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‘Space elevator’ could transport astronauts between Earth and the Moon, scientists claim

Scientists have outlined a madcap plan to build an “elevator” between Earth and the Moon, claiming it could drastically reduce the cost of space travel. Known as Spaceline, the elevator would consist of a giant lift shaft tethered to the surface of the Moon, which would dangle down into geostationary orbit around the Earth like …

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Ancient human civilisations were already messing up Earth 10,000 years ago, scientists reveal

We’ve been wrecking the planet for a very long time indeed (Picture: DeAgostini/Getty Images) There is little doubt that humanity is having a dreadful effect on the other lifeforms that dwell on Planet Earth. Unfortunately, this process looks to have been going on for a very long time indeed. A new study published in the …

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Scientists recreate the face of humanity’s oldest direct ancestor

This is the face of a member of a proto-human species called MRD (Photo: CMNH / MattCrow / SWNS) The face an ancient ancestor who roamed the Earth 3.8 million years ago has been reconstructed from a remarkably preserved skull. Scientists simulated the face of a male member of an ape-like species called Australopithecus anamensis …

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Scientist’s Invented New Genetic Alphabet

What Is Genetic Alphabet? Our genetic code is stored in DNA in an elegant double helix form. But some people argue that this is the pride that it is the elegance. “Many things are wrong in DNA as molecules,” said Steven Benner, an organic chemist from the Foundation of Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida. About …

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Alien exoplanets could have better conditions for life than Earth, scientists claim

Our lovely blue planet might not be quite as hospitable for life as other worlds orbiting distant stars (Image: Getty) Planets orbiting distant stars could have more abundant ecosystems packed with a more varied range of lifeforms than Earth, a new study has claimed. A team from the University of Chicago analysed conditions on various …

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Scientists prod immune cells to attack pancreatic cancer

It’s possible to prod immune cells to attack and kill pancreatic cancer cells, according to a report from scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  Their findings challenge the commonly held view that pancreatic cancer does not elicit an immune system response that is robust enough for immunotherapy …

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