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Dec 5, 2023

Drug Companies Explore Making Some of Their Most Lucrative Drugs in Space

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Experiments in orbit have shown the advantages of crystallizing valuable protein-based medicines in microgravity, possibly yielding new patents.

Dec 5, 2023

France on ‘high’ alert for bird flu after new cases detected

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) — France raised the risk level of bird flu to ‘high’ from ‘moderate’ on Tuesday after new cases of the disease were detected, forcing poultry farms to keep birds indoors to stem the spread of the highly contagious virus.

The decision by the agriculture ministry was published in the Official Journal on Tuesday.

Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, has led to the culling of hundreds of millions birds worldwide in recent years.

Dec 5, 2023

Tokyo Architecture City Guide: 30 Iconic Buildings to Visit in Japan’s Capital City

Posted by in category: futurism

The following list showcases 30 iconic modern and contemporary buildings that will provide a good starting point for your first visit to Japan’s largest city, including works from renowned architects such as Nikken Sekkei, Herzog & De Meuron, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, Kenzo Tange, OMA and Kazuyo Sejima.

Dec 5, 2023

Hydrogen Detected in Lunar Samples, points to Resource Availability for Space Exploration

Posted by in categories: government, space

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers have discovered solar-wind hydrogen in lunar samples, which indicates that water on the surface of the Moon may provide a vital resource for future lunar bases and longer-range space exploration. Space-based resource identification is a key factor in planning for civilian-and government-led space exploration.

“Hydrogen has the potential to be a resource that can be used directly on the lunar surface when there are more regular or permanent installations there,” said Dr. Katherine D. Burgess, geologist in NRL’s Materials Science and Technology Division.

“Locating resources and understanding how to collect them prior to getting to the Moon is going to be incredibly valuable for space exploration.”

Dec 5, 2023

Organoids Evolve from Academic Marvel to Industrial Tool

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

No less sensitive for being mass produced, organoids are supporting applications such as drug development and providing an alternative to animal models.

Dec 5, 2023

CRISPR’s Hidden Universe: FLSHclust Algorithm Unlocks Secret Gene Modules

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science

Researchers using the new FLSHclust algorithm discovered 188 unique CRISPR-linked gene modules, including a novel type VII CRISPR-Cas system, in a massive protein database. This breakthrough enhances our understanding of CRISPR systems and their potential in biotechnological innovations.

Researchers have developed a new algorithm, FLSHclust (“flash clust”), leading to the discovery of 188 rare and previously unknown CRISPR-linked gene modules. This includes a novel type VII CRISPR-Cas system found among billions of protein sequences. The findings of this approach offer new possibilities for exploiting CRISPR systems and exploring the vast diversity of microbial proteins.

CRISPR’s Growing Impact in Biotechnology.

Dec 5, 2023

This $1,000 card can store a message in DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

The flash drive of the future?

Dec 5, 2023

See the Brain Like Never Before in This Gorgeous Art

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The complexity of the brain comes to life in the annual Art of Neuroscience competition.

By Lori Youmshajekian & Liz Tormes

Dec 5, 2023

Could Blood Transfusions and Tissue Transplants Spread Certain Dementias?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scattered evidence suggests that aberrant proteins act as “seeds” to transmit neurodegenerative disease, but the jury is still out.

By Esther Landhuis

Dec 5, 2023

“Singularities don’t exist,” claims black hole pioneer Roy Kerr

Posted by in category: cosmology

The brilliant mind who discovered the spacetime solution for rotating black holes claims singularities don’t physically exist. Is he right?

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