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Explainer: CRISPR Gene Editing and How It Works

CRISPR harnesses the natural defence mechanisms of some bacteria to cut human DNA strands. Then the DNA strand either heals itself or we inject new …

Genetics

Monarch is a new platform from surgical robot pioneer Frederic Moll

Auris Health (née Auris Surgical Robots) has done a pretty good job flying under the radar, in spite of raising a massive amount of capital and listing one of the key people behind the da Vinci surgical robot among its founders. With FDA clearance finally out of the way, however, the Redwood …

Cancer

Vertical farms have nailed leafy greens. Next up: tasty peaches

Of the many crops that Matt Barnard has developed, he has a particular fondness for his kale. "If you think about what most people imagine when then …

A new tool uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights by checking prices 17,000 times a day

A new service is trying to exploit legal loopholes to get people cheaper plane tickets by automatically checking flight prices 17,000 times a day.<p>DoNotPay, an automated legal tool, is branching out into helping users book airline tickets, it announced on Monday. It says its services have previously …

Mockups

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Quantum Mechanics

We May Finally Have a Way of Mass Producing Graphene

The Miracle Material for All<p>Hailed as the future’s 2D miracle material, graphene has remarkable applications. Graphene is essentially a one-atom …

Nanotech

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Digital disruption is rocking the payments industry. But merchants, consumers, and the companies that help move money …

FinTech
Startups

Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Could the next big thing in alternative proteins be a something tiny and green?<p>Several companies see a bright future for plant protein, and for microalgae in particular. But whether this attractive protein source can muscle out a place for itself against heavyweights like soy and pea is an open …

Biofuel

‘How a bee sting saved my life’

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.<p>They were in my hair, in my head, all I heard was this crazy buzzing<p>Ellie Lobel was 27 when she was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme disease. And she was not yet 45 when she decided to …

Immune System

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

Tesla will source battery materials from North America exclusively

There is no such thing as a truly green car.<p>All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to recycle–the components that can be recycled, at least.<p>To mitigate such pollution issues and increase supply chain transparency, Tesla …

The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new piece of technology is aiming to offer an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it's nothing to pooh-pooh.<p>For the 2.5 billion people in the world with no access to modern sanitation and at risk for all sorts of related …

sequester

The Garbage Man

Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.<p>In December 2001, American environmental activist Jim Puckett traveled to the town of Guiyu in southeast China to look for old computers. He’d learned that electronic waste from the West was finding its way to Guiyu, and the …

Pollution

From moonlight to the microwave: your science questions answered

That's not a silvery mirror in the night sky, and there's a reason why the sea isn't even saltier. Plus, can soaking in a hot bath affect male fertility, and how spinning electrons cook your dinner<p><b>Q How does the moon shine; what causes the reflection and how?</b> asks Manish Kunwar<p>A As Professor Manuel …

The ideal gas law – why bubbles expand if you heat them

Pressure, temperature, volume and the number of particles of a gas can help predict how it will behave<p>Think of a cake. When you put it in the oven, it starts off at a particular volume and then, an hour later, it has risen to perhaps double its size. It is obvious what has happened – the air …