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Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

NASA researchers have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as many as 60,000 years in Mexico’s Naica Mine cave system.

Penelope Boston of the federal agency’s Astrobiology Institute said that nearly 100 different sorts of microbes, most of which are bacteria, were discovered locked in Naica crystals for 10,000 to 60,000 years.

The huge crystals were discovered in the Naica mine in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which is famous for producing lead, zinc and silver. It has huge crystals, some as many as 50 feet long.

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Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied at Copley Square on Sunday to protest what they call the “anti-science forces” in power in Washington.

Organizers said they assembled to oppose the Trump administration’s actions against evidence-based science because climate change is a fact, and next generations would pay the price if it is not dealt with now.

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Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was called off less than 15 seconds before its planned liftoff on Saturday due to a concern with the vehicle's steering mechanism, CEO Elon Musk said.

The launch of the private space firm's Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) was scheduled to take place at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18th. But, a slightly odd behavior of the rocket's upper stage engine steering system forced the company to call off the launch.

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NASA to send a superbug to ISS

NASA to send a superbug to ISS

An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is all set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic 39A pad.

NASA researcher Dr. Anita Goel said sending antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria to zero-gravity environment in space would help them better understand how a superbug mutates to gain ability to resist available antibiotics.

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Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

A team of researchers exploring a Mexican cave system claimed to have discovered microbial life trapped in crystals that could be as many as 50,000 years old.

Penelope Boston, chief of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, said the weird and ancient microbes were found dormant inside crystals in a cave system in Naica, Mexico. The researchers also determined that the microbe were able to exist by living on minerals like iron and manganese.

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NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA scientists believe that our solar system has nine planets, and they want member of the public to help them discover that ninth planet.

Space projects site Zooniverse has recently launched a NASA-funded venture, titled “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which allows members of the public to participate in the search for the yet-to-be-discovered planet.

Project managers said anyone can participate in the search for the ninth planet, which is also called the Planet X.

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Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists have defined a hidden continent called Zealandia that would be the world's eighth and smallest continent if would not be under water.

Zealandia is the continent that New Zealand sits on. Situated to the east of Australia, it is 94 per cent below the Pacific Ocean. Scientists estimated that it has an area of 4.9 million square kilometers.

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Harvard, M.I.T. scientists win gene-editing patent battle

Harvard, M.I.T. scientists win gene-editing patent battle

In a bitterly fought dispute over the rights to the gene-editing technology Crispr-Cas9, the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

The federal regulator's ruling means the Broad Institute, which is a research center affiliated with Harvard and M. I. T., will retain more than a dozen patents granted on the use of the Crispr-Cas9 technology that allows scientists to modify DNA in the cells of humans, animals and plants.

2015/16 El Niño caused unprecedented damage to California beaches: study

2015/16 El Niño caused unprecedented damage to California beaches: study

Last year’s El Niño may not have brought much downpour to southern parts of California, but it took a significant toll on the state’s beautiful beaches.

A new study of the coastal changes at more than two dozen beaches across the state of California, Oregon and Washington revealed that the 2015-16 El Niño caused unmatched erosion across most of the West Coast.

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Researchers discover first live birth evidence in pre-dinosaur reptile

Researchers discover first live birth evidence in pre-dinosaur reptile

A team of Chinese researchers have unearthed an extraordinary fossil of an ancient pregnant long-necked marine reptile that lived millions of years prior to the dinosaurs in the southern part of the country.

The fossil belongs to nearly 245 million-year-old creature that had a developing embryo at the time of its death. It indicated this ancient reptile used to give birth to live babies and not laying eggs.

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