There’s a world going on beneath the Earth’s surface that we haven’t even been aware of until now. As a recent report from a group of scientists reveals, there is an ecosystem underneath the ground we walk on, known as the “deep biosphere.” It goes to the core of the Earth and consists primarily of bacteria and microbes.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the team found that the combined weight of all of this life is hundreds of times heavier than the weight of all humans living on Earth combined. The researchers discovered there are between 16.5 to 25 billion tons of these microorganism existing beneath the Earth’s surface.

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Friday, 02 November 2018 00:00

New Museum Showcases Greek Technology

The world’s first computer, first operational robot, and first steam engine are all on display at the recently-opened Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, Greece. This is the third technology museum to open in the country since 2003, all opened by Patras University engineer Kostas Kotsanas.

Although they aren’t well-known in Greece, each of the museums has been heavily visited by foreign tourists and have captured the interest of museums and institutions from across the globe. The museum includes more than 300 operating models of ancient Green technological innovations.

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Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Insect Venom Could Inspire Your Next Treatment

Venom may not be something you’d wish on your worst enemy. However, it could be coming to a drugstore near you, thanks to research studying its usefulness in painkillers. Scientists are studying venom from a variety of organisms for use in treating medical conditions. Since 15 percent of all organisms have venom, researchers have had no trouble finding insects to study as they create compounds for today’s pharmaceuticals.

There are already venom-inspired products on the market, including Ziconotide, which is used as treatment for chronic pain. Ziconotide mimics the venom found in cone snails. Another drug, inspired by venom in the Gila monster, is Exenatide, which is prescribed to diabetes patients. A deadly viper inspired the compound found in Captopril, which treats high blood pressure. Viper venoms are also behind two other blood pressure treatments, ptifibatide and tirofiban.

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