New CRISPR enzyme mutation proves almost 100 times more precise

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system is an extremely powerful tool, but off-target edits can have serious consequences. Now, researchers have found a mutation of the CRISPR enzyme that’s almost 100 times more precise than the most commonly used one.

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Scattering rock dust on crops could soak up billions of tons of CO2

A new study out of the University of Sheffield makes a case for a geoengineering technique known as enhanced rock weathering, which essentially involves supercharging soil’s ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere by sprinkling it with rock dust.

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Lifetime of lithium-ion batteries boosted by new cathode coating

Despite advances in new battery designs, good old lithium-ion batteries are still the frontrunner. There’s plenty of room for improvement though, and now researchers have identified a new cathode coating that could make them safer and longer lasting.

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Boron nitiride catalyst destroys toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”

Rice University researchers have happened upon a powerful new tool they say can neutralize the threat posed by dangerous pollutants known as "forever" chemicals, offering a new catalyst that can destroy them in a matter of hours.

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Zaps of electricity clean up wastewater from biofuel production

Making biofuel from algae is showing promise as a green energy source, but it does create large amounts of toxic wastewater. Now, researchers in Australia have found a way to clean up that wastewater, with a simple and scalable electrical process.

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Injection of nanoparticle-based retina restores vision to blind rats

Impressive new work has demonstrated a potential way to restore vision in those suffering from degenerative diseases of the retina. A single injection of nanoparticles was found to create a working artificial retina, restoring vision to blind rats.

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Giant dinosaurs may have evolved from tiny insect eaters

Research led by scientists associated with the American Museum of Natural History suggests that dinosaurs and pterosaurs descended of a very tiny ancestor, shedding light on how the characteristics of dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs evolved.

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Fractal void cubes could make for better shock-dissipating armor

Researchers at LANL have hit upon a microstructure with impressive shock absorption. The team 3D-printed cubes with fractal void patterns inside them, which could be a useful structure for new materials in helmets, armor and other protective items.

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Fireworks leave toxic metals lingering in the air, study finds

Fireworks are a surefire way to create a spectacle of color and light, but research has revealed these dazzling displays could pose a health risk by releasing a range of harmful toxins that can linger in the air once the lights go out.

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Hubble and ALMA mosaic captures stellar fireworks of star formation

Astronomers are celebrating the 4th of July weekend by releasing a new image of some cosmic fireworks. The spectacular shot is made up of a mosaic of radio and infrared images, showing a cluster of young stars exploding into life.

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