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Study Tracing Ancestor Microorganisms Suggests Life Started In A Hydrothermal Environment

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-- this post authored by Jeff Errington, Newcastle University

It's one of the greatest mysteries of modern science: how did life begin exactly? While most scientists believe that all lifeforms evolved from a common, primitive ancestor microorganism, the details are blurry. What kinds of genes did this lifeform carry and where did it live? A new study, published in Nature Microbiology, now sheds some light on this early organism and the environment it evolved in.

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What We Read Today 26 July 2016

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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The Targets Of Erdogan's Purge

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Tens of thousands of people have attended a pro-democracy rally in Istanbul's Taksim Square to condemn Turkey's attempted coup.

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Infographic Of The Day: Rock Climbing Essentials

This graphic discusses how rock climbing evolved from 1942 to until today, different types of rock climbing which includes traditional rock climbing, sport climbing, free solo climbing, ice climbing, bouldering and building.

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Maritime law is confusing, but interesting, I hope. Maritime law is a body of laws, conventions and treaties that governs international private business or other matters involving ships, shipping or crimes occurring on open water. Laws between nations governing such things as national versus international waters are considered public international law and are known as the Law of the Seas. Maritime law is also known as admiralty law.


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Will Bank Of Japan Deploy Helicopters?

by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

Japan's 'Helicopter Money' Play: Road to Hyperinflation or Cure for Debt Deflation?

Fifteen years after embarking on its largely ineffective quantitative easing program, Japan appears poised to try the form recommended by Ben Bernanke in his notorious 'helicopter money' speech in 2002. The Japanese test case could finally resolve a longstanding dispute between monetarists and money reformers over the economic effects of government-issued money.

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July 2016 Chemical Activity Barometer Signaling Improved Economic Growth

from the American Chemistry Council

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) expanded 0.4 percent in July following a revised 0.7 percent increase in June, 0.8 percent increase in May and 0.6 percent increase in April. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA).

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