42,000 year old earth worm revived from permafrost

The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study.

‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian scientists from four institutions in collaboration with Princetown University.

Some 300 prehistoric worms were analysed - and two ‘were shown to contain viable nematodes’.

‘After being defrosted, the nematodes showed signs of life,’ said a report today from Yakutia, the area where the worms were found.

‘They started moving and eating.’ The video below shows the area where they were discovered in Siberia.

J.R.R. Tokien's New Book and Exhibition

Detail from Conversation with Smaug, July 1937. Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 30. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937 Image: Bodleian Library

Bodleian presents once-in-a-generation exploration of J.R.R.Tolkien's vast creative genius. Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries present the most extensive collection of materials related to J.R.R.Tolkien known to have been gathered together for public display since the 1950s.

The final design of The Hobbit dust jacket. Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 32. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937 Image: Bodleian Library


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald New Trailer

San Diego Comic Con always has something cool to show. This year is no different with the release of the full trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald.

If you are a Fantastic Beasts or a Harry Potter Fan, this movie has everything you are looking for. During a panel after the screening of the trailer; Young Dumbledore, Jude Law, also chimed in, “The depths and darkness in this story are possibly the darkest this world has seen before.” Check out the trailer below.

First Issue of Prisoner of the Mind is FREE Today!

Day 3 of Non-Comic Con! which means FREE Comic books. The first issue of Prisoner of the Mind 1 is free to read. Click on the link below.

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STARTS TODAY! Free comics, creators, art and fun — five days packed with comic book fun without the hassle of attending a convention. No hotel, travel or ticket costs – free to those on the Aazurn Fan List! Sign up and enjoy. http://aazurn.com/

I will be offering one of my Free Comic Books this week. Check it out!

Human Evolution

This is a very interesting new theory about human evolution which I had to share.

In the 1980s, scientists learned that all humans living today are descended from a woman, dubbed “Mitochondrial Eve,” who lived in Africa between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. This discovery, along with other evidence, suggested humans evolved from a single ancestral population is an interpretation that is not standing the test of time. The story of human evolution, as the latest research suggests, is more complicated than that.

Photo Credit: Middle Stone Age cultural artifacts from northern and southern Africa.Image: Eleanor Scerri/Francesco d’Errico/Christopher Henshilwood

Black Angel Movie is Coming!

Last year I posted a story about the infamous Black Angel Movie that has apparently been in the works for a long time. Here is the latest update. It looks like it will still be released sometime this year, and now the cast has added Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies according to MovieWeb. 

Here's the synopsis:

Think Game of Thrones meets Valhalla Rising, Excalibur meets Lord of the Rings. A powerful tale of ancient Celtic magic and Nordic Paganism, it’ll be gritty, dirty and heroic – everything great fantasy should be. The story follows a knight as he journeys deep into the dark underworld with the daughter of a rival king, to meet the face of evil itself and fight the Black Angel in combat. Full of drama, action and heroism, pure light is pitted against eternal darkness and damnation. 

Check back for updates.

Sea of Solitude Game looks creepy and amazing!

When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters. That’s what happened to Kay. But she’s not alone – this ocean is full of creatures just like her. Finding them may be the key to changing her back. So that's the story, sounds cool to me. Look at these visuals.

I'm really digging the colors in this.

The concept is really unique. 

All of this just seems refreshing as far as fantasy goes.

Check out the trailer below.


Yes, you heard that right. You might have missed this little tidbit of info with all the other crap going on in the world, but this is exciting news, even though most of us probably figured that Mars had organic material there anyway.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet’s surface and subsurface.

The new findings – “tough” organic molecules in three-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks near the surface, as well as seasonal variations in the levels of methane in the atmosphere – appear in the June 8 edition of the journal Science.

Organic molecules contain carbon and hydrogen, and also may include oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. While commonly associated with life, organic molecules also can be created by non-biological processes and are not necessarily indicators of life.

“With these new findings, Mars is telling us to stay the course and keep searching for evidence of life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, in Washington. “I’m confident that our ongoing and planned missions will unlock even more breathtaking discoveries on the Red Planet.”

“Curiosity has not determined the source of the organic molecules,” said Jen Eigenbrode of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who is lead author of one of the two new Science papers. “Whether it holds a record of ancient life, was food for life, or has existed in the absence of life, organic matter in Martian materials holds chemical clues to planetary conditions and processes.”

Although the surface of Mars is inhospitable today, there is clear evidence that in the distant past, the Martian climate allowed liquid water – an essential ingredient for life as we know it – to pool at the surface. Data from Curiosity reveal that billions of years ago, a water lake inside Gale Crater held all the ingredients necessary for life, including chemical building blocks and energy sources.

“The Martian surface is exposed to radiation from space. Both radiation and harsh chemicals break down organic matter,” said Eigenbrode. “Finding ancient organic molecules in the top five centimeters of rock that was deposited when Mars may have been habitable, bodes well for us to learn the story of organic molecules on Mars with future missions that will drill deeper.”


A Monster Snake that ruled Pre-Columbia

Titanoboa fossils show it was the largest snake in the world. It lived during the Paleocene epoch, about 60 million years ago, so you are safe from its bone crushing grip now, but the image of the huge prehistoric snake slithering around South America is still a terrifying one. This monster was approximately 49 feet long and weighed in around 2500 pounds.

It wasn't until 2007, however, that the vertebra of a Titanoboa was identified, when a shipment of fossils labeled ‘crocodile’ was being inspected. When this discovery was made, fresh expeditions were conducted in the hopes of finding more vertebrae of this animal. Eventually, a total of 100 snake vertebrae from 28 animals were collected. With the vertebrae, the paleontologists were able to make estimations as to the size of the prehistoric snake.