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Kickstarter Support For Sustainable Lighting Using Glowing Plants
2013-05-08 04:44:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A project to use glowing plants to create sustainable light sources has generated a flurry of interest and financial support on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. With 30 days yet to go, the Glowing Plant initiative has already raised more than a quarter million dollars — far surpassing its initial goal of $65,000 — from more than 4,500 backers, each of which are promised seeds for glowing plants in exchange for their...

2013-05-01 10:38:27

Update to synthetic biology map identifies new activity across the globe The number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013, according to the latest version of an interactive map produced by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Synthetic biology, an area of research focused on the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, or the...

2013-04-03 12:57:13

What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new dialogue between members of the synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation communities, say Kent Redford of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Archipelago Consulting; Bill Adams of the University of Cambridge; and Georgina Mace of University College London (UCL) in a new paper published 2 April...

Stanford Researchers Create A Biological Computer
2013-03-31 05:48:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Stanford University have developed a basic computer using genetic material, according to a report in the journal Science. The team said that the tiny biological transistors they have developed could potentially revolutionize medicine in the future. "We're going to be able to put computers into any living cell you want," lead author Drew Endy explained to the San Jose Mercury News. "We're not going to replace the...

2013-03-14 17:21:13

Predictability is often used synonymously with “boring,” as in that story or that outcome was so predictable. For practitioners of synthetic biology seeking to engineer valuable new microbes, however, predictability is the brass ring that must be captured. Researchers with the multi-institutional partnership known as BIOFAB have become the first to grab at least a portion of this ring by unveiling a package of public domain DNA sequences and statistical models that greatly...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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