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Russia's Putin gets a drink fit for dinosaurs
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:42:15 AM »

Russia's Putin gets a drink fit for dinosaurs
By Reuters
Published: February 14, 2012


MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin received a drink fit for dinosaurs when he was presented with a sample of ancient water from a sub-glacial Antarctic lake pierced by Russian scientists.

Russian scientists said this week they had drilled through Antarctica’s frozen crust to the vast Lake Vostok, which has lain untouched for at least 14 million years hiding what scientists believe may be unknown organisms and clues to life on other planets.

“Well, did you drink the water?” Putin asked Russia’s Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev after being presented with a vial of water which the government said was from the Vostok borehole.
Trutnev, looking flustered, assured Putin that he had not tried a drop of the water.
“Well it would have been interesting you know: dinosaurs drank it and Trutnev, a member of the Russian government, too,” Putin said with a smile.
Trutnev stifled a chortle and said he did not want to be dinosaur.

Sealed deep under the ice, Lake Vostok is one of the world’s last unexplored frontiers. Scientists suspect its depths may provide a glimpse of the planet before the ice age.


http://tribune.com.pk/story/336213/russias-putin-gets-a-drink-fit-for-dinosaurs/
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Re: Russia's Putin gets a drink fit for dinosaurs
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 07:03:31 PM »

BTW, this lake is an awesome discovery. Just imagine - 2.3 miles deep.. almost half way to Everest, in the other direction.

The reason the water is not frozen .. pressure from above and earth's heat from below. Cool!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17015559
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Re: Russia's Putin gets a drink fit for dinosaurs
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 05:40:56 PM »

Russians are digging deep into pre-history no doubt!...here is another one, where they are reviving a pre-historic flower!



Prehistoric flower blooms again after 30000 years
Yahoo! India News – Wed 22 Feb, 2012

Biologists have revived a 30,000-year-old plant that last flowered when ancient woolly mammoths roamed the Earth.

Cultivated from fruit tissues that were recovered from frozen sediment in Siberia, Silene stenophylla is by far the oldest to be brought back from the dead.


The previous record holder was a sacred lotus, which dated back about 1200 years.

The late David Gilichinsky and his colleagues from the Soil Cryology Laboratory in Moscow, Russia, recovered the fruits of the ice age flowering plant from a fossilised squirrel burrow in frozen sediments near the Kolyma river in north-east Siberia.

Radiocarbon dating of the fruit suggested that the squirrel hoarded it around 31,800 years ago, just before the ice rolled in.

By applying growth hormones to the fruit tissue, the researchers managed to initiate cell division and ultimately produce a practical flowering plant.

The modern day plant looks similar to the resurrected plant, but has larger seeds and fewer buds, and also grows roots more rapidly.

Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, is although impressed but cautious, because some supposedly "ancient" plants grown previously have turned out to be modern contaminants.

To rule out this possibility, the researchers went to some lengths to verify that the fruit came from undisturbed deposits. (Agencies)


http://in.news.yahoo.com/prehistoric-flower-blooms-again-after-30000-years.html
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