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  • Genes or Junk: Measuring the Functional Genome MacKellar Figure 1In 2001, scientists published a (mostly) complete sequence of the human genome, the DNA that's spread over our 23 chromosomes and contains the information that dictates the function of our cells and the development of our bodies .  Over a decade later, the public still wonders what all of that information means.  And so do…
  • Light-Powered Construction of Valuable Molecules from Simple Chemical Building Blocks R.Kennedy_Figure 4Two groups of researchers have recently reported a new light-powered method in which readily available chemical building blocks are coupled to produce useful complex molecules that cannot be easily found or made. Because these metal-catalyzed reactions require only visible light and mild conditions, they could be incredibly useful new methods for the cheap and environmentally…
  • What can funding for ALS research do? A recent study reports a new therapeutic target "Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (14927191426)" by slgckgc - Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0Who would have guessed that pouring ice water on one’s head would lead to $94.3 million in donations (and counting) to fund Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research? Well it did. And it’s a great thing – ALS is a devastating neurodegenerative disease in which progressive death of motor neurons causes debilitating and eventually fatal paralysis.…
  • Craters in Siberia – A Cause for Concern? Siberian landscape from spaceLarge quantities of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane are trapped within and beneath polar permafrost, the layer of frozen ground that has not thawed for millennia. But this ground is now becoming destabilized as warmer temperatures due to a changing climate are causing the permafrost to melt, releasing the trapped…
  • Space Faring Plankton: Fact or Fiction? Plankton, similar to those that have allegedly been found on the surface of the International Space Station.From Scientists find traces of sea plankton on ISS surface A recent article published by the Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS has made the unlikely claim that plankton, microscopic organisms typically found in the earth's oceans, have been found on the surface of the International Space Station. These space faring plankton wouldn't be the first microorganisms…
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