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Researchers advance CRISPR-based tool for diagnosing disease

The team that first unveiled the rapid, inexpensive, highly sensitive CRISPR-based diagnostic tool called SHERLOCK has greatly enhanced the tool's power, and has developed a miniature paper test that allows results to be seen with the naked eye — without the need for expensive equipment. The SHERLOCK team developed a simple paper strip to display test results for a single genetic signature, borrowing from the visual cues common in pregnancy …

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Physicists create new form of light

Try a quick experiment: Take two flashlights into a dark room and shine them so that their light beams cross. Notice anything peculiar? The rather anticlimactic answer is, probably not. That's because the individual photons that make up light do not interact. Instead, they simply pass each other by, like indifferent spirits in the night. But what if light particles could be made to interact, attracting and repelling each other like atoms in ordinary matter? One tantalizing, albeit sci-fi possibility: light sabers — …

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FERC Allows Energy Storage to Play in Nationwide Wholesale Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a rule that will open U.S. wholesale energy markets to energy storage on an equal footing with generators and other grid resources. But it hasn't yet figured out how to address the same challenge for distributed energy resources. On Thursday, FERC commissioners unanimously approved the final version of a rule, first proposed in

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Energy Jobs: Moniz Joins Southern Company Board, Moves at ESA, ViZn, Sunverge, Sungrow USA and More

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz returned to MIT at the end of the Obama administration last year to continue working on clean energy and nuclear security. He also became CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and CEO of Energy Futures Initiative, a non-profit energy innovation policy institute. Now, he's taken on another role as

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Eviation Aircraft Planning On Bringing 9-Seat Electric Airplane To Market By 2021, Following Closing Of Battery Supply Agreement With Kokam

Now that the firm has reportedly closed a battery supply agreement with South Korea's Kokam, the electric aviation startup Eviation Aircraft is now aiming to bring its 9-seat electric aircraft to market by 2021, the company's CEO has revealed.

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Global Wind Installations Reach 52.5 Gigawatts In 2017, Brings Total To 539.5 Gigawatts

The global wind energy industry enjoyed another strong year in 2017, installing a total of 52,573 megawatts worth of new wind capacity, increasing the global cumulative installed capacity up to 539,581 megawatts, as "dramatic price drops" exemplify the current state of play around the world.

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January 2018 was fifth warmest January on record

January 2018 was the fifth warmest January in 138 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. It was cooled somewhat by the current La Niña phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Last month was +0.78°C warmer than the average January of the 1951-1980 period. The only months of January warmer than that occurred in 2016 (+1.16°C), 2017 (+0.97°C), 2007 (+0.95°C), and in 2015 (+0.81°C). The East …

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Study: Fragile X syndrome neurons can be restored

Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting one out of every 3,600 boys born. The syndrome can also cause autistic traits, such as social and communication deficits, as well as attention problems and hyperactivity. Currently, there is no cure for this disorder. Fragile X syndrome is caused by mutations in the FMR1 gene on the X chromosome, which prevent the gene's expression. This absence of the FMR1-encoded protein during brain development has been shown to cause the …

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Faraday gets new cash, California vs EPA could be “war,” electric car charging soars: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got half a billion dollars reportedly backing Faraday Future, a possible 'war" between California and Trump's EPA over loosening emission rules, and much more electric-car charging last year. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Struggling electric-car startup Faraday Future reportedly has $1.5 billion of new backing, and plans to...

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Paying Utilities For Performance

In most states with regulated, monopoly utilities, utilities are compensation based on two factors: energy sales and a return on capital spent, such as when they build a new power plant. Although energy efficiency standards have been layered on top of this model, the fundamental incentive for the utility remains “build things, get rewards for shareholders.”

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Energy Dept to award $15 million for very fast electric-car charging

The United States Department of Energy has announced a new funding initiative to accelerate the development of what it calls "Extreme Fast Charging" (XFC) systems. In total, the DoE will award $15 million for the development of electric-car charging systems as well as batteries capable of very fast charging. Each area of interest has specific...

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Why More Flexible Operation Won’t Save U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Technology being used to help nuclear plants cope with renewables in Europe likely wouldn't revive nuclear's flagging fortunes in the U.S., an expert said. Edward Kee, CEO of the Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG), confirmed U.S. regulations and market structure would complicate matters for plant owners wanting to deploy flexible generation technologies like those installed by Areva at the Goesgen plant in Switzerland. Areva's Advanced Load Following Control (ALFC) system, installed this month, …