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Science taps “living fossil” for clues tipping first land animals

Science taps “living fossil” for clues tipping first land animals

If you want to find out what a millions-of-years-old creature was all about, you should only have to head to your local time machine and hit the button, right? As it turns out, studying the genes of one creature by the name of Coelacanth might not be far off. What scientists are doing here in 2013 and announcing this week is sequencing the genome of this deep-sea fish to compare it to the iterations of its being from a long, long time ago. Could Jurrasic Park be far off?

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Hostility on social networks rises to 78% of users

Hostility on social networks rises to 78% of users

Social networks are a great place to vent your frustrations to your "friends," but sometimes they can be a hotbed for debates and arguments. According to a new survey that polled almost 2,700 people, approximately 20% people have reduced in-person contact with someone due to an argument or debate that occurred online.

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Researcher debunks “unidentified” life found in Lake Vostok

Researcher debunks “unidentified” life found in Lake Vostok

The scientists at the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute were excited when they found what they believed to be "unidentified" life near the South Pole. They collected 7 samples from Lake Vostok after drilling 3.5 kilometers to reach the lake. Scientist Sergei Bulat, who was the leader of the group that discovered the "new" species, stated, "After excluding all known contaminants... we discovered bacterial DNA that does not match any known species listed in global data banks. We call it unidentified and ‘unclassified’ life."

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Scientists discover unidentified life near South Pole

Scientists discover unidentified life near South Pole

Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria from water samples obtained from the ancient Lake Vostok. Lake Vostok had been isolated from the world for over 17 million years, and was protected by a thick sheet of ice. Scientists began drilling through the ice since 1989, and have been collected water samples from the lake. The scientists stated that the bacteria did not belong to the "40-plus known sub-kingdoms of bacteria."

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Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.

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