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Neutron stars collide, solve major astronomical mysteries

NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet We’ve been extremely lucky. The LIGO and VIRGO detectors only operated simultaneously for a few weeks, but they were a remarkably busy few weeks. Today, those behind the joint collaboration announced that they’ve observed the merger of two neutron stars. And, because neutron stars don’t swallow everything they encounter, the gravitational […]

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The E in E. coli now stands for electronics

Enlarge / Synthetic biology (artist’s conception). Synthetic biology—our attempt to engineer living organisms—has put a lot of effort into making genetic circuitry mimic what we do in silicon. Logical gates, amplifiers, and more have all been implemented using DNA and proteins. While these feats of genetic engineering have been impressive, how we’d put these genetic […]

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In killing the Clean Power Plan, EPA wants a narrow Clean Air Act

Enlarge / EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. As expected, the Trump administration has launched the process of eliminating its predecessor’s Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit carbon emissions from the electric grid. But what was less expected is the reason the EPA is giving for doing so. It’s declaring the Obama administration’s approach inconsistent with the […]