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Apr 26, 2020

Algorithm Developed to Predict the Evolution of Genetic Mutations

Posted by in categories: evolution, genetics, information science

Quantitative biologists David McCandlish and Juannan Zhou at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have developed an algorithm with predictive power, giving scientists the ability to see how specific genetic mutations can combine to make critical proteins change over the course of a species’ evolution.

Described in Nature Communications, the algorithm called “minimum epistasis interpolation” results in a visualization of how a protein could evolve to either become highly effective or not effective at all. They compared the functionality of thousands of versions of the protein, finding patterns in how mutations cause the protein to evolve from one functional form to another.

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Apr 26, 2020

Polio outbreaks in Africa caused by mutation of strain in vaccine

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New cases of highly infectious disease that should be ‘consigned to the history books’ reported in Nigeria, the DRC, CAR and Angola.

Apr 26, 2020

There were more than 97,000 lightning flashes in Arizona during Wednesday’s monsoon storms

Posted by in category: climatology

Did you catch all that lightning last night? Don’t worry! There’s plenty of photos to see.

Apr 26, 2020

Air Force plans May start on $218 million conversion of new ‘nuke sniffer’ planes for Offutt fleet

Posted by in categories: energy, existential risks, transportation

Replacements are on the way for two decrepit 55th Wing jets that give the Air Force critical information about nuclear detonations in North Korea and elsewhere in the world.

The giant defense contractor L3Harris and the Air Force’s “Big Safari” acquisitions group are scheduled to start in May converting the first of three former Air National Guard fuel tankers into WC-135R radiation-detection aircraft. Work will start on the other two next year.

When they’re finished, all three aircraft will be assigned to the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base. The first is scheduled for delivery in 2022, said Maj. Malinda Singleton, an Air Force spokeswoman, with the other two following in 2023.

Apr 26, 2020

Introducing The 1400 HP All Electric Mustang Cobra Jet (w/ Video)

Posted by in category: transportation

Ford dropped a massive media bomb yesterday with the introduction of its most powerful Mustang ever. And what a car! It packs some 1400 HP and more than 1100 lb-ft of TQ — enough to blast the car from a standstill to 170 MPH in just eight seconds with nary a sound. Meet the original, Ford’s first electric Mustang, the Cobra Jet 1400.

Apr 26, 2020

Israeli team explains properties of most distant object in outer space

Posted by in category: space

Evgeni Grishin (Credit: Courtesy of The Technion)
Evgeni Grishin (Credit: Courtesy of The Technion)

Specifically, their work explains the unique characteristics of Arrokoth, affectionately known as “the Snowman” because it is likely predominantly made of soft ice and because of its two different sized lobes interconnected with a thin neck.

Arrokoth was first photographed in 2019 by the New Horizons space mission, the same mission that provided the world’s best pictures of Pluto and its moon Charon.

Apr 26, 2020

Brain implant and signal decoder have done the impossible and reversed paralysis

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

Paralysis used to mean a life sentence of immobility with no way out—until now.

Back in 2010, Ian Burkhart suffered a devastating injury that would leave him mostly paralyzed. Even though he was still able to move his shoulders and elbows, he had lost sensation in his hands. That was until Patrick Ganzer at Battelle Memorial Institute fast-forwarded biotech into the future by developing a brain implant that would turn Burkhart’s life around. When the implant connects to a specialized brain-computer interface, it does something that has never been done before and has restored both movement and touch in his right hand.

Apr 26, 2020

Tornado Maps LIVE

Posted by in category: climatology

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Apr 26, 2020

Hopes for coronavirus vaccine rise after infected monkeys become immune

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

:ooooo.


Primates found to have developed antibodies after being infected with Covid-19 – a discovery that suggests the immune system will fight back against the disease.

Apr 26, 2020

New high-energy-density physics research provides insights about the universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

Atoms and molecules behave very differently at extreme temperatures and pressures. Although such extreme matter doesn’t exist naturally on the earth, it exists in abundance in the universe, especially in the deep interiors of planets and stars. — Physics HeritageDaily — Archaeology News.