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The future of carbon: capture, storage, sequestration, re-use

Photo by Sander Weeteling on Unsplash, CC0

Nada Salem and Zahra Nasser, Chemistry editors The world is on fire. From British Columbia to Greece, the growing effects […]

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What does Jane Krakowski have to do with stem cells?

Screen shot from NYSCF’s virtual event On October 5th, 2021, the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) hosted its Annual Gala and Science Fair, Show Up for Science. Founded in 2005, NYSCF has been focusing on accelerating the development of new therapies and technologies for treating major diseases. This year, due to COVID-19, the Gala was hosted online by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN. The virtual event showcased to donors their stem…

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Humpback whale males escort females giving birth, but it can get chaotic

As if giving birth was not hard enough, when you are trying to push a 1.5-tons baby out of your womb, having to deal with hormone-triggered males adds another level of stress to a humpback whale in labor. Indeed, a new study published this September detailed six previously un-published humpback whale birth events. In most cases, the humpback mom was surrounded by other “escorts,” aka. other adult whales keeping close to her at all times.…

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World CRISPR Day on October 20, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PDT

H/t to rapper Baba Brinkman (born in Canada and based in New York City) for the tweet/retweet about his upcoming appearance at World CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats) Day on October 20, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PDT, Baba Brinkman @BabaBrinkmanTrue facts! I’ve been working with incredible #CRISPR innovator @Synthego and the @EventRapInc team, and tomorrow is #WorldCRISPRDay! Look for new DNA-themed videos and streamed performances all day from @HilaTheKilla, @CoreyJGray, @ZEPS,…

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#589 Damsels and Dragons

We sit down for a whirlwind tour of the entomological world of dragonflies and damselflies with Evolutionary Biologist Dr Jessica Ware, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. We get a crash-course in what makes these insects unique, how they fly, their life-cycles, and theories for how they got so colourful. And we talk about the importance of diversity in science and entomology, and how EntoPOC helps by providing POC…

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Rapid formation of micro- and nanoplastics in the environment

Image: Nora Meides. A June 18, 2021 news item on announces the results of research into how materials made of plastic break down into micro- and nanoplastic particles in the environment, Most microplastic particles in the environment originate from larger pieces of plastic. In a long-term study, an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Bayreuth has simulated how quickly plastic breaks down into fragments under natural influences. High-tech laboratory tests on polystyrene show…

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