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It seems to indicate a deep ocean hydrothermal vent bacterial biota.

"3.77-billion-year-old fossils stake new claim to oldest evidence of life" | Science

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These tubelike structures, formed of an iron ore called hematite, may be microfossils of 3.77-billion-year-old life at ancient hydrothermal vents.
Image Credit: Matthew Dodd


Life on Earth may have originated in the sunless depths of the ocean rather than shallow seas. In a new study, scientists studying 3.77-billion-year-old rocks have found tubelike fossils similar to structures found at hydrothermal vents, which host thriving biological communities. That would make them more than 300 million years older than the most ancient signs of life on Earth--fossilized microbial mats called stromatolites that grew in shallow seas. Other scientists are skeptical about the new claims.

"The authors offer a convincing set of observations that could signify life," says Kurt Konhauser, a geomicrobiologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, who was not involved in the study. But "at present, I do not see a way in which we will definitively prove ancient life at 3.8 billion years ago."

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Taken together, the structures and their chemistry point to a biological origin near a submarine hydrothermal vent, the team reports online today in Nature. That would make them among the oldest signs of life on Earth--and, depending on the actual age of the rocks, possibly the oldest.

That doesn't necessarily mean that life originated in deep waters rather than in shallow seas, Papineau says. "It's not necessarily mutually exclusive--if we are ready to accept the fact that life diversified very early." Both the iron-oxidizing bacteria and the photosynthetic cyanobacteria that build stromatolite mats could have evolved from an earlier ancestor, he says.

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This is interesting. I'd like to see the data.   

"UA Study Shows Stark Differences in How Conservatives, Liberals See Data"

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Conservatives are less interested than liberals in viewing novel scientific data, according to a psychology researcher at The University of Alabama.

Dr. Alexa Tullett, assistant professor of psychology at UA, recently conducted the project, titled "Is ideology the enemy of inquiry? Examining the link between political orientation and lack of interest in novel data." The article will be published in the Journal of Research and Personality in August.

In three separate studies, Tullett and colleagues offered participants in both the Deep South and West Coast a chance to view data on three topics: the justness of the world, the efficacy of social safety nets and the benefits of social media. Participants were given no advanced knowledge of what the data would tell them. Tullett found that conservatives were less interested in viewing empirical data than liberals in all three studies. Moreover, conservatives were more skeptical about the value of science compared with liberals. These differences suggest that conservatives and liberals may differ with respect to the kinds of information they find persuasive in the context of political debate, Tullett said.

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Science / The AWAKE Project at CERN, and Silliness
The AWAKE project at CERN had its first test in the middle of last month. Sharp-eyed wearers of tinfoil hats found the weather that took place in the area at the time to be highly alarming: "Bizarre 'Portal-Shaped Clouds' Form Over CERN During The 'Awake Experiment'"

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There are some "major concerns" about what the scientists at CERN are doing these days.  The European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known by the acronym "CERN", is purposely smashing particles into one another at astonishingly high speeds.  Just last month, the researchers working at the facility began a new experiment called "Awake" that uses "plasma wakefields driven by a proton beam" to accelerate charged particles.  On June 24th, pictures of some extremely bizarre "portal-shaped cloud formations" were taken in the area just above the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  Could it be possible that there is some sort of a connection between this new "Awake" experiment" and these strange cloud formations?  And precisely what do the researchers hope to "awaken" anyway?

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On top of everything else, the people running CERN decided to choose a logo that seems to contain "666"...





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At least now we know what a "portal" looks like.

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I think this is amazing news.

"First human CRISPR trial given go-ahead: your questions answered" | New Scientist

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The CRISPR gene editing revolution is happening even faster than we expected. Many thought human trials of therapies using the technique were still years away. But yesterday, a US federal committee gave its nod of approval - meaning the first trial could start later this year. The therapy is designed to treat cancer but the main purpose of this first trial is safety. If it succeeds, it will encourage many other groups to start testing treatments that involve CRISPR.

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