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Traces of ancient viruses which infected our ancestors millions of years ago are more widespread in us than previously thought. A study shows how extensively viruses from as far back as the dinosaur era still thrive in our genetic material. It sheds light on the origins of a big proportion of our genetic material, much of which is still not understood. The scientists investigated the genomes of 38 mammals including humans, mice, rats,...

2012-04-24

 virus dinosaur ancient cell genome human animal genetics
Attempts to hamper the development of GM crops threaten the future of the poorest of the poor.

2012-05-27

 genetical engineering GM crop poverty development aid
Irish mathematicians may have solved the mystery of why bubbles in stout beers such as Guinness sink: it may simply be down to the glass. Simulations suggest an upward flow at the glass's centre and a downward flow at its edges in which the liquid carried the bubbles down with it. But the reasons behind this flow pattern remained a mystery...

2012-05-29

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The UK ambassador to Argentina has been summoned to explain to officials in Buenos Aires why part of Antarctica has been renamed in honour of the Queen.

2012-12-22

 Argentina UK Antarctica land ownership queen name
Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed a century ago by a member of Captain Scott's polar team, are finally being made public...

2012-06-10

 penguin necrophilia Antarctica sex
The quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the north-east Pacific Ocean has increased a hundred fold over the past 40 years.

2012-05-09

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The decline of linguistic and cultural diversity is linked to the loss of biodiversity, a study has suggested. The authors said that 70% of the world's languages were found within the planet's biodiversity hotspots. Data showed that as these important environmental areas were degraded over time, cultures and languages in the area were also being lost...

2012-05-13

 biodiversity diversity language culture extinction nature
A 69-year-old professional artist from Leeds has devised an experiment to find out if people who look the same also sound the same.

2012-05-11

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Vesta is the only remaining example of the original objects that came together to form the rocky planets, like Earth and Mars, some 4.6 billion years ago.

2012-05-11

 asteroid Vesta rock iron core planet Solar System probe
Researchers in the US have demonstrated a means to use short sections of DNA as rewritable data "bits" in living cells...

2012-05-22

 biology DNA memory computer

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