What we talk about when we talk about war (V)

  Permafrost warms, glaciers recede and life that has been dormant is revived – and biodiversity surprises abound. A number of otherwise extinct mosses and lichens have been exposed by the retreat Ellesmere Island’s Teardrop Glacier. A 30,000-year-old virus, benign but previously unknown, was found in ice cores pulled from  Siberian permafrost. Some apprehension is understandable;…

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Shaking the Tree

The current phylogenetic tree, which organizes the known types of life into groups that share certain characteristics, may have just gained an extra branch way down near the roots. There are three domains: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukoryota. While we are used to hearing about a new species of frog or beetle or plant being discovered,…

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