Category Archives: Lifescience

NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life in Laboratory


NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory.  They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life. Pyrimidine is a ring-shaped molecule made up of carbon and nitrogen

New Strains of Parasites Identified

About 600 million people around the world live with whipworms. Most are children in the developing world, whose physical and mental development is stunted by these gastrointestinal parasites. The whipworms affect their ability to learn and therefore have a long-term impact on the social and economic situations of some of the world’s poorest people. Although

DNA survives critical entry into Earth’s atmosphere


The genetic material DNA can survive a flight through space and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere – and still pass on genetic information. A team of scientists from UZH obtained these astonishing results during an experiment on the TEXUS-49 research rocket mission.  Applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket using pipettes,

Sustainability charts the way forward for Water Conservation and Renewable Energy

The Walchand Hirachand Hall of the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) was a hub of positive energy on Friday as industry heads, entrepreneurs and thinkers participated in its fourth annual conference on sustainable energy. Themed as ‘Sustainability through Water Conservation and Renewable Energy’, the event witnessed engaging discussions and charted the way forward toward a sustainable future. The

Japan Must Halt Antarctic Whaling Program-UN Court Rules

Japan Must Halt Antarctic Whaling Program

Japan has been ordered to halt its whaling program temporarily in Antarctica, after the U.N.’s International Court of Justice ruled on March 31 2014, the practice is not for scientific purposes, as Japan has previously argued. Australia will argue that Tokyo’s scientific research programme – under which it kills whales – is commercial whaling in

226 Kg Chicken from hell

226 Kg Chicken from hell

226 Kg Chicken from hell Scientists have discovered a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei, that provides paleontologists with their first good look at a dinosaur group that has been shrouded in mystery for almost a century. Anzu was described from three specimens that collectively preserve almost the entire skeleton, giving scientists a remarkable opportunity

Pine genome is largest ever sequenced: Seven times bigger than the human genome

loblolly pine

The loblolly pine genome is big. Bloated with retrotransposons and other repetitive sequences, it is seven times larger than the human genome and easily big enough to overwhelm standard genome assembly methods. This forced the loblolly pine genome sequencing team, led by David Neale at the University of California, Davis, to look for ways to reduce the