Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life: Large bacteriophages carry bacterial genes, including CRISPR and ribosomal proteins 

Bacterial viruses, called bacteriophages, are simple genetic machines, relying on their bacterial hosts to replicate and spread. But scientists have found hundreds of huge phages that carry a slew of bacterial proteins that the phages evidently use to more efficiently manipulate their microbial hosts. These proteins include those involved with ribosomal production of proteins and the CRISPR bacterial immune system, as if the phages are a hybrid between living microbes and viral machines.

Source: Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life: Large bacteriophages carry bacterial genes, including CRISPR and ribosomal proteins — ScienceDaily

Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species: study

Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a ghost population that likely split from the ancestors of humans and Neanderthals between 360,000 and 1.02 million years ago.

Source: Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species: study – Alternet.org

Charles Darwin’s Publisher Didn’t Believe in Evolution, but Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

The famed naturalist and conservative stalwart John Murray III formed an unlikely alliance in popularizing a radical idea

Source: Charles Darwin’s Publisher Didn’t Believe in Evolution, but Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

The Rage of the Barred Owl 

The Rage of the Barred Owl When Moon unmasks your naked face And gilds your gun with diamonds green I mark your progress from afar. You stumble toward my roosting place, Studying your tiny screen, Tracking  an  artificial star. You killed my wife some dawns ago, Fooled by your telescopic sight: She was a Northern More

Source: The Rage of the Barred Owl – CounterPunch.org