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The rock record got a bad rap. Fossil diversity accurately reflects history

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Say an EKG machine is monitoring your heart, when it suddenly flatlines. You'd be keenly interested to know whether your heart had stopped or the machine had simply gone on the fritz. Paleontologists have faced a similar (if slightly less urgent) puzzle when it comes to the geologic record...
The rock record got a bad rap. Fossil diversity accurately reflects history

Microsoft Research and the UN team up to build a computational model of ecosystems across the world

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Microsoft Research and UN scientists have teamed up to build the first general-purpose computer model of whole ecosystems across the entire world. The project was detailed in a recent Nature article titled “Ecosystems: Time to model all life on Earth,” which unfortunately requires a subscription. Thankfully, details have started to...
Microsoft Research and the UN team up to build a computational model of ecosystems across the world
Scientists Create a "Dow Jones" for Ocean Health

5 Things I Learned About the Future from Stephen Wolfram

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Lots of the knowledge dropped at South By Southwest Interactive is vertical. In the sense that tech people use that word, "vertical" means focused on a particular market or problem and all its implications from top to bottom. Talks tend to be about the business of this or that, or...
5 Things I Learned About the Future from Stephen Wolfram

New verdict in scientific whodunit: Dino-killing space rock was a comet

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About 65 million years ago, a huge space rock slammed into the Yucatan, producing a catastrophe for life on Earth. Now some scientists say they've identified the culprit. [Read more]...
New verdict in scientific whodunit: Dino-killing space rock was a comet

Experts confirm asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Dinosaurs were wiped out by a huge asteroid that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago with the force of a billion atomic bombs, scientists said, hoping to lay an age-old debate to rest once and for all.The definitive verdict came from an international panel of experts...
Experts confirm asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs

This 1-Minute Video of the Earth's Rising Temperatures Will Keep You Up at Night

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2012 was not the hottest year on record, but the direction we're heading is pretty clearly a bad one. Whew! We did it! We didn't have another warmest-year-on-record! Just kidding. 2012 might not have been the warmest year on record (in fact it was the ninth) but that is no...
This 1-Minute Video of the Earth's Rising Temperatures Will Keep You Up at Night

Google Street View captures the rebirth and renewal of New Orleans, 7 years after Hurricane Katrina

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Although Google’s “don’t be evil” saying doesn’t always ring true to its actions, some of the search giant’s work is pretty miraculous. From taking us to the South Pole, to documenting life on earth for future generations, there’s magic built into those goofy Street View cars. With this in mind,...
Google Street View captures the rebirth and renewal of New Orleans, 7 years after Hurricane Katrina

Missing rocks may explain why life started playing shell games

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The familiar Cambrian explosion, which started around 540 million years ago, was a game-changer for life on Earth. Bacteria (and archaea) had ruled the planet for over 3 billion years before multi-cellular animals came on the scene. When they did, they diversified rapidly (at least in terms of the...
Missing rocks may explain why life started playing shell games

Jumsoft releases first collection of iBooks Author themes with ‘Book Palette 1.0′

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Jumsoft has just released Book Palette 1.0 on the Mac App Store– a collection of templates and themes for Apple’s recently released iBooks Author platform. The first release of many to come includes 10 templates from business to cookbooks that all include customizable layouts, covers, chapter pages, tables of...
Jumsoft releases first collection of iBooks Author themes with ‘Book Palette 1.0′

Life's first cells may have evolved in geothermal pools

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Team of scientists speculates that the last common ancestor of life on Earth got its start in the planet's natural hot tubs. [Read more]...
Life's first cells may have evolved in geothermal pools

Antarctic lake research abandoned

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British scientists halt project to take samples from lake entombed under 3km of ice after drilling fails to go according to planAn ambitious plan by a team of British scientists at the Antarctic to look for life in a lake buried under almost 2 miles of ice was abandoned this...
Antarctic lake research abandoned

Landsat watches over the Earth, documenting 28 years of change

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Collections of Landsat satellite imagery captured over 28 years, combined with Google Earth images, show the changing landscape of life on Earth. [Read more]...
Landsat watches over the Earth, documenting 28 years of change

Emerging top paid iOS apps: Plague Inc, Nick Jr Draw & Play HD and Bike Baron

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This week’s paid charts have a new champion in the No. 1 spot – Ndemic Creations’ new game Plague Inc, which tops the charts for both the iPhone and iPad. The $0.99 game casts players a deadly plague trying to wipe out all life on earth while adapting to fight off humanity’s...
Emerging top paid iOS apps: Plague Inc, Nick Jr Draw & Play HD and Bike Baron
First private deep space mission will search for Earth-destroying asteroids
New papers deal huge blow to NASA backed finding on arsenic-based life

The Gopher That Lives in Russia's Main Space Launch Facility

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We have the see of a hit Pixar movie: A gopher on the steppes of Kazakhstan at a Russian cosmodrome. Just imagine all his wacky hijinks! This is a Russian YouTube video of the playful creature who lives in the shadow of a rocket launch pad at Baikonur, a space...
The Gopher That Lives in Russia's Main Space Launch Facility

Books Continue to Evolve - Check Out E.O. Wilson's 'Life on Earth' iBook

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Last month Apple announced iBooks 2, the next generation of its e-book app for iPhone and iPad. iBooks 2 was notable for the launch of a new breed of interactive digital textbooks, designed for the iPad. The books feature videos, photos, diagrams, rotating 3D objects, "Study Cards" for notes...
Books Continue to Evolve - Check Out E.O. Wilson's 'Life on Earth' iBook
Origin of life researchers figure out how to build bigger RNAs

Antarctic lake race sees scientists dash for life's secrets in subglacial world

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Lake Vostok reached after drilling 2.3 miles down, says Russian team as they and rivals seek organisms in long-lost watersOne hundred years after Robert Falcon Scott raced Roald Amundsen to be the first to reach the south pole, scientists are engaged in another dash at the bottom of the world,...
Antarctic lake race sees scientists dash for life's secrets in subglacial world

The Engadget Show 41: 'Space' with NASA, SETI, Liftport and Mary Roach

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"Space," a great man once said, "is the place." Over the centuries, the cosmos have inspired mankind's imagination and innovation, in pursuit of that final frontier. The past few decades, however, have seen a fading of such romantic pursuits, a phenomenon no better illustrated than with the end of...
The Engadget Show 41: 'Space' with NASA, SETI, Liftport and Mary Roach

Researchers find that life on Earth could have originated from space ice dust

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This week, researchers announced that they used a powerful telescope called the Green Bank Telescope to identify two of the most sought-after life-forming molecules -- and they've found them floating on ice grains near the center of the galaxy....
Researchers find that life on Earth could have originated from space ice dust

Synthetic DNA substitute gets its own enzymes, undergoes evolution

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On Earth, all life is dependent upon the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA. But researchers Including those who are wondering how to detect life somewhere other than Earth, have wondered whether other information-bearing polymers might also serve this purpose. Is there something special about DNA and RNA, or did...
Synthetic DNA substitute gets its own enzymes, undergoes evolution

Study: Earth microbes could survive Martian conditions

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If NASA isn't extremely careful about sterilization, then life on Mars could end up being exactly the same as certain forms of bacteria life on Earth. [Read more]...
Study: Earth microbes could survive Martian conditions

DailyDirt: Interstellar Travel -- 'To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before'

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If only interstellar travel were as easy as it is depicted in movies and TV shows like Star Trek... While we won't be traveling beyond our solar system anytime soon, there are already plenty of efforts underway to develop the technologies needed to make interstellar travel a reality. Here are...
DailyDirt: Interstellar Travel -- 'To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before'

NASA's Footage of a Massive X-Class Solar Flare

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NASA has been tracking a major sunspot, Active Region 1429, which released this X5.4 solar flare on March 6. "Stay tuned for more from this very active sunspot," NASA says. The sun's surface has been especially active for the past few months, with solar storms erupting in January. We...
NASA's Footage of a Massive X-Class Solar Flare

Steven Spielberg to Discover Future Earth

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Discovery Channel announced yesterday that not only are they working with Pixar on an upcoming special, but they’re also working with Steven Spielberg on a new mini-series which will imagine out sci-non-fi future. Future Earth aims to be an epic mini-series examining what life on Earth will be like...
Steven Spielberg to Discover Future Earth

History As You've Never Seen It Before—In True Color [Photography]

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In 1909, wealthy French banker Albert Kahn set out to create "a photographic inventory of human life on Earth." His teams took 72,000 autochrome photographs in over 50 countries, comprising the largest collection of early color photography in existence. More » Photography - Art - photographer - Arts and Entertainment...
History As You've Never Seen It Before—In True Color [Photography]

Fossils in Western Australia could hold clues for life on Earth ... and beyond

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Traces of bacteria found in archaeologically productive Pilbara region may date from 3.5bn years agoScientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49bn years ago, a mere 1bn years after Earth formed.If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old,...
Fossils in Western Australia could hold clues for life on Earth ... and beyond
Astronomers find life on Earth by looking at the Moon
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