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Submission + - Scientists may have found the earliest evidence of life on Earth (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: When did life on Earth begin? Scientists have dug down through the geologic record, and the deeper they look, the more it seems that biology appeared early in our planet’s 4.5-billion-year history. So far, geologists have uncovered possible traces of life as far back as 3.8 billion years. Now, a controversial new study presents potential evidence that life arose 300 million years before that, during the mysterious period following Earth’s formation.

The clues lie hidden in microscopic flecks of graphite—a carbon mineral—trapped inside a single large crystal of zircon. Zircons grow in magmas, often incorporating other minerals into their crystal structures of silicon, oxygen, and zirconium. And although they barely span the width of a human hair, zircons are nearly indestructible. They can outlast the rocks in which they initially formed, enduring multiple cycles of erosion and deposition.

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Submission + - Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter (thelocal.de)

Nemesisghost writes: A top German police officer decided to track his daughter's online activity by placing a trojan on her computer. When a friend found it, he decided to take revenge and hack him back. The friend was then able to find work emails, from which he gained access to the German police "Patras" server, which is used to log GPS & cellphone location data of suspects.

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The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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