New gene to make plants heat-tolerant in rising temperatures

With temperatures rising globally, agricultural crops are feeling the stress. Warmer weather can cause a large reduction in crop yield. The Kendal Hirschi Lab at Baylor College of Medicine recently had a patent approved for a gene to make plants more tolerant to higher temperatures. Drs. Kendal Hirschi and Ninghui Cheng discuss the importance of the patent and its environmental impact. […]

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More Efficient, Superfast Charging Lithium Batteries Closer To Markets

With the support of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M University researcher Choongho Yu, professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, and entrepreneurial partner Ranga Vasudevan have successfully launched a lithium-based battery technology startup called Flexodes. “High-energy density and low cost are the two most important […]

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New carnivorous plant must balance trapping prey and being pollinated

Botanists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of British Columbia have discovered a new carnivorous plant in western North America. Triantha occidentalis makes its home in wetlands and bogs from Alaska to California and inland to Montana. In the summer, it shoots up tall flowering stems coated with sticky hairs that trap small insects […]

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COVID-19 During Pregnancy Associated with Preterm Birth

Individuals who contract COVID-19 while pregnant face a higher risk of having a very preterm birth, as well as any preterm birth, according to a large study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Risk of very preterm birth, which occurs at less than 32 weeks of gestation, was 60 percent higher for people infected […]

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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found In The Guts Of Lemurs Who Live Around Humans

Antibiotic resistance, which the CDC calls one of the world’s most urgent public health crises, is now being found in the guts of lemurs, our distant primate cousins. In a new study appearing Aug. 9 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Duke researchers have found evidence for antibiotic resistance in the microbiome of lemurs living […]

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Brain connectivity can build better AI

A new study shows that artificial intelligence networks based on human brain connectivity can perform cognitive tasks efficiently. By examining MRI data from a large Open Science repository, researchers reconstructed a brain connectivity pattern, and applied it to an artificial neural network (ANN). An ANN is a computing system consisting of multiple input and output […]

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US National Labs reach name change agreement with scholarly publishers

The US national laboratories will pursue name change requests with academic publishers on behalf of their researchers. The new agreement means that individual scientists at the national labs who have changed their names will no longer have to negotiate with publishers themselves to update their previously published work. Many academic publishers have recently established name […]

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Letter to my readers

I struggled since childhood with night terrors, about death as an eternal void. My csreer as aging scientist helped me to crack that open, then gain insight through meditation practice. Fear is not helpful. It is the worst motivation for life extension. Joyful living is the best. Fear is just a chenical programmed by evolution […]

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Dry season parasite behaviour could provide new route for malaria treatment

Scientists believe they have cracked the question of how the malaria parasite keeps a low profile in infected people during the dry season in Africa in order to avoid immune attention and trigger outbreaks when the rains and mosquitoes return. The knowledge could open up new ways to combat the disease, which killed 409,000 people, mostly […]

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