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Life on Mars? Organic truffle molecules discovered on Red Planet

Life on Mars? Organic truffle molecules discovered on Red Planet

Technology
Organic molecules found on Earth in coal, crude oil, and white truffles have been discovered on Mars, suggesting the possible existence of early life on the planet.The thiophene molecules were probably produced through biological processes, rather than chemical ones, according to Washington State University astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch. The announcement comes as NASA's Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama of the Martian surface yet, composed of more than 1,000 images and 1.8 billion pixels. Image: A molecule found in white truffles has been discovered on Mars Alongside Jacob Heinz at the Technische Universitat in Berlin, Mr Schulze-Makuch explained his team's reasoning in a new paper published in the journal ...
Lockheed nets $184.5M for organic depot level repairs on F-35s

Lockheed nets $184.5M for organic depot level repairs on F-35s

Business
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded $ 184.5 million repair capabilities on a production lot of F-35 aircraft operated by the Pentagon and other non-Department of Defense program participants. The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, tasks Lockheed with establishing organic depot level repair capabilities for the F-35 aircraft under a previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 contract. The work, to support the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and non-DoD participants, is expected to be complete by March 2023. Half of the work will be done in Fort Worth, Texas, where Lockheed is headquartered, with the rest at locations across the United States. Among the aircraft systems and parts the company will be working on are common components, convention...
Organic farming aids honeybee colony health

Organic farming aids honeybee colony health

Science
June 26 (UPI) -- Honeybees and their pollination services are essential for crop production, but bee populations continue to decline all over the world. New research suggests honeybee colonies might fare better if more farms practiced organic farming. In regions featuring intensive agriculture, with of monoculture, commercial farms, honeybees tend to struggle during May and June, when cultivated rapeseed and sunflowers aren't in bloom. Ecologists with the French National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS, found bees living on organic farms have better access to floral resources, including weeds, meadows and semi‐natural elements, between the blooms of rapeseed and sunflower. As a result, bees on organic farms produced a 37 percent larger brood, 20 percent larger adult bee population ...
Air pollution can chemically transform organic vapors in the atmosphere

Air pollution can chemically transform organic vapors in the atmosphere

Science
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Scientists are only just beginning to understand the complex ways new aerosol particles form in the atmosphere. New research suggests human-caused air pollution can impact the conversion of organic gasses into aerosols. All ecosystems, including wetlands, forests and mountain streams, emit organic compounds into the atmosphere, but only a few of these compounds are known to react with atmospheric gases to form particles, or aerosols. When researchers monitored particle formation in the lab, they found aerosols formed most efficiently when sulfuric acid, ammonia and organic vapors were all present. Increased nitrogen oxide levels were associated with lower rates of aerosol formation. Researchers designed their lab conditions to mimic the atmosphere above the Finnish boreal...
Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Health
Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say.The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets.The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types.Only natural and Greek-style yoghurts could be classed as low in sugar.The study comes as government health officials are encouraging manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar consumed by the public.Yoghurts have been identified as one of the food types on which Public Health England wants to see progress.This research was undertaken shortly after the launch of the sugar-reduction programme. Unsurprisingly, yoghurt desserts contained ...