The new count is 12 times higher than what the previous census of marine viruses recorded in 2016. The reasons for the jump, researchers says, include extensive expeditions to collect samples and improved tools for genetic analysis. Roughly 90% of the viruses identified were new to science, they report today in Cell. This new appreciation of the viral diversity of the seas could help clarify the role of such microbes in the ocean’s carbon cycle, where they can kill or manipulate bacteria that might otherwise capture or release carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Can you imagine a world without World of Warcraft? After 15 years spent exploring the wastes, wildernesses and wonders of Azeroth, it’s hard to think of a gaming landscape without Blizzard’s all-conquering massively multiplayer RPG in it. And, with World of Warcraft Classic, we’re about to get the opportunity to experience those first fledgling days […]
Digital rights activist Nighat Dad has been named as one of the members of Facebook’s independent “supreme court” empowered to make binding decisions about what content should be allowed or removed at the social network and Instagram. The decision was announced by the social networking site on Wednesday. The oversight board is to make final […]
WASHINGTON: The US Air Force on Sunday successfully launched its high-tech drone X-37B, placing the reusable vehicle into orbit for its sixth secretive mission in space. The drone, which resembles a smaller version of the manned space shuttles retired by the US space program in 2011, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Air […]