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Nobel Prize: two women scientists share chemistry prize for the first time for work on ‘genetic scissors’

Emmanuelle Charpentier (L) and Jennifer Doudna (R). J.L. Cereijido/EPA

Kalpana Surendranath, University of Westminster Emmanuelle Charpentier, director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Germany, and Jennifer Doudna, professor of biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, US, are the joint winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 for the development of a precise method of editing genomes. This is the first time two female scientists …

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Neuronlike circuits bring brainlike computers a step closer

Brainlike computer chips promise powerful computers that use little energy. D3Damon/E+ via Getty Images

Brainlike computer chips promise powerful computers that use little energy. D3Damon/E+ via Getty Images R. Stanley Williams, Texas A&M University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea For the first time, my colleagues and I have built a single electronic device that is capable of copying the functions of neuron cells in a …

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Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on

Working together to figure out where to eat. Cheyenne Montgomery/Moment via Getty Images

Working together to figure out where to eat. Cheyenne Montgomery/Moment via Getty Images Chelsea Cook, Marquette University When you try to pick a restaurant with a group of friends, how do you decide? Your curious friend wants to try the new place, while your focused friend wants to go to the old faithful. One friend is insistent, while the other …

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Fossil tracks reveal which birds once roamed South Africa’s Cape south coast

These fossil trackways resemble the tracks left by flamingos today, but are bigger. Just above the scale bar one can see (more faintly) the ‘tramline traces’ made by the ancient birds’ stomping action. Charles Helm

These fossil trackways resemble the tracks left by flamingos today, but are bigger. Just above the scale bar one can see (more faintly) the ‘tramline traces’ made by the ancient birds’ stomping action. Charles Helm Charles Helm, Nelson Mandela University If you visit a particular stretch of South Africa’s Cape South coast, about 400km east of Cape Town, you are …

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ثلاث رحلاتٍ جريئة تنطلق نحو الكوكب الأحمر

الولايات المتحدة، والصين، والإمارات العربية المتحدة يطلقون رحلات استكشافية رائدة إلى كوكب المريخ، المعروف بخطورته على البعثات الفضائية. ألكساندرا ويتزي، وسمريتي مالاباتي، وإليزابيث جيبني Nature (2020) doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01861-0 English article   المركبة الجوالة الأمريكية “بيرسيفيرانس” سوف تهبط في “فوّهة جيزيرو” على كوكب المريخ (محددة بدائرة صفراء).  Emily Lakdawalla/ISRO/ISSDC شهد العالم خلال شهر يوليو الماضي انطلاق ثلاث مركبات فضائية صاروخية صوبَ المريخ. إذ …

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