Top Science Stories This Week

Posted: May 28 2016, 2:06pm CDT | by , Updated: May 28 2016, 9:10pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Top Science Stories This Week
Largest known sponge Credit: NOAA

5,000 Years Old Beer Recipe Uncovered in China

Researchers have uncovered ancient beer brewing equipment in an archeological site of China which contains the traces of ingredients too. The discovery indicates that people in Ancient China were already familiar with advanced brewing techniques as their beer combined both east and west elements.

The most surprising ingredient was barley, a grain from the west, which is a key ingredient in almost all beers today, indicating that ancient people used to apply the same techniques and principles as brewers do these days. The finding also reveals that it was the oldest known evidence of barley use in China.

Scientists Discover How Giant Black Holes are Turning Galaxies into Cosmic Graveyards

There are many galaxies in the universe that are filled with star forming material but somehow they have stopped producing new stars. A new research suggests that the reason is their supermassive black holes which are lying at the centers of the galaxies and are powerful enough to blow intense interstellar winds. The powerful winds prevent gas of galaxies from cooling and condensing into stars. In other words, they are causing to suppress star formation process. The phenomenon is surprisingly very common in older galaxies called red geysers which harbor low energy black holes in their cores.

Neanderthals Probably Built 176,000 Years Old Underground Structures

Neanderthals, the extinct cousins of modern humans, were probably more intelligent and advanced than we initially thought. Researchers have discovered two mysterious stone rings deep inside a French cave and they believe these structures were built by Neanderthals 176,000 years ago.

There were around 400 stalagmites and stalagmite sections that were collected and stacked into nearly circular formation about 1,100 feet from the entrance of Bruniquel Cave, making it the oldest construction directly linked to Neanderthals.

Scientists Discover Minivan-sized Sponge – The Largest on Record

NOAA researchers have discovered a humongous sea sponge during their expedition in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument last summer. The sponge was found at the depth of 7,000 feet and was measured about 11 feet long and three feet wide, making it the largest sponge ever. Researchers believe that it could also be one of the oldest living animals on Earth with an estimated age of around 1,000 years.

Rosetta’s Comet Contain Ingredients of Life

For the first time, researchers have directly detected the ingredients of life on a comet. Simple amino acid glycine and phosphorus that are key components of DNA and cell membranes have been found at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The discovery fuels the longstanding debate that water and organic molecules were brought on Earth through the impacts of asteroids and comets. Though Rosetta’s instrument have shown a clear difference in the composition of comet 67P’s water and that of Earth, scientists still believe they could have provide building blocks of life on Earth.

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