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Evolution of language: FOXP2 and human uniqueness in religious perspective

...l deeper level, we may legitimately wonder why the universe is configured in such a way as to sponsor evolutionary processes that can lead to such remarkable outcomes as language." Q: What are we to make of the apparent fact that we are so close to other species (including mice) in the presence of this gene...

Alien life forms more likely to be found outside solar system, says Colorado prof.

...Feb. 19. Signs of life elsewhere in the galaxy or universe may be "co-occurring, non-equilibrium gases like o...ice, the temperature span for life anywhere in the universe is likely to range from roughly 58 degrees Fahrenheit to 302 F, Pace said. "We dont know enough abo...

Research season will feature use of sophisticated technologies to map Antarctica

... spring helped show scientists evidence of how the universe looked in its infancy. (See attached fact sheet on astrophysics at the Pole). In addition to scientific research, construction of a new elevated building to replace the existing Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station will continue. The construction of...

Krauss book explores universe from oxygen atom's perspective

...long before matter existed. His story is about the universe told from the perspective of a single oxygen atom....ge for what becomes a toast to the beginnings of a universe that gave rise to this atom. What follows, he says is "the atom's remarkable and amazing journey tha...

First dinosaur found with its body covering intact; displays primitive feathers from head to toe

...n about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific rese...features striking exhibits about the nature of the universe and our planet that link seamlessly to the rest of the Museum. The Museum shares its treasures and ...

UW astrobiology research gets huge boost from $4.9 million NASA award

...esearch into understanding and finding life in the universe received a major boost today with a multimillion-d...ed that simple life is probably very common in the universe but that advanced life, even at the level of tube worms, is probably very rare and might be unique t...

New technique answers one of waters basic mysteries

...be the equivalent of waiting the entire age of the universe to see a one-second twitch. Since the team couldnt...un, we would have waited many times the age of the universe for something to happen," says Dellago. Devising a way to "zoom in" on just the single moment when t...

UC Davis science, engineering and technology newstips -- March

...bed flowers * Cosmologists study wrinkles in early universe MATHEMATICIANS UNRAVEL KNOTTY PROBLEM Untangling a...Y WRINKLES IN EARLY UNIVERSE Wrinkles in the early universe will be studied under a NASA grant to cosmologist Lloyd Knox at the University of California, Davis....

Stowaways from space provide link between impact, biggest extinction in Earth history

...helium and argon molecules formed elsewhere in the universe that survived a journey through space and crashed into Earth as part of the impact. The molecules were encased in carbon molecules known as buckyballs, which are big enough to hem in small gas molecules and hardy enough to survive a massive impact be...

Free sessions open to the public at 2001 AAAS Meeting

...her and astronomer whose breathtaking views of the universe are probably better known than he. (Continental Ballroom 4, 5 & 6) Those wishing to attend the symposia, seminars and career development workshop may register onsite for a fee. For more information on meeting registration, call ...

Science's Top 10: genome sequencing named top scientific advance of 2000

...mpleted the most detailed map to date of the early universe with the help of BOOMERANG and MAXIMA, balloons ar... these data confirm most scientists' view that the universe is flat (with no curve to space and time), but cast doubt on the current simple models of how much o...

Screensavers of the world, unite!

...unity to hunt for signs of intelligent life in the universe by analyzing radio signals from outer space. Volunteers simply download the SETI@home screensaver and software. While they are away from their computers, the screensaver pops up and begins processing the radio signals. Meanwhile, the software automat...

Reports of "weird life" almost stranger than fiction

...ay. "It comes down to, 'Are we the center of the universe or not',"Kinney said. On this planet, life is not limited to the cushy places. Microbes--mostly bacteria and organisms from a domain of life called archaea--live in some of the coldest, hottest, deepest, driest, saltiest, most acidic, nutrient-poor ...

We are not alone - or are we?

... be alone and Earth might be unique, if not in the universe at least in this celestial neighborhood. In "Rare ...s about how uncommon advanced life might be in the universe are based on observed conditions that allowed evolution on Earth. But this is the only place in whic...

Human stem cell research leads Science's top ten list of the best scientific advances in 1999

... born in a burst that stretched space flat. A flat universe requires just the right density of matter, and up ...it takes to support life, theorists think that the universe should be teeming with more planets that await discovery. Taming Light With Photonic Crystals: Sci...

Team of 200 scientists presents new research that reveals full 'tree of life' for plants

...ch on the tree of life, indicating that there is a universe of mostlysingle-celled, and poorly known organisms that make up the most substantialparts of the tree. Centuries ago, the scientific discovery that the sun is merely one star in auniverse full of stars, planets and other astral bodies shattered mank...

W.M. Keck Foundation gives USC $110 million

...escopes that havedeepened our understanding of the universe while firing our imaginations. "Now the foundation has seized on the incredible opportunity to focus itsresources and ours on improving the prevention and treatment ofneurodegenerative diseases that afflict people of all ages, but particularly theeld...

Simulating protein folding from physical laws

...ities that it would take longerthan the age of the universe to do all the calculations. So, many researcherstake shortcuts, by looking for similarities between the chain to be tested andother known proteins or by simulating a partial fold and then comparing theresults to known shapes. Unfortunately, there a...

The Sagan criteria for life revisited

...kes a rather abundant substance that exists in the universe and converts it to the kinds of things that are susceptible to the origin-of-life scenario." Earth as we, the aliens, might see it.... On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 completed 10 orbits around the Moon and returned live television pictures ba...

Model Polymers Reveal New Clues to Protein Folding

... a second, it would take longer than the ageof the universe to get the right structure." Rokhsar and Pande, who is a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley'sDepartment of Physics, approached the problem by designing a protein-like modelheteropolymer of 48 units whose properties define a stable "native str...

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