Monthly Archives: December 2015

Genetically correcting a muscle disorder

Three independent groups of researchers provide preliminary evidence that CRISPR can treat genetic disorders by editing a gene involved in muscle functioning, restoring some muscle function in mice with a specific type of muscular dystrophy.

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Human-machine superintelligence can solve the world’s most dire problems

At the heart of crowdsourcing, citizen science, and collective intelligence is human computation -- the science that aims to combine the unique strengths of humans and computers to create new capabilities. In a Jan. 1 perspective article in the journa...

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New technique offers strong, flawless 3-D printed ceramics

Researchers have developed a way to create ceramics using 3-D printing that results in a strong material with little tendency to crack that can be fabricated into complex, curved and porous shapes.

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Transition metal catalyst prompts ‘conjunctive’ cross-coupling reaction

Transition metals-enabled cross-coupling reactions are widely recognized as among the most significant catalysis tools available to chemists. By employing a third reactant, a team of Boston College researchers reports it has developed a new, alternativ...

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CRISPR treats genetic disorder in adult mammal

Researchers at Duke University have used CRISPR to treat an adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This marks the first time that CRISPR has successfully treated a genetic disease inside a fully developed living mammal with a strategy that h...

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How epigenetics can affect ants’ behavior

By applying compounds that cause epigenetic changes to ants, researchers were able to change the insects' behavior. Epigenetics is a process whereby environmental factors can affect DNA and the mechanism by which DNA is transcribed and translated into ...

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Late-season Central Pacific tropical depression forms

Tropical Depression 9C formed in the Central Pacific, 30 days after the official end to the Central Pacific Hurricane Season. An image from NOAA's GOES-West satellite revealed the late-season tropical depression was still struggling to organize.

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Seeing DROSHA for the first time

Scientists working at the IBS Center for RNA Research in South Korea are at the forefront of discovering and mapping out the complexities of the structures involved in this process of pri-miRNA biogenesis. A team led by V. Narry Kim has for the first t...

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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ula’s eye and rainfall

Tropical Cyclone Ula formed on Dec. 30 and continued tracking south of Pago Pago as NASA observed rainfall rates and saw an eye form the next day. Warnings were in effect in Fiji as Ula approaches.

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Melting, coating, and all-solid-state lithium batteries

The joint research team of Prof. Yoon Seok Jung and Prof. Seng M. Oh discovered a new way to develop all-solid-state lithium batteries without a risk of conflagration or explosion. It is the method of melting the solid electrolyte and coating that melt...

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NeoGenomics acquires Clarient and Clarient Diagnostic Services

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Clarient, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Clarient Diagnostic Services, Inc. Clarient, a provider of compreh...

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One of the most powerful N. Atlantic storms on record builds 55-ft waves and brings winter melting to North Pole

A monstrously powerful North Atlantic storm has done the unthinkable: By drawing warm air up from the south into the Arctic, it likely pushed up temperatures at the North Pole today to just above the melting point. The North Pole unfreezing — in winter? That's seems like a fitting way to end a year that will go down as the warmest on record, by far. See also: 2015 will almost certainly end as warmest year on record — and 2016 is now forecast to be at least as warm One caveat is in o

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