No speech? Image courtesy of David M. Jensen, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). Joel Kontinen Darwinian just so stories tend to be entertaining. One ingredient that they do not lack is imagination. Here’s a recent example, featuring monkeys an...
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 12, 2016

How 'super organisms' evolve in response to toxic environments

Scientists have long known that many diseases have a strong genetic component, but they are only recently paying more attention to the role played by the relationship between genetics and the environment. The common water flea, Daphnia pulex, will b...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 10, 2016

Second layer of information in DNA confirmed

Leiden theoretical physicists have proven that DNA mechanics, in addition to genetic information in DNA, determines who we are. Helmut Schiessel and his group simulated many DNA sequences and found a correlation between mechanical cues and the way DN...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 10, 2016

New chromosome origin element identified

Newcastle University scientists have discovered a new essential sequence within bacterial genomes required for DNA replication - the second ever to be discovered and the first for 30 years. Bacillus subtilis membrane oriC [Credit: Newcastle Universi...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jun 10, 2016


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