World’s oldest fossils discovered in Canada – and they’re 4 billion-years-old

March 2, 2017 by  
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Around four billion years ago, bacteria formed tiny tubes and filaments, likely in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. An international team of scientists lead by the University College London (UCL) recently discovered those microorganism remains, preserved for billions of years, which the scientists think could be the oldest fossils humans have ever unearthed. The discovery might even hold clues to life on other planets like Mars .

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Net-zero Acacia Avenue House saves up to 90% of heating and cooling costs

March 2, 2017 by  
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This energy-efficient home in Oakland Hills features a patented steel construction technology inspired by the aerospace industry. The house, designed by BONE Structure , features state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and materials which make it not only highly ecological, but also built to last. The house has a soy-based polyurethane thermal envelope that provides optimal insulation. This technology patented by BONE Structure allows homeowners to save up to 90% of their heating and cooling energy costs . All BONE Structure homes are open-concept living spaces without load-bearing walls and have large windows that let in ample amounts of natural light . Related: Low-impact Cape Cod house is designed to provide all its energy on-site The house that is currently for sale features bay and canyon views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright open interior. It boasts five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a living room, home office, gourmet kitchen and a two car garage with interior access. + BONE Structure

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Scientists discovered the world’s oldest fossils – and they date back 3.7 billion years

September 1, 2016 by  
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A new study shows evidence that life on Earth may have begun even earlier than previously thought. Researchers from the University of Wollongong have found fossilized evidence of ancient microbial life in Greenland dating back 3.7 billion years. The new discovery predates the previous earliest signs of life by about 220 million years. Ironically enough, the discovery was only possible due to global warming . The ongoing melting of Greenland ’s perennial snow and ice gave geologists a look into some of the oldest rocks on Earth, preserved throughout the ages by the cold. Generally, these types of metamorphic rocks are simply too weathered by the elements to reveal any clues about their geologic past. These particular rocks contain formations known as stromatolites – a sedimentary formation created by the layered growth of microorganisms . In other words: these rocks are the fossils of millions of years of bacteria-like organisms living, growing, and dying. By analyzing the rocks, scientists have been able to piece together knowledge about the environment in which these ancient organisms lived: it was likely warm, in shallow water – a surprisingly hospitable environment considering that the Earth was bombarded with asteroids and the eruptions of super-volcanos at the time. Related: Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years This new research strengthens the evidence that life on our planet emerged over 4 billion years ago, perhaps only 540 millions years after the Earth itself was formed. The study has been published in the journal Nature . + Nature Via Gizmodo Images via University of Wollongong

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

April 1, 2014 by  
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Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth’s history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most dramatic die-off happened during the Permian 252 million years ago. According to research from MIT , a microbe named Methanosarcina may have been responsible for the demise of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. The tiny organisms multiplied in such numbers that they were able to bombard the atmosphere with methane , causing the oceans to acidify and turn the climate into a hostile environment for life. Read the rest of Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaea , Biodiversity , CO2 , Dinosaur , global warming , greenhouse gas , greg fournier , mass extinction , methane , methanosarcina , microbes , microorganisms , MIT , ocean acidification , permian , siberia , volcanic activity        

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Scientists Revive 30,000 Year-Old Giant Virus from Siberian Permafrost

March 4, 2014 by  
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French scientists have recently revealed that a giant virus uncovered in the Siberian permafrost has been thawed the revived. The virus, which is harmless to humans, had been trapped in the ice for more than 30,000 years . After thawing the virus, the team observed it replicate inside a petri dish, and eventually infect an amoeba that was placed in the dish with it. They’ve dubbed the strange new virus Pithovirus sibericum. Read the rest of Scientists Revive 30,000 Year-Old Giant Virus from Siberian Permafrost Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic exploration , disease , frozen viruses , giant virus , global warming , life sciences , melting sea ice , microorganisms , pithovirus sibericum , siberian ice , siberian permafrost , visible virus        

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Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms

December 16, 2013 by  
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The Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, California has been ordered to cease production due to the presence of microorganisms in the beloved sauce. The Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Huy Fong Foods company to stop making Sriracha, in addition to its Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, until it can better control not only the microorganisms, but also the irritating odors affecting locals. Read the rest of Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , huy fong foods , Sriracha burns eyes and scratchy throats , Sriracha microorganisms , Sriracha shut down , Sriracha spicy sauce , sustainable design , tainted Sriracha sauce        

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Rare Snowfall Blankets Cairo for the First Time in More than 100 Years

December 16, 2013 by  
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Cairo woke up to a white, wintry surprise Friday morning when snowfall blanketed the typically hot and dry capital for the first time in over a century. Excited Egyptians eagerly took to Twitter , posting incredible pictures of the unusual winter wonderland and sparking others to question if climate change was to blame. The rare precipitation coupled with the recent cold snap also brought snowfall to other countries including Turkey, Syria and Israel. Read the rest of Rare Snowfall Blankets Cairo for the First Time in More than 100 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cairo , cairo snow , first snow in Cairo in 100 years , food aid , global warming , Israel , middle east snow day , snow day , snowfall , storm alexa , syrian refugees , turkey        

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Mozart Makes Microbes Eat Sewage Faster

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Image via hoasm It looks like Mozart has billions and billions more fans than we thought — and much smaller ones, too. Evidently, sewage-eating microbes are major appreciators of the Austrian composer. One pioneering waste treatment plant in Germany has taken to playing Mozart on an expensive stereo to the microorganisms that break down sewage — and it found that it greatly increased their speed and efficiency, and could save the plant thousands of dollars a year.

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