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It's Alive! 30,000 Year Old Virus Revived

A virus frozen in the Siberian permafrost since the Ice Age has been revived. P sibericum infects amoeba, not humans, and is huge by viral standards. It has 500 genes, while the influenza virus has just eight – proving that when it comes to making you sick, size doesn’t matter. …

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Antarctic Ice Melt Could Be Worse Than We Realized

A new tipping point has been identified for the climate. The 420 protected species covered by the law include South China tigers, golden monkeys and Asiatic black bears. Some are in demand as traditional Chinese medicines, others are food items and still others are status symbols. Sixteen men were recently charged …

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Space Travel Makes Cherry Trees Bloom Years Early

Cherry stones taken into space have produced fruit trees that bloom six years earlier than trees from stones that never left the planet. In 2008 stones collected by young children from 14 cherry trees across Japan were taken aboard the International Space Station by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, now the station’s …

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