CRISPR is used to eliminate toxic RNA which could treat RNA related diseases

CRISPR DNA editing is allowing correction of many diseases. But many other diseases are linked to RNA. Biotech startup Locana is using the power of CRISPR to develop treatments for disease caused by RNA. They use a technique for tracking RNA in live cells called RNA-targeting Cas9 (RCas9). In a new study, published August 10 …

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RNA circuits transform cells into nanodevices with 12 input logic

In new research, Alex Green, an assistant professor at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, demonstrates how living cells can be induced to carry out computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers. The results of the new study have significant implications for intelligent drug design and smart drug delivery, green energy production, low-cost diagnostic technologies and …

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Circular RNAs can communicate with ribosomes and make proteins

For decades, loops of genetic material known as circular RNA were considered a kind of genetic accident. But scientists have given them new attention in recent years, and a set of papers published this month suggests some of them actually give rise to proteins, just like their more familiar, linear counterparts, messenger RNA. The new …

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Fourth 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 the core of the 1080 MWe CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor was completed on 21 November …

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China activating J-20 stealth fighters now in advance of South Korea getting 40 F-35s in 2018

China’s state media reports that that the fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighter has been put into active military service and this is two years earlier than previously expected. China’s military has not confirmed this. Military insiders said the appearance of J-20s in the air force was meant as a warning to Japan and South Korea, which …

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Sweden re-activates military draft over concerns about Russian aggression

The Swedish government has decided to re-activate conscription from January 1 2018. The security environment in Europe and in Sweden’s vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn’t provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel. The re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness. Trained personnel are fundamental for building military capability. In …

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion investment to cure disease

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has put $3 billion toward their goal of helping cure, prevent and manage all diseases in their children’s lifetime. The money comes from the $45 billion organization Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan started last year to advance human potential and equality. The project will bring together teams of scientists …

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Northrop Grumman making two kinds of terahertz freqency amplifiers

Two approaches are being developed for terahertz frequency devices. 1. The Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA), which in 2014 was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest solid state chip, able to operate at THz speeds. This device, made of the semiconductor indium phosphide (InP), also can boost the power of a wide …

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Italeave, Departugal and Austria La Vista are Names for EU exit campaigns

The other EU exit campaigns have interesting and amusing names. LOLDamn has some graphics for the exit names Italy – Italeave Portugal – Departugal Austria – Oustria and / or Austria La Vista Belgium – Byegium Finland – Finish Czech Republic – Czechout Netherlands – Nethermind Latvia – Latervia France – Fruckoff Hungary: Donegary EU …

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First solar reaches record 22.1% efficiency for Cadmium telluride solar cells

First Solar, Inc. set a record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 22.1 percent efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab. The achievement confirms that First Solar is on pace with its established research cell roadmap, and validates CdTe’s growing competitive advantage over multi-crystalline silicon …

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Update on Google Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence

Demis Hassabis gave a talk about his Google Deep Mind project In January 2014 DeepMind was acquired by Google for a reported £400 million (approximately $625 million), where Hassabis is now Vice President of Engineering leading their general AI projects. AI researcher Ben Goertzel gave his review. It’s a well-delivered, clear and concise talk, but …

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