Researchers have found evidence of ancient microorganisms that lived in what is now Western Australia at least 4.1 billion years ago. If confirmed, the discovery suggests that life originated on Earth 300 million years earlier than previously thought.
SpaceIL, a privately owned Space Exploration team from Israel announced this week they were the first team to secure a launch contract to send their own private rover to the moon. The US$30 million contract is a prize for winning the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The first private lunar mission in the world will be on launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by Spaceflight Industries and is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
Myriad Genetics had argued it held the patent over the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes which, if present, dramatically increase a woman’s chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
But Yvonne D’Arcy, 69, argued the genes existed in nature, so were discovered rather than invented.
The company succeeded twice in the Federal Court, but the High Court today overturned those decisions as it ruled unanimously in Ms D’Arcy’s favour.
“For the first time, we have solved the problem of harvesting usable energy from a small radio frequency signal.”
Video of white blood cell chasing a bacterium through a field of red blood cells. Click the link for a another video where the cells look more like ants on the attack of a worm.