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Scientists Wake Virus After 30,000 Year Slumber

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Scientists Wake Virus After 30,000 Year Slumber

Scientists Wake Virus After 30,000 Year Slumber: Image via Matthieu LegendreFrench scientists say they have revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.

Wakening the long-dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming, the scientists said.

The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was found in a 30-metre-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is -13.4 degrees Celsius.

The team thawed the virus and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected a simple single-cell organism called an amoeba.

Radiocarbon dating of the soil sample found that vegetation grew there more than 30,000 years ago, a time when mammoths and Neanderthals walked the Earth, according to a paper published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences :: Read the full article »»»»


RUSSIA :: Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse Fears

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Shut the F_ck Up!, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on RUSSIA :: Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse Fears

RUSSIA - Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse FearsRussian officials have spent the last 24 hours attempting to reassure Moscow residents that green-tinged clouds over the capital were not an alien invasion, but tree pollen. The clouds crept up on the Russian capital from the south in the morning and reached the centre by the afternoon, causing office workers to gawk at the suspiciously coloured sky.

“Today Muscovites felt like characters in a disaster film about an alien invasion: people living in the south-west of the city saw that the sky had been coloured green,” Russia’s weather service said on its website. The odd natural phenomenon mystically coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which caused further speculation about the authorities withholding information :: Read the full article »»»»