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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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