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Gene-editing technology is Science magazine’s 2015 ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

Gene-editing technology is Science magazine’s 2015 ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

The 2015 ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ has been unveiled by Science magazine and a gene-editing technology is the winner. According to experts, the technology is going to change life as it potentially will be revolutionizing basic science, medicine and agriculture.

With the help of the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, derived from a bacterial protein, scientists can alter, cut and paste particular portions of DNA. This would offer a path to fresh genetic diseases’ treatments or cures.

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Over-prescription of opioid painkillers is being driven by large number of general practitioners, find researchers

Over-prescription of opioid painkillers is being driven by large number of general practitioners, find researchers

In a new study, researchers have discovered that opioid painkillers’ overprescription is being driven by a huge number of general practitioners, not by specialists or ‘pill mill’ operations as suggested by many.

Conducted at Stanford University, the study has contradicted theories and efforts spanning many years to close down the corrupt clinics that have been giving the drugs out to everybody asking out for them.

Graphene could be used to create fuel-free spacecraft

Graphene could be used to create fuel-free spacecraft

According to researchers, graphene could be used to create fuel-free spacecraft that works using sunlight. As per reports, these sheets of carbon one atom thick can convert light into action and this could be the foundation of a fuel-free spacecraft. Flat structure of graphene is quite strong; it is a very good conductor of electricity and heat.

Chemistry Teacher Suffers First and Second-Degree Burns While Conducting Experiment

Chemistry Teacher Suffers First and Second-Degree Burns While Conducting Experiment

At the time of conducting experiment on Wednesday, a chemistry teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns. According to officials, Silja Paymer was conducting a demonstration in front of class at Palo Alto High School when a chemical reaction led to a fire and her clothes and hair caught fire.

Tampons provide a Way to Detect Sewage Leaks

Tampons provide a Way to Detect Sewage Leaks

Researchers have devised a new way to detect sewage leaks. They placed tampons in 16 surface water sewers and retrieved them after 3 days. After this, they tested them under UV light. The research team successfully detected grey water contamination. They also determined a positive and negative result for clean water.

The researchers explained that the natural, untreated cotton in tampons readily absorbs chemical commonly used in toilet paper, laundry detergents and shampoos. Known as optical brighteners, these chemicals enhance whites and brighten colors.

Defective Graphene structure could improve Fuel Cells

Defective Graphene structure could improve Fuel Cells

A new research conducted by researchers from Northwestern University has found that introducing flaws into graphene used in fuel cells could improve the cells and even make them more efficient.

According to the researchers, the research project has solved the problem which usually occurs in fuel cell technology. In the currently used fuel cell technology, the problem occurs while separating protons from hydrogen. While conducting the research, the researchers used a single layer graphene and water, which allowed protons to move from one side to the other.

Man arrested for leaving Backpack Meth Lab inside Wal-Mart Bathroom

Man arrested for leaving Backpack Meth Lab inside Wal-Mart Bathroom

On Monday night, the Pendleton District Meth Suppression team arrested a man suspected of leaving a backpack meth lab inside a Muncie Wal-Mart last week. According to reports, the backpack was left inside the Walmart bathroom.

The man, Tyler Armstrong, was arrested by the squad at the Taco Bell on South Madison Street in Muncie. As per police, the 25-year-old man tried to resist the officers, but was arrested and taken into custody for further investigation. The man has also been charged for resisting law enforcement, the police further stated.

It’s Possible to control Edge Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons

It’s Possible to control Edge Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons

Researchers have revealed through a new study that it is possible to control the edge properties of graphene nanoribbons by gaining control over the conditions under which the nanoribbons are pulled apart. The study was aimed at understanding how graphene nanoribbons can be fractured to get the edges they require for applications.

Doomsday Clock moved to Three Minutes to Midnight

Doomsday Clock moved to Three Minutes to Midnight

A nontechnical online magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has moved the hands of its Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight. It could mean that the world is closer to the end. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs people about issues related to the dangers posed by nuclear, climate change, emerging technologies and diseases.

Graphene is Stronger than Steel or Kevlar: Research

Graphene is Stronger than Steel or Kevlar: Research

A research by scientists from Rice University and the University of Massachusetts shows that the impact of a bullet could be resisted better by bulletproof vests made out of graphene than those made from steel or Kevlar. The research has been published in the journal Science.

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