The case of the missing time capsule!
Former classmates reunited in Michigan to uncover a time capsule buried 30 years ago. The result? They couldn't find it.
The seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours Sunday digging outside Coloma Junior High in southwestern Michigan. Tracy Gilmer said she remembers putting a Michael Jackson cassette in the box in 1988, along with assignments from an accelerated writing-and-reasoning program, including a fictional country.
"We had our own constitution and I actually sewed a flag for our country. I think the flag is in" the time capsule, she told The Herald-Palladium .
A teacher, Sandi Sanders, said information about the capsule was filed away but lost. Some wonder if rebellious classmates dug it up.
"We are all kind of in the dark trying to remember what was in it and where it is," Sanders said.
Coloma Superintendent Dave Ehlers said the box may have been unearthed earlier when work was performed to alleviate flooding behind the school. The group might use a different metal detector and keep hunting.
"It was an English class," Sanders said. "We didn't know how to measure."
Russian and South Korean researchers are examining DNA from prehistoric creatures to try to bring them back to life.
Not sure this is the best idea or use of time!
The world could see long-extinct creatures like woolly mammoths and cave lions come back to life because of a new cloning facility in Russia. The $5.8 million dollar facility is taking notes from the film “Jurassic Park” with the goal of restoring the animals through cloning research.
Russian scientists already have a working relationship with South Korean researchers, led by cloning expert Professor Hwang Woo-Suk. Together, they’re examining DNA they’ve found from the prehistoric animals, which has been preserved in frozen soil called permafrost for tens of thousands of years, and comparing it to the animals’ modern-day evolutions (like elephants). If successful, they could create a mammoth-elephant hybrid and release the species to Siberia’s Pleistocene Park, which that aims to replicate the prehistoric mammoths’ original habitat.
But bringing the creatures back to life isn’t their only goal, the research extends to other causes as well. “Such studies will help in the study of rare genetic disease, their diagnosis, prevention,” says Dr. Lena Grigorieva, who drafted the plans for the facility.