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‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

Science
Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved.The ability to walk upright is considered a key characteristic of being human.The ape had arms suited to hanging in the trees, but human-like legs. It may have walked along branches and even on the ground some 12 million years ago, pushing back the timeline for bipedal walking, say researchers.Until now the earliest fossil evidence for walking upright dates back to six million years ago. The four fossils - of a male, two females and a juvenile - were unearthed in a clay pit in Bavaria between 2015 and 2018."The finds in southern Germany are a milestone in palaeoanthropology, because they raise fundamental questions about our pr...
Genetic engineering tool promises to aid discovery of new drugs inside microbes

Genetic engineering tool promises to aid discovery of new drugs inside microbes

Health
Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Scientists have found a new way to coax microbes into producing valuable secondary metabolites, chemical compounds that help microbes adapt to changing conditions. Despite the contributions secondary metabolites have made to medical and material science, researchers suspect they have only barely skimmed the surface of the biochemical secrets hiding within microbes -- a tool called chassis-independent recombinase-assisted genome engineering, or CRAGE, may help them unlock those secrets. Secondary metabolites are named so because they're non-essential. Stop a microbe from producing its primary metabolites and it is likely to die. Lock the production of secondary metabolites, however, and the microbe is sure to persist, even if at a disadvantage. But while secondary metabol...

Recent performance of Value Discovery Fund due to expensive markets, says Mrinal Singh of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

Finance
“In value investing, patience is a prerequisite to reap gains. That is why it is important for investors to stay put with their investments whether through SIP or otherwise. As value gets unlocked investors will be beneficiaries of exponential gains from these investments,” said Mrinal Singh, Deputy CIO- Equity, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, in an interview to Avneet Kaur of ETMutualFunds.com.ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund is underperforming its benchmark in one-, three- and five-year horizons. The scheme has given -8.60 per cent in the last one year, 3.31 per cent in the three-year period and 6.27 per cent in five years. What is the reason behind the underperformance?The recent performance of ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund has been a function of the markets being expensive w
Water discovery means ‘super-Earth’ could support life

Water discovery means ‘super-Earth’ could support life

Technology
Water vapour has been discovered in the atmosphere of an enormous Earth-like planet already known to have habitable temperatures, which scientists say means it could support life.The unprecedented detection was made on K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of our home world. It is known as an exoplanet because it orbits a star outside the solar system, and is the first of its kind that is known to feature both water and temperatures suitable for life to exist.Those hoping to jump ship will be disappointed to hear that K2-18b is a whopping 110 light years from Earth, and may also have been exposed to dangerous radiation due to its highly active red dwarf star. Image: The exoplanet is the first of its kind that is known to feature both water and t...
Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province

Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province

Science
Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China. The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings "mind-blowing" - especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species.The fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been ...