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Scientists Resurrect 100 Million Year-Old Underwater Lifeforms - IGN
Scientists have revived 100-million-year-old microbes, giving us another glimpse at what life was like far in the past.
Scientists have revived microbes that were found in 100-million-year-old sediment, giving us another glimpse at what life was like in the far past.As reported by Gizmodo, an international team of scientists led by geomicrobiologist Yuki Morono from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology revived these microbes that are actually from 101.5 million years ago.Once the microbes, which are a type of bacteria, were put in laboratory conditions, they came back to life and began eating and multiplying, as living things tend to do. Even though these microbes are over 100 million years old, they were living in low-energy conditions that allowed them to "retain their metabolic potential," according to a new research study published by Nature Communications. Once again, this new study extends our view of the habitable biosphere on Earth and the ability of microbes to survive under suboptimal conditions, Virginia Edgcomb, a geologist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who wasnt involved in the new study, said in an email. It also extends our view of where viable microbial life contributes to carbon and other nutrient turnover in the deep biosphere. There was a previous study of bacterial spores that were supposedly from 250-million-year-old salt crystal in the Permian Salado Formation in New Mexico, but not all experts agreed these were really from back then. One of the issues brought up was that the samples were contaminated. Using DNA and RNA gene profiling, these 101.5-million-year-old microbes were identified as aeorbic, or oxygen-loving, bacteria and the "lack of permeability between the thick seafloor layers" ruled out contamination. Jennifer Biddle, who is an associate professor from the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware agreed with these findings and praised Morono. In fact, were I given a precious sample of Martian material with which I could conclusively prove evidence of life on another planet, I would give it to Yuki Morono, said Biddle, who wasnt involved with the new research. Luckily, Morono says the health risk of reviving ancient bacteria is very low as subseafloor sediment is regarded as at low risk for health, since no infecting host, like a human, exists in this environment. Phew. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
Gabe Newell Has Been Stuck in New Zealand Since March, and Is Putting on a Concert to Thank the Country - IGN
Gabe Newell says he became a "COVID refugee" in March, and wants to say thank you to his host country.
After shipping Half-Life: Alyx, Gabe Newell set off for a 10-day vacation in New Zealand with friends - and has been stuck there since the country locked down in March. Thankfully, he seems to have enjoyed himself.Speaking on TVNZ1's Breakfast show, the Valve co-founder explained that he's been working remotely ever since lockdown. New Zealand has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic notably well, with Newell saying, "The hardest part by far," he explained, "is being worried about friends and family who aren't in New Zealand."To thank the country for its hospitality, Newell and two friends, Spanish race car driver Alex Riberas and Riberas' partner Teagan Klein, have announced 'We Love Aotearoa' a free concert and event taking place in Auckland on August 15. Aside from the music, the event will lean into its founders' professional interests, with games and virtual reality experiences, as well a line-up of racing and drift cars. Speaking about why he wanted to give back to the country he's been staying in, Newell said: "For me, it's very much about the community spirit, this sense that everybody can come together and solve this super-challenging problem, and then be welcoming to us, essentially, as COVID refugees. There's the natural beauty, there's all the fun stuff you can do, but it's the people that have really made our lives different." In terms of his work, the legendary developer said that there was no difference between working from Seattle or New Zealand - which hopefully means he's been able to make some headway on his work with Matrix-like brain-computer interface technology. Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]
The Steam Game Festival Returns This June - IGN Southeast Asia
Play game demos from home through Steam.
The Steam Games Festival is returning this summer offering gamers a digital-event where they can play limited-time demos for upcoming releases. The event will run from June 9th to 14th directly through the Steam launcher. Geoff Keigley announced the very first Steam Games Festival in 2019 as part of The Game Awards. For 48-hours, players could try limited-time demos of games including System Shock and SkateBird. Similar to last years event, the upcoming Steam Game Festival will spotlight games set to be released within the next year, so any game available to demo wont be so far off from launch. The demos will likely be limited-time only, meaning once the festival is over the demos will disappear. The Steam page for the Game Festival is currently live, and players can set reminders for when the event launches. For developers, theres a separate link for them to get their upcoming games featured in the festival. The deadline to submit your game ends on April 24th. The Steam Game Festival is yet another digital-event taking place during what was traditionally the week reserved for E3. IGN will be hosting its own Summer of Gaming event throughout the month highlighting new announcements, along with IGNs full pre-show and post-show coverage of any games. Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.