The Chinese scientist behind the world’s largest cloning factory has said that replicating humans is alreadypossible, but he is only holding off doing so for fear of the public reaction.Xu Xiaochun, head of Boyalife Group, said his firm is already working to improve the cloning of primates in order to better test the animals for diseases.And he added it is just ‘a short biological step’ from monkeys to humans.
‘The technology is already there,’ Xu told AFP. ‘If this is allowed, I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.’The firm is not currently carrying out human cloning activities, Xu stressed, to avoid possible adverse reaction.But, he continued, ‘social values can change’, citing changing views of homosexuality. He added that, in time, humans could also have more choices about their own reproduction.
There’s a set of UFO hunters who are convinced that Nasa is covering up the remains of an ancient civilisation on Mars.
In the hope of backing up their bizarre theory, they’ve spotted what they believe to be everything from military bunkers to coffins on the red planet.
Their latest ‘sighting’ of a rock by the Opportunity rover described as a ‘man-made dome’ that they say was left behind by an alien race sometime during Mars’ watery past.
US scientists say they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that can resist malaria infection.
If the lab technique works in the field, it could offer a new way of stopping the biting insects from spreading malaria to humans, they say.
The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr.
And when the GM mosquitoes mated – their offspring inherited the same resistance, PNAS journal reports.
In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria.
About 3.2bn people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.
Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can help stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.
Scientists have been searching for new ways to fight malaria.
The University of California team believe their GM mosquito could play a pivotal role – breeding resistant offspring to replace endemic, malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
They took a type of mosquito found in India – Anopheles stephensi – on which to experiment.
Dr Anthony James and his team showed that they could give the insect new DNA code to make it a poor host for the malaria parasite.
The DNA, which codes for antibodies that combat the parasite, was inherited by almost 100% of the mosquito offspring and across three generations.
The researchers say the findings offer hope that the same method could also work in other mosquito species.
Although it would not be a sole solution to the malaria problem, it would be a useful additional weapon, they say.
Prof David Conway, UK expert from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “It’s not the finished product yet but it certainly looks promising. It does look like the genetic editing works.”
Other scientists have been looking at genetically modifying mosquitoes to render them infertile, so that they die out. But some experts fear that eliminating mosquitoes entirely may have unforeseen and unwanted consequences. Replacing disease-carrying mosquitoes with harmless breeds is a potential alternative.
Legend has it that ancient Assyrians developed space travel and left a statue of their god on Mars.On Monday, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover sent an image back of a rock that resembles Nabu, the god of wisdom to the Neo-Assyrians – at least according to some UFO enthusiasts.The image was taken at a site called, ‘Concepción Crater,’ an area that had been a mystery to scientists dueto strange coatings on rocks near the crater.
Found these faces on Mars side by side.’One is looking towards us and the other is looking to the left.’The face looking at us has a lot of similarities to the ancient Mesopotamia faces,’ Scott Waring said onUFO Sightings Daily, next to the photo.Although alarms and bells might be going off for alien hunters, Nasa has no interest in exploring the ‘face’ further.’As you can probably tell, it is a natural rock at the disrupted rim of a small crater, not a sculpture made by some ancient culture,’ Nasa spokesman Guy Webster told FoxNews.com in an email.’But it’s great that people are using their imaginations and enjoying the full public access to every image taken by any Mars rover.’Nasa has packed their schedule with navigating the rover to an area of sand dunes, as tall as a two-story building and as wide as a football field, with the hopes of learning more about the planet’s environment.The organization blames these type of sightings on a trick of the mind, known pareidolia – the psychological response to seeing familiar objects in random places.Last month, another, more well-known, religious figure was seen hanging out on the Red Planet.UFO hunters say they saw a huge Buddha statue in the mountains on Mars.They are using the ‘discovery’ to suggest that intelligent life once existed on the planet, and may have even have had a religion.
Ashwin Vasavada, who works on the Mars rover project, says scientists are not trying to hide evidence of alien life from the general public.His comments were sparked by an increase in ‘sightings’ of strange objects on the red planet. In their latest ‘discovery’, for instance, a number of people said they had spotted the Star Destroyer from Star Wars on Mars.’I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo.The black object looks like a crashed UFO,’ wrote UFO Sightings contributor Scott Waring.He said the ‘craft’ is only about 2.5 to 3 metres across, ‘so it probably only held a few passengers.’And earlier this month, alien hunters claimed they had spotted a mysterious ‘facehugger crab’ on the red planet.
The 156 years old Riemann Hypothesis, the most important problem in Mathematics has been successfully solved by Nigeria Scholar, Dr Opeyemi Enoch.
With this breakthrough, Dr Enoch, who teaches at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), has become the fourth egghead to resolve one of the seven Millennium Problems in Mathematics.
The Kogi State-born mathematician had, before now, worked on mathematical models and structures for generating electricity from sound, thunder and Oceanic bodies.
A statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday said Dr Enoch presentation of the Proof on November 11, 2015 during the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science in Vienna, Austria becomes more symbolic coming on the exact day and month 156 years after the problem was delivered by a German Mathematician in 1859.
The Riemann Zeta Hypothesis is one of the seven Millennium problems set forth by the Clay Mathematics Institute with a million Dollar reward for each solved problem for the past 16 years.
According to the statement, “Dr Enoch first investigated and then established the claims of Riemann. He went on to Consider and to correct the misconceptions that were communicated by Mathematicians in the past generations, thus paving way for his solutions and proofs to be established.
“He also showed how other problems of this kind can be formulated and obtained the matrix that Hilbert and Poly predicted will give these undiscovered solutions. He revealed how these solutions are applicable in cryptography, quantum information science and in quantum computers,” it stated.
Three of the problems had been solved and the prizes given to the winners. This makes it the fourth to be solved of all the seven problems.
Dr Enoch had previously designed a Prototype of a silo for peasant farmers and also discovered a scientific technique for detecting and tracking someone on an evil mission.
Enoch has succeeded in inventing methods by which oil pipelines can be protected from vandalism and he is currently working on Mathematical approaches to Climate Change.
Researchers at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey have just completed a yearlong study that looked at the correlation between body mass index (BMI) and male sexual performance. Their findings: Overweight men with obvious bellies lasted an astounding five minutes — five minutes! — longer in the sack than their thinner brethren.
A total of 200 men were surveyed. Researchers ultimately found that men with a higher BMI (i.e. bellies) lasted an average of 7.3 minutes in bed. The slimmer of the group barely lasted two minutes, and were more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation.
So let’s say a guy has sex 100 times annually. If he has a belly, he’s going to spend approximately eight hours — an entire work day — more per year penetrating his lover than if he has a six-pack. That’s a substantial amount of time.
The reason for the dramatically higher sexual endurance? More belly fat, scientists say, means a man has more estradiol, a female sex hormone that helps to inhibit orgasm.
So eat up, fellas. Start packing that estradiol. Because when it comes to sex, fat is the new thin.