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Ancient Star Found, DNA Research Off Ground

As regular readers will know, the Greenygrey awoke on the north-west of North America coast in 2008, not knowing its origins. It thought it’d been around for quite a while, but a new discovery suggests it could have been around since the beginning of the universe.

Earliest Star Universe Image

Hi, it’s Stephen Wolfing, satirical comedy science correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by renowned astronomer Stephen Hawking.

Yes, there’s an exciting new discovery for greenygreyologists searching for the origins of the greenygrey.

The sparkonit blog reports that astronomers think they’ve found the earliest star after the Big Bang yet: ‘The star, designated SMSS J031300.36−670839.3, is believed to have formed some hundred million years after the Big-Bang.’

Moreover, the accompanying image suggests the building blocks of the Greenygrey were already active then:

Oldest Star Discovered, Could Bring An End To The Big-Bang Discrepancy

DNA Gene Research

In another exciting development for Greenygreyology sparkonit reports that  ‘research at the University of California – Davis has proved that the new genes come from the non-coding regions of the DNA.’

Up until now, geneticists had been unaware of the mechanism by which new genes appear in a species.

This could lead to the Greenygrey
finally learning its complete DNA:

Research Reveals The Formation Of New Genes From Non-Coding DNA

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Theories of Humanity’s Place in the Grand Scheme of Things

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope (Photo credit: Abraxas3d)

Hi, it’s Andy Wolfhol. The Martin Rees quote about our place in the universe at the end of the previous blog: ‘We’re not directly aware of the big picture, any more than a plankton whose universe is a litre of water would be aware of the world’s topography and biosphere’ reminded us of Marc Latham’s ant theory of humanity, so we thought we’d bring you a few more theories about our place in the universe. It ends with a Buddhist theory from 2500 years ago, which is eerily similar to some of the most popular scientific theories of the present day.

Images of the spiral galaxy Messier_100 demons...
Images of the spiral galaxy Messier_100 demonstrate the improvement in Hubble images after corrective optics were installed during Servicing Mission 1 in 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaac Newton, Mathematician and Physicist, 1642-1727:

“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist, 1879-1955:

“The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”

Alan Watts, Philosopher, 1915-1973:

"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web ...
"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image." --Alan Watts Alan Watts Podcast - Following the Middle Way #3 alanwattspodcast.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Science Stories about Brain and Space Inspired Poem

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, news hound at the Greenygrey. There were lots of interesting stories in the latest World Science newsletter, so I’ve copied the links below. Some of them partly inspired Marc Latham’s latest FM poem about similarities in the shape and scientific knowledge about space and brain. Enjoy.

After anesthesia, “primitive” consciousness
awakens first
:
Brain structures that we share with many animals go
into action first as awareness emerges, research finds.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120404_consciousness

Coupled stars seen as chief diet for hungry
black holes
:
Black holes at the hearts of galaxies may grow by
swallowing single stars from pairs of stars, a new
study proposes.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120404_blackholes

Earth-like planets could number “billions” in
our galaxy
:
Red dwarf stars host an abundance of worlds that
could hold liquid water, astronomers report.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120329_planets

Planets from long ago puzzle astronomers:
Scientists have identified a planetary system that
they describe as a likely survivor from one of the
earliest cosmic times.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120328_planets

Link between fast food, depression “confirmed”:
A new study supports past research tying fast food
consumption to a greater risk of depression.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120402_fastfood

All cattle descend from one small herd, study
finds
:
Living cattle descend from as few as 80 animals
domesticated from wild oxen in the Near East some
10,500 years ago, a DNA analysis suggests.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120327_cattle

2nd study links pesticide to bee epidemic:
Mysterious collapses of honeybee populations may be
explained, scientists say.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120405_imidacloprid

Dolphins may be dying due to U.S. oil spill,
scientists say
:
Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are showing signs of
severe ill health, according to preliminary findings
from a U.S. agency.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/120326_dolphins