A new study has shed some light on the causes of cancer mutations, with researchers finding that 66% of all genetic mutations leading to cancerous cells are caused by simple random errors during cell replication more so than environmental, lifestyle or hereditary factors. The team from John Hopkins University have only just recently published their results in the journal Science.
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In a small town outside of Cologne in Germany, scientists have been working on a giant honeycomb of 149 spotlights that looks like it belongs in some sort of sci-fi movie more so than a science lab. Named “Synlight”, the light array is the world’s largest artificial sun, and was created by German scientists in an effort to learn more about new ways of making environmentally-friendly fuels.
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Occasionally, the International Space Station livestreams the landscape it sees outside of its’ portholes. The US Park’s Department has several cameras set up in its’ parks showing live feeds of several interesting animals, from bald eagles to just serene country-sides. From time to time marine biologists livestream their deep-sea expeditions for thousands of intrigued people. Now, you can join several millions of individuals around the world who are watching the live video feed of a giraffe named April about to give birth at the Animal Adventure Park in New York. But why?
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After a historic launch from Cape Canaveral last month, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule returned from its’ duties at the International Space Station carrying over 3,800 lbs of materials and scientific data from the international crew of astronauts on board. This successful round trip is yet another major victory for Elon Musk’s space company, as they hope to expand their services from delivering cargo to becoming one of the world’s first space tourism providers.
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For over 65 years over 10,000 films sat in a government archive, on them, footage of 750 secret nuclear tests that were carried out by the US government between 1945 and 1962. Despite being badly stored and on the verge of total decomposition, a team of film experts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) led by nuclear weapons physicist Dr Gregg Spriggs, were able to salvage the reels, restore them and begin analyzing them.
Continue reading US Government declassifies previously unseen footage; hundreds of nuclear tests
China has been suffering from high levels of air pollution and smog for several years as the country struggles to cope with its’ own rapid industrialization and poor history in environmental legislation. Although it has fervently been working on rectifying its’ environmental issues, moving its’ energy portfolio towards a more renewable agenda, shutting down coal plants and investing over $364 Billion into the environmental sector, China is still dealing with its what people have described as an “airpocalypse”. But why?
Continue reading China’s pollution crisis worsened by changing weather pattern