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Oldest life form found within World Heritage Area in Australia

JK NNI NEWS PTI Scientists have discovered rare, living specimens of stromatolites – the oldest evidence of life on Earth – deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Australia. Researchers, including those from University of Tasmania in Australia, made the discovery during a survey of peat-bound karstic wetlands – an unusual type of swamp which occurs only in ...

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No More Blackouts? New Framework Guarantees the Stability of Microgrids

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR Source: Jennifer Chu, MIT News By installing capacitors, MIT engineers reveal a new method for guaranteeing the stability of any microgrid that runs on direct current. Today, more than 1.3 billion people are living without regular access to power, including more than 300 million in India and 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In these and ...

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Asteroid Chicxulub Impactor Changed the History of Life on Earth

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR Source: Tohoku University An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere. Soot is a strong, light-absorbing aerosol that caused global climate ...

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Scientists Reveal a New Way to Shut Down Cancer Cells’ Ability to Consume Glucose

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR Source: Garth Sundem, University of Colorado Engineering and Validation of CDK8as/as HCT116 Cells (A) Cartoon depicting the creation of analog-sensitive CDK8-AS by altering the gatekeeper residue in the kinase active site. Structures of ATP and the analog 3MB-PP1 are shown for reference. (B) Outline of genome-editing strategy to generate CDK8as/as HCT116 cells. Each round entailed ...

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Study Shows Six-Month Old Babies Have a Sense of Probability

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR SOURCE BabiesChildrenCognitive ScienceMax Planck InstituteNeurologyNeuroscienceProbability Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have now shown that even six-month-old babies have a sense of probability. One of the most important features of the human mind is its ability to make generalizations based on sparse data. Our brain accomplishes this task ...

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Zombie’ star survived going supernova

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR By Paul Rincon t’s the astronomical equivalent of a horror film adversary: a star that just wouldn’t stay dead. When most stars go supernova, they die in a single blast, but astronomers have found a star that survived not one, but five separate explosions. The “zombie” star kept erupting for nearly two years – six ...

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Researchers Develop New Method for Making “Blood Biopsies”

JK NNI NEWS RAFIA BASHIR Source: Broad Institute Reporting in Nature Communications, the team demonstrates that nearly 90 percent of a tumor’s genetic features can be detected in blood samples using whole-exome sequencing, and that the method can be effectively applied in up to 49 percent of patients with advanced cancer — a number likely to increase as sequencing becomes ...

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Greenland ice at much more risk than thought, says study

JK NNI NEWS WORLD WEB New Delhi: Up to four times more coastal glaciers in Greenland are at risk of accelerated melting than previously thought, say scientists. Researchers from NASA and the University of California Irvine in the US created the most comprehensive, accurate and high-resolution relief maps ever made of Greenland’s bedrock and coastal seafloor. Among the many data sources incorporated into the new ...

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AI to replace humans as dominant being on Earth, Stephen Hawking warns

JK NNI NEWS Indo Asian News Service Artificial Intelligence (A) will soon replace humans as the dominant being on the plant, predicts scientist Stephen Hawking.Professor Hawking says that our time on Earth is numbered after we passed the point of “no return”. The theoretical physicist says that developments in AI have been so great that the machines will one day ...

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Launch of new Orion spaceship has NASA flying high

JK NNI NEWS IANS With the imminent debut of its Orion spacecraft, NASA is on a high not felt since the space shuttle days. Shuttle veterans, in fact, are leading the charge in Thursday morning’s two-orbit, 4½-hour test flight, meant to shake out the capsule before astronauts climb aboard — eventually, perhaps, to visit Mars. “We haven’t had this feeling ...

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