“Dark Heart of the Human Genome” –Surprising Neanderthal Influence

 

Neanderthal vs Human

 

“It’s the heart of darkness of the genome, we warn students not to go there,” said Charles Langley, professor of evolution and ecology at University of California, Davis. Geneticists exploring the dark heart of the human genome have discovered big chunks of Neanderthal and other ancient DNA. The results open new ways to study both how chromosomes behave during cell division and how they have changed during human evolution.

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Planet Earth Report –“Arctic Hyenas to ‘Libra’ Facebook’s Cryptocurrency”

Earth from the ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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From the X Files –“Project Mogul UFO Conspiracy & Nuclear War”

 

Nuclear Bomb Cloud

 

The 1947 crash in the New Mexico desert that become legendary among UFO fans and conspiracy theorists turns out to have been nearly as strange a visit by an alien spaceship. Long after the Cold War ended, observers continue to report a pattern of UFO activity near missile silos and other nuclear weapons sites. Perhaps it is not surprising that two subjects —nuclear war and alien invasion—should be linked.

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“Signals of Oxygen & Carbon” –Earliest Merging Galaxies

 

B14-65666 Earliest Merging Galaxies

 

Researchers using ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) observed signals of oxygen, carbon, and dust from a galaxy in the early Universe 13 billion years ago. This is the earliest galaxy where this useful combination of three signals has been detected. By comparing the different signals, the team determined that the galaxy is actually two galaxies merging together, making it the earliest example of merging galaxies yet discovered.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Death of Mars to The First Habitable Planet”

Milky Way Galaxy

 

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“Something Unknown?” Odd Galaxy May Have Evolved Around a Massive Black Hole

 

 

ESO 495-21

 

A tiny dwarf galaxy, ESO 495-21, three percent the size of the Milky Way, harbors a massive black hole that may offer clues as to how black holes and galaxies evolved in the early Universe. The origin of the central supermassive black holes in galaxies is still a matter of debate — do the galaxies form first and then crush material at their centers into black holes, or do pre-existing black holes gather galaxies around them? Do they evolve together — or could the answer be something else entirely?

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