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Possible building block of life detected inside distant star

Possible building block of life detected inside distant star

Science
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Scientists have detected the prebiotic molecule glycolonitrile inside a distant star for the first time. Researchers think the molecule may have played a role in the emergence of life on Earth. Glycolonitrile is considered an important precursor to adenine, one of the nucleobases that forms both DNA and RNA. Astronomers detected the organic chemical's signature inside a solar-type protostar named IRAS16293-2422 B. By studying the chemical makeup of infant stars, still enveloped by a thick blanket of gas and dust, scientists can gain a better understanding of how the chemical ingredients necessary for life come to exist inside a young stellar system. Researchers in Europe and the United States were able to locate glycolonitrile among the spectral signature recorded by the ...
China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star

China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star

Technology
At the end of a street of newly built high-rises in the northern Chinese city of Yanji stands an exposed cliff face, where paleontologists scrape away 100 million-year-old rock in search of prehistoric bones. Like many fossil excavation sites in China, this one was discovered by accident. China's rapid city building has churned up a motherlode of dinosaur fossils. While bulldozers have unearthed prehistoric sites in many countries, the scale and speed of China's urbanization is unprecedented, according to the United Nations Development Program. Perhaps no one has seized the scientific opportunity more than Xu Xing, a diligent and unassuming standard-bearer for China's new prominence in paleontology. The energetic researcher has named more dinosaur species than any living paleontologist, ...
Raab’s first job – building bridges with business

Raab’s first job – building bridges with business

Business
The leaders of Britain's biggest business groups have met new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, telling him that time is running out for a deal to be agreed with the European Union. Mr Raab met bosses of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Institute of Directors, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses and the EEF, which represents manufacturers.The group, together with civil servants, met this morning at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, along with the Business Secretary Greg Clark.:: LIVE: Two more resignations in protest at PM's Brexit dealSky News understands that the five business groups have enjoyed weekly meetings with Mr Clark in recent months, but met only once every six weeks with the previous Brexit Secretary, David Davis.Over the past f...
Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

World
A massive fire engulfed two high-rise structures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, causing one of the buildings to collapse. Video posted on social media early Tuesday showed the 20-story building crumbling to the ground as flames raced toward the top floor, killing at least one person. The second building was seen with about half its floors engulfed in flames, but authorities said it was not in danger of collapsing. At least one person was killed in the fire and three were reported missing, but authorities said those figures could go up. The collapsed building was a former federal police headquarters that had since been occupied by squatters, according to local reports. Officials with the Sao Paulo Fire Department said as many as 50 families may have been living there at the time. Wi...
Bridge collapse puts spotlight on rapid building technique

Bridge collapse puts spotlight on rapid building technique

Technology
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up with federal funding a few years ago to show how spans could be built faster and cheaper in the U.S. "FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully," FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg boasted that day. "We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community." Five days later, the bridge collapsed onto the busy s...