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Scientists just destroyed our dreams of a real Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park — you know, that silly little novel-turned-movie about mankind bringing dinosaurs back from the dead that made a measly $1 billion — is science fiction, but could it ever actually happen? Researchers studying the remains of one special Tyrannosaurus rex thought it just might be when they discovered what they thought was intact proteins deep within the dinosaur’s fossilized bones. Now, new research has absolutely destroyed the already hazy dream that dinosaurs could one day be resurrected.
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When first announced, the discovery of these proteins proved a very exciting event for many paleontologists and scientists. It was the first time that such a discovery had been made, and seemed to fly in the face of the accepted belief that dinosaur fossils simply couldn’t provide the DNA data that would be needed to even begin the process of resurrecting such long-extinct animals. Unfortunately, there was apparently no reason to be excited in the first place, because the proteins detected by lab analysis weren’t even that of a dinosaur.
Upon further investigation of the alleged dinosaur DNA, a team of scientists from the University of Manchester have determined that the lab’s initial data was contaminated. Having worked with modern species samples in the same laboratory, the cross-contamination of ostrich proteins led the first group of researchers to believe they had somehow found intact dinosaur DNA, when in fact it was simply that of a present day flightless bird. It’s an incredibly disappointing result, given the hype that surrounded the initial discovery, but for now it seems Jurassic Park will remain firmly in the realm of fiction.
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In Syria, 3 die in mortar attack on Red Crescent in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected rebel mortar attack struck a Syrian Red Crescent distribution center in the government-held city of Aleppo, killing a volunteer and two civilians who had come to seek assistance, the organization said Thursday.According to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Red Cross, the attack in the Hamadaniya neighborhood, which occurred on Wednesday, also wounded seven other volunteers.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack, saying that there… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Cowabunga, dudette! Women take on surf contest for 1st time
HONOLULU (AP) — Charging into violent waves at a Maui surf break known as "Jaws," a group of women made history Friday as they competed for the first time in the World Surf League's big-wave surfing competition.The female competitors paddled into mountains of turquoise water towering more than 30 feet, but the wind shifted at the start of the first heat and several were pummeled by an unexpected breaking wave.Women have pushed for years to be included in big-wave surfing competitions, while… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Australia may slap anti-dumping duties on Vietnam's aluminum products
Australian authorities are likely to impose high anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese aluminum extrusions following an investigation. According to a notice issued this week by the Vietnam Competition Authority, duties of between 8.5 and 34.2 percent are expected to be added on Vietnam’s extrusions, which are products coming from aluminum alloys and used in a wide range of industries. The Australian Anti-Dumping Commission has recently wrapped up its anti-dumping and countervailing investigation on… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Bomb in Egypt capital kills six police
Cairo (AFP) - A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo on Friday, the latest in a series of attacks in the capital targeting security forces and officials, state media reported.The attack occurred in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the capital, shortly before Muslim Friday prayers and when Cairo's streets are mostly empty, state television reported.The bloodied bodies of several policemen could be seen at the blast site next to police vehicles that had been stationed there,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
China calls on US to bar transit of Taiwan president
Beijing (AFP) - China has urged Washington to block the president of Taiwan from passing through the US, after reports saying she may stop in New York next month on her way to Central America.Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 22 states and the island's leaders make regular visits to its small group of allies in Central America and the Caribbean, often stopping in the US for meetings with sympathetic lawmakers.Taiwan's Liberty Times reported that President Tsai Ing-wen may seek to meet with… chat_bubble_outline Read More...