Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Resurrecting 500 million year-old gene and behavior of foams in microgravity

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli bacteria. The experiment is helping scientists observe evolution in action. See article.
g Intelligence - The diet of Australopithecus anamensis, a hominid that lived in the east of the African continent more than 4 million years ago, was very specialized and, according to a scientific study whose principal author is Ferran Estebaranz, from the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Barcelona, it included foods typical of open environments (seeds, sedges, grasses, etc.), as well as fruits and tubers. See article.
g Cosmicus - Research on the behavior of foams in microgravity has caught the attention of private industry. After performing experiments on parabolic flights, low-Earth orbit could be the next step in studying the science of foams. See article.

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