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Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from a new promising feedstock
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Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from a new promising feedstock

18.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane. Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS), funded by the Advanced...

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Changing a flowers color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool
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Changing a flowers color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool

15.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

It often takes years of careful cross-breeding for horticulturalists to turn flowers certain colors, but scientists can dig right in and change them at a genetic level much faster. Using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, scientists have changed the flowers of the Japanese morning glory from its usual violet color to a pure white, by disrupting a...

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Nanogenerators could turn our veins into blood flow power plants
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Nanogenerators could turn our veins into blood flow power plants

13.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

Humans have been harnessing the power of flowing water for thousands of years, but scaling the concept down to a size small enough to turn our veins into tiny power plants is something else altogether. Using principles similar to those deployed in large hydroelectric power plants, a team of Chinese researchers has developed a tiny nanogenerator...

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First detailed decoding of complex finger millet genome
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First detailed decoding of complex finger millet genome

11.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

Finger millet has two important properties: The grain is rich in important minerals and resistant towards drought and heat. Thanks to a novel combination of state-of-the-art technologies, researchers at the University of Zurich were able to decode the large and extremely complex genome of finger millet in high quality for the first time. This...

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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds
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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

8.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds – more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is an innovative handheld instrument that gives surgeons precise...

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Eat a purple potato if you know what\'s good for you

6.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

Israeli scientists synthesize healthier potatoes and tomatoes in brilliant colors. The technology can also produce unusually hued ornamental flowers. Are you ready for violet-colored potatoes? How about orange tobacco? Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have figured out how produce betalain pigments in plants and flowers that...

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Magic enzymes in magic mushrooms analyzed

4.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

For centuries, Central American cultures considered Psilocybe mushrooms to be divine and used them for spiritual purposes. More recently, they have been called magic mushrooms and used for their hallucinogenic effects. These mushroom drugs may soon also be in use as pharmaceuticals that treat the existential anxiety of advanced-stage cancer...

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Scientists use brewery waste to grow yeast needed for beer making
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Scientists use brewery waste to grow yeast needed for beer making

1.9.2017   |   Press monitoring

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have invented a new process to turn spent brewery grains into a valuable product that can grow beer yeast. In beer making, yeast is the key ingredient for fermentation, a process where sugars from the grains are converted into alcohol. The beer brewing process thus needs...

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Nanomachines drill holes into cancer cells

30.8.2017   |   Press monitoring

Someday doctors may use nanomachines to puncture cancer cells. The new machines are so tiny, at just a nanometer wide, that 50,000 of them could be lined up across the width of a human hair. Although the nanodrillers bear no physical resemblance to a machine we would recognize, the molecules strung together by chemists run like an electric motor....

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Sugars in human mother\'s milk are new class of antibacterial agents
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Sugars in human mother\'s milk are new class of antibacterial agents

28.8.2017   |   Press monitoring

Mother's milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections. In the past, scientists have concentrated their search for the source of its antibacterial properties on the proteins it contains. However, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and doctors at...

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