Archive for October 26th, 2017:

‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have demonstrated an “incredibly powerful” ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies. One altered the order of atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the

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Ancient skull ‘oldest tsunami victim’

Image copyright ARTHUR DURBAND Image caption The skull is thought to be about 6,000 years old An ancient human skull discovered in Papua New Guinea is likely to have belonged to the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim, scientists say. The skull was discovered in 1929 near the town of Aitape and originally attributed to the Homo

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Bloodhound supersonic car set for first public runs

Image copyright Bloodhound SSC/Stefan Marjoram The British car designed to go 1,000mph (1,610km/h) will make its first public runs in Cornwall later. Bloodhound SSC is conducting initial “slow-speed” trials and should get up to about 200mph (320km/h) on the runway at Newquay Airport. Driven by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, the car aims to break

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