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A 3D recreation of the possible first flowerHervé Sauquet & Jürg Schönenberger / University of Paris-Sud

Researchers have discovered what the first-ever flower may have looked like, according to Science Magazine.

How it worked: Scientists used the eFLOWER project to create a massive database of flowers, including 13000 data points going back to 1783. They "tested millions of configurations of how flowers may have changed through time" to decide what the original flower may have looked like.

What they found: Scientists originally thought the first flower had petals arranged in spirals. However, the flower these researchers came up with had petals organized "in concentric circles in groups of three." This discovery "is reflective of hundreds of millions of years of later evolution to their specific environments." The paper was published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Why it matters: The rapid evolution of flowers mystified Charles Darwin. Knowing the structure of the earliest flowers can help us understand how they spread across the globe.

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7 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 9 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.

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