Scientists may have just found the chemical "missing link" for the origins of life on Earth

November 7, 2017 by  
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In attempting to recreate the conditions of Earth circa billions of years ago, a research team may have uncovered a key “missing link” in our knowledge of the origin of life on Earth. The discovery of diamidophosphate (DAP), a compound that may have been present in early Earth, is an exciting step forward in understanding how early life emerged from various ingredients and conditions. “It reminds me of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, who waves a wand and ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ everything simple is transformed into something more complex and interesting,” said Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy , senior author of the study published in  Nature Chemistry  and chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in California. The key to DAP’s “magic” is its ability to facilitate a process called phosphorylation, an essential process in the function of chemicals from neurotransmitters to proteins , and the linking of a particular compound with a phosphate. This process is very common in biochemistry and enables proteins, neurotransmitters and countless other chemicals to function within organic systems. To determine DAP’s fitness to facilitate the origins of life, the team checked DAP’s ability to phosphorylate with several crucial organic compounds. These included RNA, which is essential for the decoding and messaging of genetic information as well as protein synthesis, fatty acids, which make up cell membranes, and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Related: Researchers shocked to discover protein that conducts electricity All of the tested organic chemicals, when mixed with water and an additional chemical thought to be found on early Earth, successfully reacted with the DAP. While scientists lack the ability to truly know what early Earth was like, or whether the origin of life involved DAP, these experiments show one feasible path through which life could have developed. Via Newsweek Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

December 24, 2015 by  
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WSI Forecast It seems the East and West Coasts have done some sort of Freaky Friday switch this Christmas, with peculiar weather conditions for each region. Weather maps for this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have a lot of people seeing red, with record highs blasting through many parts of the East Coast. Meanwhile the West Coast is suffering a deep freeze, creating the wackiest weather map we’ve seen in a long time- a literal divide of blue and red. Read the rest of Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

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Culinary artist creates perfect gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

December 24, 2015 by  
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KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

May 8, 2013 by  
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TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

May 8, 2013 by  
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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

May 8, 2013 by  
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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

January 10, 2013 by  
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Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it easy to monitor the health of your leafy friends. The small branch-shaped device can be inserted into the soil of your houseplants or lawn and used to monitor moisture, sunlight, humidity, temperature, and fertilizer conditions via your smartphone. Their corresponding application holds a database of up to 6,000 species, helping you care for your specific plant. It is a busy world, and there are times when even the most diligent gardener could use a reminder on when to water their house plants. Parrot’s Flower Power sends you notifications and updates on your plants’ health via their Bluetooth-enabled sensor. A library of over 6,000 plants developed by botanists allows users to tailor their own care regiments. The AAA battery remains charged for six months, and the models come in both Emerald and Wood finishes. Parrot has yet to provide pricing and release information, but the Flower Power should be available soon. + Parrot Via Engadget

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Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction

January 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When you think of the iconic animals of Africa, the lion is probably on the top of your list. Sadly, according to report by conservation group LionAid , a total of just 640 lions remain in all of western and central Africa. Already extinct in 25 African nations and disappearing in 10 others, the catastrophic decline in lion populations can be attributed to high levels of poverty, an undeveloped wildlife tourism industry, and a lack of political interest in conservation. Countries such as Nigeria have as few as 34 individuals left, making it virtually impossible to rebuild a population from such a small number. Researchers from Duke University have noted that a full three-quarters of savannah habitat has disappeared in the last fifty years, estimating that only 32,000 lions remain on continent. LionAid says they believe that the number is probably in fact far lower. Read the rest of Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , asiatic lions , burkina , cameroon , central africa , central african republic , chad , Duke University , endangered species act , lion , lionaid , niger , nigeria , US Fish and Wildlife Service , West Africa

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The iPotty Uses iPad to Entertain Tots While Potty Training

January 10, 2013 by  
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New York-based CTA digital featured their latest product for children, the iPotty at CES 2013 in this BBC video . Armed with a built-in removable stand for an iPad, the iPotty is to help entertain children while they learn to potty train. Whether you think this would be a great help to keep a tot still for potty-training or think it’s ridiculous that technology is involved with bathroom business, we want to hear your thoughts. Tell us what you think after the jump ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aap , american adacemy of pediatrics , CES 2013 , children and technology , cta digital , iPad , ipotty , New York. , parenting , potty training

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Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days

January 10, 2013 by  
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It has been 320 days since there has been a measurable snowfall in  Chicago , setting a new  weather record  for the midwestern city. The total snowfall amounted to only 1.3 inches as of Sunday, significantly less than the 11.5 inches Chicago winters usually produce by this time of year. The previous record of 320 consecutive snowless days had stood for 72 years, since 1940. Read the rest of Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chicago snowfall , Chicago water resources , Chicago weather record , Climate Change , global warming , road salt costs , US climate changes , US weather changes , water scarcity , weather forecast Chicago

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