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Oldest Traces of Life Dating 3.8 Billion Years Found in Quebec

When our solar system was just shy of a billion years old, there was already life according to scientists.

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Unless you’re a hardcore creationist, you already know that our solar system is billions of years old. Back then, roughly 4.6 billion years ago, there was no life on earth yet. Instead, our planet was a huge mass of gasses and non-living substances. But then scientists started to wonder when the first signs of life emerged on earth. Now we have an answer…

Scientists investigating the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt in Northern Quebec discovered banded rock formations, which suggest the existence of life. These rock formations are red or white layers that were formed because of organisms reacting with dissolved iron in the water that covered the planet.

This is the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt in Northern Quebec.

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As it turns out, this suggests that between 3.8 and 4.3 billion years ago, there may have already been life on Earth. Despite scientists previously believing that the Earth was a truly inhospitable place for life at that age, this new discovery shows that the molten lava lakes covering the Earth may have been called home to some of the earliest known life forms.

This is what the surface of the Earth may have looked like during its younger years.

According to Jonathan O’Neill, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,

Very quickly after its formation, the Earth became closer to what it is today. We already have evidence of water at the surface of the Earth by about 4.3 billion years ago.

And within that water and the thermal activity below it, the Earth’s first microorganisms may have already begun to flourish.

O’Neill goes on to say,

There’s a lot of hot water circulating through these rocks that are full of elements, full of minerals … we think this is the ideal environment where life could have started on Earth. You have the perfect conditions for life to start.

This process still continues on in the deepest parts of our oceans. And the rocks found in Quebec reveal tiny tubular structures of the iron oxide hematite, one of the most common minerals on Earth. These structures are extremely similar to those found at thermal vents today.

These thermal vents may have sustained the first signs of life on Earth.

Michael Dodd of University College London and first author of the paper published in Nature says,

These discoveries demonstrate life developed on Earth at a time when Mars and Earth had liquid water at their surfaces, posing exciting questions for extra-terrestrial life… Therefore, we expect to find evidence for past life on Mars 4,000 million years ago, or if not, Earth may have been a special exception.

This discovery may aid us in finding signs of life in other planets.

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This Sturdy Residential House Was 3D Printed In Only 24 Hours For Less Than $11,000

This tech could revolutionize the construction industry as we know it.

Building a house usually requires a lot of time and money. It often takes months to finish and you, the house owner, can expect to spend big bucks until the project gets completed.

That’s why we are absolutely mind-blown when we heard about this news circulating on our feeds recently.

According to online reports, Apis Cor, a company based in San Francisco, managed to build a house in just 24 hours.

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Scientists Create ‘Aquaman Crystal,’ Which Can Help People Breathe Underwater

Not only would it help divers but also patients of lung disorders.

Most people are easily fascinated by the idea of going deep sea diving, being able to go underwater and marvel at nature’s wonderful creations. However, not all people are brave enough to put on those heavy oxygen tanks and other diving gear just to experience a magical underwater adventure. Fortunately, there is a possibility that diving equipment may not be needed after all – thanks to a group of scientists.

Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark, along with the University of Sydney in Australia, have created a material called the Aquaman Crystal. This material can absorb oxygen in a room and store it in high concentrations. What this means for divers is that there is no need to carry bulky oxygen tanks during deep sea explorations.

Professor Christine McKenzie of the University of Southern Denmark said in a statement:

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Expandable BeauEr 3X Caravan Telescopes To 3 Times Its Size.

Get ready to hit the road and have fun!

How fancy would it be to travel the world, just hit the road and wander? Climb mountains, go camping whilst enjoying your favorite s'mores with the company of great people. But how would you satisfy your wanderlust and embark on thrill-seeking adventures without entirely sacrificing the comforts that we can hardly live a day without?

The idea seems so far-fetched but this invention just might make those travel goals happen.

Here is a different take on camper vans invented by French company BeauEr. The 3X concept began in 2009 with the inventor's idea to create 'a small but expandable caravan that has everything like the big one.' Aptly named BeauEr '3X,' this caravan expands 3 times its original size in 20 seconds. It measures 8.5 feet long and 6 feet wide, designed to the size of a towed vehicle when on the road..

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