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New Protective Coating may help Develop New Renewable Source of Energy

New Protective Coating may help Develop New Renewable Source of Energy

Researchers have developed an electrically conductive film that can aid devices having the ability to use sunlight and split water into hydrogen fuel.

Study’s co-author Nathan Lewis of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said, “We have developed a new type of protective coating that enables a key process in the solar-driven production of fuels to be performed with record efficiency, stability and effectiveness”.

USDA approves GM Apple

USDA approves GM Apple

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved America's first genetically-modified apple. As per reports, these apples don’t turn brown after they are cut. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has engineered these apples.

The USDA examined whether the apple trees would become a threat for other plants and agriculture in the United States, before approval.

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Technique to enable Widespread Use of GMOs developed

Technique to enable Widespread Use of GMOs developed

Researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the field of synthetic biology. A year ago, researchers created organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living organism. Now, two teams of scientists have created bacteria that rely on manmade chemical for survival, paving the way for wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Scientists develop improved method to produce genetically modified bacteria

Scientists develop improved method to produce genetically modified bacteria

Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities have developed genetically engineered bacteria whose very survival depends on lab-formulated amino acids.

The altered bacteria are called as ‘genetically recoded organisms”, or GROs. They were described in a pair of studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They contain new kind of genetic code that can only thrive when they are fed with synthetic amino acids.

Humans may cause Next Disaster

The film Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink tells that what scientists have understood about two cataclysmic events that extinguished almost every plant and animal on earth and increasing concerns that humans might cause the next disaster.  The film's executive producer is evolutionary biologist Sean B Carroll and also runs a lab at UW-Madison. According to Carroll, as scientists came to know more about what it takes to turn the world's ecosystems topsy-turvy, particularly at the time of the dinosaurs calle

The film Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink tells that what scientists have understood about two cataclysmic events that extinguished almost every plant and animal on earth and increasing concerns that humans might cause the next disaster.

Paul Austin to be New Chief Ranger for Glacier National Park

Paul Austin to be New Chief Ranger for Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana has found its new chief ranger. According to reports confirmed by authorities, Paul Austin will be new chief ranger for the national park. Currently, Austin is working as chief ranger at Arizona's Saguaro National Park. He will begin his duties at Glacier National Park in mid-December.

New York State’s Ash Trees at Risk of getting Infested by Beetle

New York State’s Ash Trees at Risk of getting Infested by Beetle

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York state's ash trees are facing serious danger of being infested by a small green beetle, the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB).

The species is native to Asia and Russia and it first arrived in the US in 2002. Presently, it is found in 24 New York counties and the presence in Westchester and Broome counties was confirmed on November 3, five years after it first came in New York.

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

According to new research, the global climate models have largely underestimated the amount of CO2 that is being absorbed by plants.

In this new study, the scientists have revealed that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than what has been previously thought of.

All the details related to this research have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Caveman Diet Comprised of Tiger Nuts: Study

Caveman Diet Comprised of Tiger Nuts: Study

An array of diets can be found on internet that claims to make people more powerful and healthier. One of such diets is caveman diet. This type of diet used to prevail in the Paleolithic period and generally comprised of nuts, berries and read meat.

But a novel research carried out by a group of researchers from Oxford University has revealed that reads meat was not part of the diet at that time. Some 2.4 million years ago, people survived on tiger nuts.

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Researchers Discover Fossilized Record of Reproduction

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Researchers have staggered across a 100-million-year old piece of amber. This may be the oldest proof of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant.

The fossilized evidence of reproduction was found by researchers from Oregon State University. A bunch of 18 tiny flowers is readily visible and are enclosed within amber surroundings. The 18 small flowers include the one that was in the process of manufacturing completely new seeds.

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