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Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals

The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom …

China Clones Pigs and Sequences “Cute Animals” on an Industrial Scale

China is cloning animals and sequencing genes on an unparalleled scale, producing as many as 500 genetically copied pigs a year, according to a BBC …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Genetics

600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

Over 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines across the United States last year, with the highest concentration of kills in the Appalachian Mountains, according to new research.<p>In a paper published Friday in the journal BioScience, University of Colorado biologist Mark Hayes used records …

Sperm block could lead to birth control pill for men

A new way to block the transportation of sperm during ejaculation may lead to a contraceptive for men.<p>Scientists say that complete male infertility …

Contraception

New contraceptive pill for men

A new pill for men could work as a temporary vasectomy and allow men to share the task of family planning without affecting their fertility, research suggests<p>A new contraceptive pill for men that won’t affect libido or virility could be developed.<p>The pill works by stopping sperm being released, …

Australians Cryogenically Freeze Coral Sperm From The Great Barrier Reef

The sperm can be used to reseed the reef in the future.<p>Well, that's one way to go about it. Over the past few weeks, Australian scientists have collected billions of sperm from spawning coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Australian news station ABC News reports. The sperm are to be cryogenically …

Spit Decision: How Archerfish Decide

Author: Mary Bates. Mary Bates Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:20 am. 9:20 am<p>When testing the discrimination abilities of …

Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees: 8 Greener Options

A green Christmas can be as beautiful and fun as any. Here are some eco-friendly tips to keep your Christmas tree truly green.<p>1. Avoid Artificial …