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Scientists Prepare to Reanimate 30,000-Year-Old Virus Found Frozen In Siberian Wastelands


Earlier this week, a team of French researchers announced plans to wake up an ancient virus that has been lying dormant in Siberia’s frozen wastelands for the last 30,000 years. The virus, known as Mollivirus sibericum, was found in the permafrost of northeastern Russia and is the fourth prehistoric virus to be discovered since 2003. While it’s unlikely that the virus will pose any serious health threats, the researchers still plan to confirm that the bug is unable to infect humans or animals before they reanimate it.

3-D Printed Jawbone Helps Injured Sea Turtle Feed Again

3d printed turtle jaw

A sea turtle who injured his beak in a boat propeller accident has just been fitted with a metal replacement jawbone that was crafted using a 3-D printer. According to Fox News… “Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been

This Scientist Has Created A “Living Concrete” That Repairs Itself (Video)

self healing concrete feat

Concrete is, by far, the world’s most widely used building material. We’ve been using concrete for more than 2,000 years (the famous Pantheon in Rome is made of concrete), and we consume more than 12.5 billion tons of it annually in our modern world. But despite thousands of years of development, even the best concretes available today eventually fall victim to cracks, which pose serious structural risks. Henk Jonkers, a civil engineering professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, explains: “The problem with cracks

Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People

dog love

The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

measles bet

Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

This Time-Lapse of A Tarantula Molting Is Both Creepy and Strangely Beautiful (Video)

tarantula molt

Tarantulas, like many other species of wildlife, have an exoskeleton that must be shed periodically as the tarantula grows – the process is known as molting. During this molting, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, tarantulas break through their old exoskeleton and then slowly wriggle themselves out of the shell it leaves behind. The tarantula in the video below is a Xenesthis sp White – a species native to Columbia. It took about 10 hours to

Snorkeling Couple Takes Us Underwater to Swim With Humpback Whales (GoPro Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to snorkel up close and personal with a humpback whale? Well, snorkelers Cecil and Mallory Johnson recently teamed up with GoPro to do just that. Humpback whales often live near coastlines and feed mainly on plankton, krill (a small crustacean closely related to shrimp) and small fish. An average-sized humpback consumes anywhere from 2,000-3,000 pounds of food per day during feeding season! Humpbacks are also known for their incredible ability to produce “whale calls”, sequences of moans, cries and

New DNA Evidence Shows That Early Humans Survived Through the Last Ice Age

Europe’s earliest humans managed to survive the extremely harsh climate fluctuations that occurred during the last Ice Age, which lasted from roughly 60,000 to 20,000 years before the present day. The findings come after researchers from Cambridge University carried out a genetic analysis on the remains of a European man who lived around 37,000 years ago. The remains were found near the village of Kostenki in what is now western Russia. The researchers found that the man’s DNA was actually very similar to that of modern-day

This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video)

We’ve all been there: running out of power on your cell-phone with no prospect of a charger in the near future. It’s one of the most frightening possible scenarios for a lot of people these days. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, may have solved that problem. Naomi is designing jewelry that could theoretically harness your body’s energy to generate electrical power. Some of her devices are a little bit creepy- they are embedded into the wearer’s veins, and, in theory, would use

Did You Know… That Dogs Poop In Alignment With Earth’s Magnetic Field??

As crazy as it sounds, I promise this study is for real. A few years ago, a group of scientists and researchers from universities in the Czech Republic and Germany came together to carry out one of the strangest experiments you’re likely to ever hear about. A number of organisms around the world are known to spontaneously align their bodies with Earth’s magnetic field when they relieve themselves, and the researchers had a hunch that dogs did the same. To test out

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