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  • Light Offers New Way to Control Cell Biology

    Light Offers New Way to Control Cell Biology

    Via R&D Magazine : Biochemists have seen the light in developing a new way to control biology at the cellular level. Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a tool called a photocleavable protein that breaks into two pieces when exposed to light, allowing scientists to study and manipulate activity […]

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    Are Archaeologists Legitimate Treasure Hunters?

    Via Huffington Post : It rains a lot in the Carpathian Mountains. You can see the storm clouds roll over the top of the hills, threatening any fair-weather archaeologists in the valley where Sarmisegetuza is nestled, far below. Unfortunately, on several occasions I was part of that group of fair-weather archaeologists. […]

  • The chemistry of chocolate

    The chemistry of chocolate

    Via Varsity : Zi Ran Shen explores the sweet taste of crystallography Those who know me well have often been treated to my impassioned speech about how overwhelmingly sweet chocolates are. I’ve often refused chocolate desserts, ice-cream, and confectionery, citing my boredom with their overuse while choosing their fruity counterpart. Though […]

  • Biology team makes breakthrough in synthetic yeast project

    Biology team makes breakthrough in synthetic yeast project

    Via The Telegraph : The technology sector, with its international focus, was a vocal advocate for Britain staying in the European Union. But, in defiance of the widespread concerns, the industry has been thriving in the wake of the decision to leave with investment and expansion thriving. Whether the picture will […]

  • Chinese scientists create 4 synthetic yeast chromosomes

    Chinese scientists create 4 synthetic yeast chromosomes

    Via XinHuaNet : BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese scientists have assembled four synthetic yeast chromosomes, making China the second country capable of designing and building eukaryotic genomes following the United States. The findings were published in Friday’s edition of journal Science, marking a step closer to building synthetic life. In […]

  • Paying with Your Face

    Paying with Your Face

    Via MIT Technology Review : Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow? Shortly after walking through the door at Face++, a Chinese startup valued at roughly a billion dollars, I see my face, unshaven and looking a bit jet-lagged, […]

  • Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

    Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

    Via NPR : The alliance between science and state is ancient. Archimedes, the great Greek mathematician and inventor, designed weapons to protect the city of Syracuse from attacking Roman fleets. For thousands of years, blacksmiths developed new, more powerful alloys to make arrows and swords for their king’s army. Scientific knowledge, […]