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Building blocks of life found on meteorites

Building blocks of life found on meteorites

Technology
The search for aliens has taken another mysterious turn after scientists said they have discovered the essential ingredients for life on ancient meteorites.The space-faring rocks, which at approximately 4.5 billion years old are the same age as the Earth, were found to contain both liquid water and organic compounds.Although the presence of these compounds does not mean the meteorites ever contained life, it does hint at how it may be present elsewhere in the universe.The meteorites, named Zag and Monahans, are believed to have originated from the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.They were examined when they first fell to Earth in Morocco and Texas in 1998, and were found to contain liquid water.Image:Most meteorites burn up in the atmosphere as they crash to Earth. Fi...
'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks

'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks

Science
Scientists have demonstrated an "incredibly powerful" ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies.One altered the atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the information in the genetic code.The studies - which could eventually treat diseases - have been described as clever, important and exciting. Cystic fibrosis, inherited blindness and other diseases caused by a single typo in the genetic code could ultimately be prevented or treated with such approaches. Both studies were performed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Base editingThe first, published in the journal Nature, developed tools called base editors. DNA is built out of the four bases: ad...
Borrow more to boost building, says Sajid Javid

Borrow more to boost building, says Sajid Javid

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe government should borrow money to fund the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes, a cabinet minister says.Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said taking advantage of record-low interest rates "can be the right thing if done sensibly".Housing charity Shelter said his comments suggested the government was "going in the right direction".Labour said spending on new affordable homes had been "slashed" since 2010.It comes as Mr Javid launched an eight-week review of housing, in which he has called on the industry to offer solutions to the home-buying and selling process. Reality Check: What's the problem with housing?Is Help to Buy working?The government has admitted house-building in the UK is failing to keep up with demand, and has descri...
Inside a formerly ISIS-occupied building in Raqqa suburbs

Inside a formerly ISIS-occupied building in Raqqa suburbs

World
A formerly ISIS-occupied building in Raqqa, Syria, sheds light on the pressures its militants face as the U.S.-led coalition attempts to retake the war-ravaged city. ABC News ventured into the building in the western suburbs of Raqqa that had been in the hands of ISIS just days before, where there was evidence of drug abuse on the grounds. The ground of an outdoor area of the home was littered with syringes, vials and packages for Oxycodone. One of the vials had a label for Diazepam, which is typically used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, seizures and muscle spasms. The drugs possibly indicate that ISIS fighters faced such intense pressure that they felt the need to self-medicate, whether to calm themselves or, perhaps, relieve pain. ISIS fighters in Raqqa and throughout the region a...