Voices from Russia

Saturday, 26 March 2016

26 March 2016. DNA Nails It… Siberian and American Natives ARE Brothers!

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Researchers proved scientifically what American and Siberian native peoples have known in their bones since Adam… that Indigenous Siberians and Native Americans share a common ancestry. Who woulda thunk it… science PROVES what people always knew to be so. I’d say that you needn’t have gone to such lengths… merely look at these people and listen to their native languages… but that’s the way science works. It never states something as FACT until one observes actual occurrences and other uninterested objective parties repeat the process. That’s why all theories on evolution are theories… no one actually observed it… but one CAN deduce from observable facts in the real world. What’s bogus is imposing a rigid artificial construct on the natural world… that’s lunatic and not completely sane. What does that tell us about fundies (of all sorts, including nutters obsessed with pseudoscience and activists hagridden by causes)? I’d say volumes… none of it good!

BMD

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Scientists Say “Unclassified” Life Found in Antarctic Lake

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A Russian scientist told RIA-Novosti that preliminary examination of water samples from ancient subglacial Lake Vostok near the South Pole indicated that a life-form found there is unique; it isn’t found anywhere else on Earth. Sergei Bulat, a researcher at the Laboratory of Eukaryote Genetics at the Boris Konstantinov St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PIYaF), said, ”The species of bacteria, whose traces were found in probes of water from Lake Vostok, doesn’t belong to any of the 40-plus known subkingdoms of bacteria. After excluding all known contaminants… we discovered bacterial DNA that doesn’t match any known species listed in global databanks. We call it unidentified and ‘unclassified’ life”.

Seven samples of the same species of bacteria were found in water frozen on the head of the drill that was used in 2012 to reach the lake, which is covered by a 3.5-kilometre-thick ice sheet, but the match between its DNA and any known organisms never exceeded 86 percent, whilst Bulat noted that a match of under 90 percent is already enough to indicate a new species. Attempts to build a phylogenetic tree for the newly discovered micro-organism, which indicates a species’ evolutionary relationship to other species, showed that the Antarctic bacterium didn’t fit any of the main categories of micro-organisms in its taxonomic domain. Bulat said, “If it were found on Mars, people would call it Martian DNA, but this is DNA from Earth”. Bulat told us that tests continue, but are unlikely to disprove the results. He added that we need more samples for conclusive proof; possibly, researchers could find them in water from the lake obtained during a new drilling season earlier this year, which is on its way to Russia by ship.

Suspense over life under the Antarctic ice has built up ever since drilling began in 1989 to reach Lake Vostok, which could’ve isolated itself from the outside world as early as 17 million years ago. Drilling through the ice without contaminating the lake took the Russian team at Station Vostok, located just above the lake, 23 years to complete. Scientists suspected that unique species of extremophile microbes, sustained by geothermal heat and capable of surviving in Vostok’s extreme oxygen concentration, could’ve evolved in the lake. However, an early study of samples of surface water from the lake, published last year, found no unique life-forms, prompting speculation that the lake might be devoid of life after all… a theory that the most-recent findings appear to have disproved.

7 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/science/20130307/179878285.html

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

27 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Which British Scientist Will Win the Laurels and Put This Paradox to Bed?

Which British Scientist Will Win the Laurels and Put This Paradox to Bed?

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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The British Royal Society of Chemistry offered a 1,000 UK Pound (51,432 Roubles. 1,248 Euros. 1,557 USD) prize to anyone who can explain, using scientific method, why, in some cases, hot water freezes faster than cold, to solve the mystery of this paradoxical phenomenon, first seen by Aristotle 2,300 years ago.

27 June 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120627/686096748.html

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