3.5 Billion Years’s Oldest Bacteria Fossils is Discovered
Scientists analyzing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.
If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move scientists one step closer to understanding the first chapters of life on Earth. The discovery could also spur the search for ancient life on other planets.
These traces of bacteria “are the oldest fossils ever described. Those are our oldest ancestors,” said Nora Noffke, a biogeochemist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk who was part of the group that made the find and presented it last month at a meeting of the Geological Society of America.
Unlike dinosaur bones, the newly identified fossils are not petrified body parts. They’re textures on the surfaces of sandstone thought to be sculpted by once-living organisms. Today, similar patterns decorate parts of Tunisia’s coast, created by thick mats of bacteria that trap and glue together sand particles. Sand that is stuck to the land beneath the mats and thus protected from erosion can over time turn into rock that can long outlast the living organisms above it.
Sad New Year: Zynga shuts down ‘PetVille,’ 10 other games
It was a little over a year ago that high-flying Facebook gaming giant Zynga was firing up “Mafia Wars 2″ — the sequel to its hit mobster game — along with a string of other new games for Facebook and mobile devices.
Times were good. But here, on the cusp of 2013, those times are no more for the beleaguered game company. Over the course of the last few days, Zynga has shut down not only “Mafia Wars 2″ but its long-running pet-simulation game “PetVille.” The company has also closed down and pulled from app stores nine other games.
As TechCrunch first reported, the closures — part of an attempt on Zynga’s part to restructure and thus pull itself out of a business tailspin — are as follows:
PetVille – Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 – Shut down December 30th
FishVille – Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars – Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle – Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World – Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown – Pulled from app stores
Forestville – Pulled from app stores
Montopia – Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo – Pulled from app stores
Word Scramble Challenge – Pulled from app stores
Zynga CEO Marc Pincus originally announced in October that 13 games in total would be shuttered and 5 percent of the full-time staff cut as part of drastic cost-saving measures needed to bring the company back in line. These moves come after a very bad year in which Zynga has seen its share price tank, has been accused of insider trading and has been sued by gaming giant Electronic Arts for allegedly copying its gameplay.
As it announced closures of its various games via Facebook, Zynga tried to encourage players to pick up one of its other games instead, offering them free credits in games like “ChefVille, “Farmville 2″ and the original “Mafia Wars” game, all of which are all still operating.
Shipping the large screen LG OLED High Definition & Very thin TV
Missing a 2012 delivery date, LG announced on Tuesday that it will release the first 55-Inch OLED HDTVs in Korea in early February 2013, after a year of delays due to reported production problems. Over 1,400 Korean store fronts will begin taking orders Jan. 3 for February delivery on the “55EM9700” at a price of approximately $10,342.
LG added it is going to ramp-up production to take the lead in a market that will reach 7.2 million units by 2016, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.
The 55EM9700 is the tabletop version of a similar model that was first shown at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show almost one year ago. The production version weighs in at 22 pounds and has a screen thickness of just .16-Inches.
LG US public relations added that “[O[ther markets where the TV will be available will be announced over the next several weeks along with their respective prices.”
We asked LG for a time frame for US release and are waiting for a response.
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