Scientists trace neutrino's 3.7B-year journey | Biotech ryegrass trial in New Zealand yields positive results | CRISPR-edited cancer cells target tumors then self-destruct
July 13, 2018
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Scientists trace neutrino's 3.7B-year journey
Subatomic particles known as neutrinos travel in a straight line from their cataclysmic origins and don't interact with other particles, making them extremely difficult to detect. Now a neutrino observatory in Antarctica has detected a particular neutrino, and with the help of NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, has succeeded in tracing the particle's origin to a blazar 3.7 billion years ago.
New Atlas (7/13) 
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Webinar: How to Identify 3D Printing Opportunities in Your Workplace
In this 20-minute on-demand program, Daniel Leong, lead content engineer at Markforged, reports on key strategies to help you find 3D printing opportunities on your factory floor, so you can do your job better, faster and more cost effectively. Register now
Spotlight on Biotechnology
Biotech ryegrass trial in New Zealand yields positive results
New Zealand researchers reported their biotech ryegrass grew up to 50% faster than traditional ryegrass, was more resistant to drought, improved animal growth through increased energy storage, led to a reduction in livestock methane production of up to 23% and is predicted to lower urinary nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions.
Stuff (New Zealand) (7/12) 
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CRISPR-edited cancer cells target tumors then self-destruct
Cancer cells can be altered with gene editing to target tumor cells and then self-destruct, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine. "The new twist here is the use of CRISPR-based technology to add resistance or sensitivity features to the parental cells," says cancer biologist Renata Pasqualini.
Science News (7/11) 
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World Economic Forum recognizes Modern Meadow for its biobased leather
New Jersey-based biotechnology firm Modern Meadow has been recognized by the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2018 for creating Zoa, a biobased leather. The biotech company engineered a material featuring bio-derived collagen, made by using naturally occurring yeast and DNA manipulation.
Bio-Based World News (7/9) 
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Trial of prosthetics using 3D printing shows promise
Limbs created using 3D printing are part of a trial conducted by the nonprofit Humanity & Inclusion to reach amputees in Africa who may have limited access to prosthetics. The trial includes 19 participants, and the 3D-printed sockets were found to work well and remove the need for multiple fittings, officials with the nonprofit say.
ZDNet (7/9) 
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Innovations & Trends
Bricklaying robot on the job at Ala. performing arts center project
The construction of the foundation for a $70 million performing arts center at Auburn University in Alabama is getting a hand from a bricklaying robot. It can lay approximately 3,000 bricks per day, and subcontractor C&C Masonry learned about it at the World of Concrete event in Las Vegas.
Construction Dive (7/11) 
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Md. school holds after-school STEM events
Md. school holds after-school STEM events
A Maryland middle school holds monthly after-school events aimed at introducing students to science, technology, engineering and math concepts in creative ways. In this blog post, Alessandra King, a math coordinator at the school, writes that past events have included a math treasure hunt, weaving and making binary bracelets.
Edutopia online (7/11) 
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Leadership & Development
What to do when you're feeling anxious
Dealing with persistently high anxiety levels may require intervention from a doctor, but moderate anxiety may be useful in certain circumstances. Think about what is causing the anxiety, confront the issue and reframe your thoughts, experts advise.
Fast Company online (7/11) 
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Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver, but less daring.
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