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Sustainability – News and Features


Researchers Dissect How Fluctuating Energy Sources Drive Microbial Bioproduction

In the work of biomanufacturing, tanks of microbes are fine-tuned to produce compounds that can be used as carbon-neutral fuels, chemicals, materials and medicines, but researchers are still learning the basics of how to turbo charge for production.
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New Advance in Biodegradable Electronics Allows Scientists To Control Dissolve Rate

Researchers have developed the ability to control the dissolve rate of these biodegradable electronics by experimenting with dissolvable elements, like inorganic fillers and polymers, that encapsulate the device.
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Scientists Probe Chilling Behavior of Promising Solid-State Cooling Material

By bridging a knowledge gap in atomic-scale heat motion, researchers could advance an emerging solid-state cooling technology.
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Zinc Could Help Boost Legume Yields

A new study has shown how zinc plays a pivotal role in the plant response to abiotic stress, a discovery that could help researchers boost legume yields.
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LEAF Promotes Greener Laboratory Practices

In this article, we explore the importance of LEAF and how the choice of equipment – together with better habits – can significantly contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for laboratories.
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How Algae Microrobots Could Tackle Inflammatory Bowel Disease

University of California San Diego (UCSD) researchers have developed algae-based “microrobots” that reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms in mouse models.
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New Technology Enhances Cost-Effective Genome Editing for Sustainable Farming

The TATSI technology takes advantage of over two billion years of evolution of plant transposable elements, which naturally function as honed molecular machines to insert DNA into the genome.
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A Cutting-Edge Approach to Bacterial DNA Manipulation

A team led by the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg has now introduced a novel approach that can make many more bacteria amenable to genetic engineering.
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Discovery of a New Genetic Regulator in Legumes

A genetic “off switch” that shuts down the process in which legume plants convert atmospheric nitrogen into nutrients has been identified for the first time by a team of international scientists, led by La Trobe University researchers.
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Simple New Process Stores CO2 in Concrete Without Compromising Strength

Engineers develop concrete made with carbonated solution to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from atmosphere. Resulting concrete is just as strong and durable as regular concrete.