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Scientists Attempt to Resurrect 30,000-Year-Old ‘Giant Virus’

First, scientists revived the deadly “Spanish flu” virus. Now, they attempt to resurrect a 30,000-year-old virus that has been lying dormant in the Siberian permafrost.

First, scientists revived the deadly “Spanish flu” virus. Now, they attempt to resurrect a 30,000-year-old virus that has been lying dormant in the Siberian permafrost.

French researchers from the French National Research Center who discovered the virus stated that they are planning to reanimate it in order to learn more about it and determine whether it is pathogenic to humans or animals.

Known as the Mollivirus sibericum, it is a giant virus (0.6 microns long) with more than 500 genes.

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The area where the prehistoric virus was found is known for its rich mineral resources. Access to places such as the Siberian wastelands is slowly increasing, due to the continuous melting of the layers of ice covering the areas.

The area where the prehistoric virus was found is known for its rich mineral resources.

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However, there is a caveat – climate change and the continuous melting of permafrost can result in the resurrection of other dangerous pathogens, such as the smallpox virus.

If we are not careful, and we industrialize these areas without putting safeguards in place, we run the risk of one day waking up viruses such as small pox that we thought were eradicated,” said Jean-Michel Claverie, one of the lead researchers.

This is the fourth virus of its kind discovered since 2003 – the Minivirus was found in 2003, the Pandoravirus in 2013, and the Pithovirus sibericum last 2014.

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Elon Musk Reveals Plan to Nuke Mars to Make it Habitable for Humans

Elon Musk seriously proposed that we should nuke Mars.

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Scientists have been studying the atmosphere in Mars and have been formulating plans to make the planet inhabitable. Why? Do we have to live somewhere else because the world is getting too crowded? Will an asteroid collide with Earth and instantly kill us all?

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s leading theoretical physicist, told ABC news that the planet Earth will be facing imminent destruction in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years. The cosmologist suggests that by then, we should have moved out into space, into other planets or stars to avoid total annihilation.

“This is not a prophesy of doom, but a wake-up call,” he said. “There is a possibility that the human race could go extinct, but it is not inevitable,” Hawking added. ...

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This Massive Air Filter Not Only Cleans Air – It Also Turns Smog To Jewelry!

This 23-feet filter not only makes air breathable – it also turns smog into jewelry.

Author Amit Abraham once said “Love is in the air but the air is highly polluted.”

Although obviously spoken in jest, the sad fact is that statement contains so much truth. The quality of the air we breathe right now is absolutely worse compared with what we used to enjoy about, say, a decade ago.

What’s even more disturbing is that recent researches continue to affirm that. For example, the UC Berkeley released a shocking statistic that says smogs claim around 4,000 lives in China every day. ....

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Man Creates Homemade Helicopter Out of 54 Drones – And It’s So Awesome!

YouTube channel gasturbine101 just uploaded a video of a huge man-carrying drone – and it looks very awesome!

Drones are all the rage these days. It’s become one of the favorite hobbies of many because it’s actually fun to fly those things around. They kind of give you a shot at fulfilling your childhood fantasies of being a pilot.

On top of that, drones can be perfect for taking fantastic photos and videos as well. Other times, they may even be used to do good deeds – such as delivering burgers for the homeless, for example.

Well this guy just took the drone’s cool factor to a whole new level....

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