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agricultureWe Know Enough to Be Really Dangerous With Gene Editing

Some gene edited animals have been unintentionally deformed. There are gene edited rabbits with enlarged tongues and pig’s with extra vertebrae. Rapid progress in gene editing is being made but there is still a lot to learn. We know enough …

DNAUpdate on genome sequencing costs

For many years, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has tracked the costs associated with DNA sequencing performed at the sequencing centers funded by the Institute. This information has served as an important benchmark for assessing improvements in DNA …

china$1500 to sequence newborns in China and $999 for adult whole genome sequencing

Veritas Genetics is offering full genome sequencing of newborns in China,, ordered by a doctor. They will report back on 950 serious early- and later-life disease risks, 200 genes connected to drug reactions, and more than 100 physical traits a …

DNAFourth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced on March 15, 2017. The loading of fuel assemblies into …

genomeRussia develops stealth ferrite material to protect tanks and planes against precision guided weapons

Russian scientists have developed a new fabric that promises to have the ability to make Russian military hardware much harder to detect for enemy electronic warfare systems. The new lightweight and highly flexible fabric, developed by the Rostec subsidiary JSC …

crisprMagnetic memory chips at theoretical limit for low energy will use one million times less energy per computer operation

In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, UC Berkeley engineers have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can actually operate at the lowest fundamental energy dissipation theoretically possible under the laws of thermodynamics. This means that dramatic reductions in …

DNABest ever planet formation images taken by Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

High resolution images have been taken of a binary star approximately 450 light years away in the Scorpius-Centaurus association, a cluster of young stars containing objects similar to HL Tau. The images are part of Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA’s) …

cognitive enhancementChina gets first overseas military base but has a long way to go to catch up hundreds of US bases

China has sealed a deal to build its first military base in Djibouti, a former French colony strategically located across from Yemen on the Red Sea, squeezed between Eritrea and Somalia. Confirming years of under-the-radar suspicions, AFRICOM commander Gen. David …

chinaChina’s Navy will soon have two domestic aircraft carriers to go with current modern fighters and submarines

Here is a Congressional report on China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities. China is building two aircraft carriers in the 60,000-70,000 ton class. Currently, the submarine force consists of five nuclear attack submarines, four nuclear ballistic missile submarines, …

bioengineeringElon Musk tracking all advanced battery developments and sees nothing in the near term that would disrupt the Gigafactory of batteries

Tesla Motors and Elon Musk track about 60 different advanced battery development efforts around the world. Some of the efforts to develop improved batteries and hold some long-term promise. they rate all of them from one to five, where five …