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Ancestral Genomes Trace the Evolution of Nerves.

Nervesfull_2 “Sponges have one of the most ancient lineages and don't have nerve cells,” says Bernie Degnan, of the University of Queensland's School of Integrative Biology. “So we are pretty confident it was after the sponges split from trunk of the tree of life and sponges went one way and animals developed from the other, that nerves started to form.

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Scientists Developing Lasers to Beam Information Securely Around the Globe

Lasers_incharge_2 The most dangerous weapon on the battlefield of the future is information.  Just ask Tom Clancy, or any of the hundred knockoffs using his name.  But we grew up being told the most dangerous weapon would be lasers, usually hand-portable lasers that could be seen by the naked eye, moved slower than bullets and seemed incapable of killing anyone who wasn't wearing a full face mask.  A new advance could combine both, using lasers to beam perfectly secure information around the globe.

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Do Human's Have X-ray Vision -New Research Says "Yes"

118167025853329404_1 Ever wanted to have X-Ray vision? Wanted to be like Superman and be able to see through buildings and all across the world? Wanted to be like young Clark Kent, and see in to the… never mind. Well according to scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, we do have X-Ray vision, just not how you imagined it.

Mark Changizi, assistant professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer, is the man changing your dreams of X-Ray vision. He believes that, in addition to our two forward-facing eyes allowing us to see the world in 3-D, they also let us see through things; some things.

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Scientists Building a DNA Library of Entire Planet -a Vast Index of Everything Alive

Transparentbutterfly2sm Scientists are building a DNA library of the entire planet, a vast index of everything that's alive (including some things that might soon not be).  But a recent study cautions researchers to be careful, as a scanning mistake here could have more severe consequences than getting overcharged at the checkout.

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Search for the Invisible Infinite Intensifies

Eit_protons_20000713_2359_peak_ev_2 While all across the planet scientists are searching for undiscovered galaxies, stars, and black holes, a new lab being set up in Japan will allow scientists the chance to head in the other direction, by studying anything and everything smaller than an atom.

The Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC Center) cost 150 billion yen to build, which equates to approximately $1.36 billion USD. The project is also almost entirely funded by the government, and is set to open in December, and become the third of three hubs for atomic science, along with one in the US and one in Western Europe.

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What Effect are Humans Having on Biological Diversity?

Biodiversity2_2 The presumption is "that we are driving biodiversity to lower levels," said Steven D. Gaines, who is director of  UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute. "Certainly, if you think about it at the global level, this is true because humans have done a lot of things that have driven species extinct."

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Peugeot 888 -The Solar-Electric Super Car

Peugeot888lead The Peugeot 888 by Oskar Johansen is a solar-electric super-car is capable of a unique feat of imaginative engineering: it can shrink and shift between two modes: suburban mode and city mode. While in the city, the vehicle is lifted by a hydraulic tilting system which in turn decreases the length of its wheel axis, becoming slightly taller, giving it improved visibility, and making it more maneuverable. As the vehicle leaves the city, the vehicle returns to its lower profile, giving it the speed and stability required for highway driving.

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