Scientific Discovery May Lead to Woolly Mammoths Roaming Earth

Melissa Knowles
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Let's take it all way back to middle school science class.  Remember when your teacher told you about the woolly mammoth? Well these now extinct prehistoric animals roamed the Earth more than 10,000 years ago, but they may be coming back.  Scientists from Russia and Japan are working to bring woolly mammoths back by cloning the giant within the next five years.  A mammoth thigh bone was found under permafrost soil in Siberia with its marrow in unusually well preserved condition. The Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will team up to recreate the mammoth using DNA taken from the marrow that is then put into the nuclei of egg cells of common elephants. The next step is implanting the embryos into elephant wombs to be delivered. Since the two species are close relatives, scientists are not foreseeing many complications. So what does this mean for us?  There very well could be a new breed of woolly mammoth walking our planet by 2016. People on social media are drawing comparisons to the movie 'Jurassic Park' with one person saying 'Pliocene Park' doesn't have the same ring to it.' Some are questioning if scientist should do this kind of collaboration just because they can, tweeting that science has run amok and asking 'what could possibly go wrong?' Looks like we'll have to just wait and see.

Being involved in a horrific accident is terrifying enough. Imagine capturing it on camera you're using to record the experience. That's exactly what happened to a skydiver in Wisconsin. Video of a man having a mid-air collision with another skydiver is going viral. The video shows the man getting tangled with another skydiver and free-falling 2,500 feet to the ground. He was instantly paralyzed, breaking his neck and his back during the impact, and is now a quadriplegic. The man posted the video of the incident on the news Web site and he answered questions from the commenters. He said that the last thing that went through his head was, "this is going to hurt." However, he says he doesn't regret skydiving, calling it "the best decision [he's] ever made." The video has received more than 240,000 views, and a ton of comments on YouTube in just more than a day. On Twitter, people are calling it absolutely incredible, and 'the most intense thing I've seen on the Internet in a while." As for the man in the video, he just brought himself to watch the video for the first time, just four and half years since the incident took place.