February 2016 archive

Feb 27

EVs will cost the same as gas-powered cars by 2025

If the price of EVs is what’s keeping you from giving up your gas guzzler, you may not have to wait long for the prices to come down. In a study released today, Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that the cost of electric vehicles will continue to drop as the batteries that power them get …

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Feb 27

[Perspective] CRISPR goes retro

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Feb 27

[Perspective] Breaking DNA

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Feb 27

[In Depth] Fight over author pseudonyms could flare again

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Feb 27

The Porter Ranch Methane Leak Was the Worst in US History

A new report shows that the leak in California was nothing less than devastating. The post The Porter Ranch Methane Leak Was the Worst in US History appeared first on WIRED. from WIRED » WIRED See Link via IFTTT

Feb 27

Bacteria take ‘RNA mug shots’ of threatening viruses

Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin, the Stanford University School of Medicine and two other institutions have discovered that bacteria have a system that can recognize and disrupt dangerous viruses using a newly identified mechanism involving ribonucleic acid (RNA). It is similar to the CRISPR/Cas system that captures foreign DNA. The discovery might …

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Feb 27

Proofreading molecules tug on RNA to ensure protein production accuracy

If you imagine a cell as a house, protein production can be a fairly relatable engineering feat. A master blueprint (DNA) holds all the information about what goes where. If you just want to build a door (protein), you only need a copy of that specific portion of the blueprint (messenger RNA, or mRNA). In …

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Feb 27

New nanotech fibre technique to light up European industry

A new cost-effective method of fabricating high quality light-emitting fibres could benefit sectors ranging from sensors to wearable smart devices. from Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories http://ift.tt/1WNCWQp via IFTTT

Feb 27

Wonder material sparks rush to develop new electronics

Bendable mobile phones, quick-charge batteries and unbreakable touch screens—technology firms are racing to harness the potential of graphene, a wonder material which scientists say could transform consumer electronics. from Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories http://ift.tt/1WNCUIy via IFTTT

Feb 27

New research adds additional layer of complexity to human protein landscape

New VIB/UGent research adds an extra dimension to the known set of human proteins. Genes can shift their expression towards alternative protein versions (proteoforms) that rival their full length counterparts in stability. For that reason, the diversity of human proteins seems to be fundamentally underestimated. Professors Petra Van Damme and Kris Gevaert report these results …

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