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New workflow for annotating genomes will help both researchers and undergraduate students

As genome sequencing becomes cheaper and faster, resulting in an exponential increase in data, the need for efficiency in predicting gene function is growing, as is the need to train the next generation of scientists in bioinformatics. Researchers in the lab of Lukas Mueller, a faculty member of the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), have developed […]

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Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption

Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics. If you put a teapot of boiling water on the kitchen table, it […]

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Data mining digs up hidden clues to major California earthquake triggers

A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust. A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the […]

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Scientists restore some functions in a pig’s brain hours after death

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, a finding that challenges long-held assumptions about the timing and irreversible nature of the cessation of some brain functions after death, Yale scientists report April 18 in the journal Nature. The brain of a postmortem pig obtained from a meatpacking […]

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Urine salts reveal timing and scale of Neolithic Revolution at Turkish site

The transition from hunting and gathering to farming and herding is considered a crucial turning point in the history of humanity. Scholars think the intensive food production that came along with the Neolithic Revolution, starting around 10,000 B.C., allowed cities to grow, led to technological innovation and, eventually, enabled life as we know it today. […]

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A genetic and computational analysis of birds suggests that the Andean and Atlantic tropical forests, which are now almost a thousand kilometers apart, were connected via the Cerrado in the distant past

The tropical forests of the Andes and Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest biome are separated by almost 1,000 km of drier areas with open vegetation in the Chaco, Cerrado (Brazilian savanna), and Caatinga (Brazilian semiarid) biomes. Today, these tropical forests are not connected, but the fact that they share closely related species and lineages suggests that these […]

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Bacterial therapy in a dish

Engineering bacteria to intelligently sense and respond to disease states, from infections to cancer, has become a promising focus of synthetic biology. Rapid advances in genetic engineering tools have enabled researchers to “program” cells to perform various sophisticated tasks. For example, a network of genes can be wired together to form a genetic circuit in […]

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DPM rejects retaining 240 constituencies

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said the number of electoral constituencies will be determined in accordance with the constitutional provision. Talking to reporters in Ghorahi of Dang on Saturday, DPM Mahara ruled out the possibility of adopting the same electoral constituencies as in the two Constituent Assembly polls. […]

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Six parties registered with EC

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday registered six parties, including the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and Sajha Party. With the registration of six new parties, the total number of political forces registered with the EC has reached 130. The RJP-N had applied for party registration a week ago. The RJP-N earlier was protesting against the local […]

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Flight accident in Dubai

Emirates Flight 521 is a scheduled international passenger flight from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates,[5] operated by Emirates using a Boeing 777-300.[6] On 3 August 2016, the aircraft carrying 282 passengers[7] and 18 crew[8] crashed while landing at Dubai International Airport, at approximately 12:45 local time.[9][10] All 300 people on board survived the […]