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Article ID: 689885

‘Chameleon’ Ocean Bacteria Can Shift Their Colours

University of Warwick

Cyanobacteria - which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life – can shift their colour like chameleons to match different coloured light across the world’s seas, according to research by an international collaboration including the University of Warwick.The researchers have shown that Synechococcus cyanobacteria – which use light to capture carbon dioxide from the air and produce energy for the marine food chain – contain specific genes which alters their pigmentation depending on the type of light in which they float, allowing them to adapt and thrive in any part of the world’s oceans.

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Article ID: 689846

Brain Size of Human Ancestors Evolved Gradually Over 3 Million Years

University of Chicago Medical Center

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that average brain size increased gradually and consistently over the past three million years.

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Article ID: 689881

Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

University of California San Diego

The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. The researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley developed a method that dramatically improves the way computers simulate fur, and more specifically, the way light bounces within an animal’s pelt.

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Article ID: 689844

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires

University of California San Diego

Two University of California San Diego projects, along with a complementary University of Nevada, Reno project, have been selected as recipients of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications in recognition of work advancing IT and telecommunications technologies to help minimize potential damage caused by wildfires.

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20-Feb-2018 4:15 PM EST
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Article ID: 689873

Benson Hill Biosystems Receives Patent for Novel CRISPR Technology

Benson Hill Biosystems

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company, has been granted a patent for its portfolio of genome editing nucleases. Benson Hill empowers companies across the agri-food value chain with a fully enabling genome editing system to tap natural genetic diversity as a source of differentiation in product development.

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Article ID: 689862

Tracking Traffic in the Divided World of a Nerve Cell

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Axonal and dendritic proteins embedded in the membrane at either end – called transmembrane proteins – are built in the same cellular factory and travel on the same cellular highway. But for the cell to function property, they must be delivered to the correct domain. So how does the cell regulate that voyage?

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20-Feb-2018 4:00 PM EST
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Hyperloop System in the D.C. Region Would Help Solve Urban Transportation Needs, Says Expert

Virginia Tech

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20-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 689709

Squeezing Into the Best Shape

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Gel uses nanoparticles for on-demand control of droplet shapes, of interest for energy storage and catalysis.

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20-Feb-2018 3:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 689753

As Climate Changes, So Could the Genes of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

University of Notre Dame

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame warn climate change can not only influence the geographic distribution of a species in response to changing conditions — it could also affect the evolutionary trajectories of interbreeding species.

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20-Feb-2018 2:45 PM EST
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