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Primary Research: Redesigning Life

  Redesigning Life: The Quest for Synthetic Yeast By Rahul Sharma Through the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 (Sc2.0) project, researchers are attempting to create a completely synthetic version of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) genome. This will be the first attempt to create a eukaryotic organism (an organism whose cells have …

The pilot power plant where Virbin's research is being conducted. Photo by Prashant Ranganath.

Primary Research: Capture the Carbon

Capture the Carbon: Decreasing CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants By Virbin Nath A. Sapkota Coal fired power plants produce more than a third of the nation’s electricity (1), but because they also produce 32% of America’s CO2 emissions (2), they contribute significantly to global climate change. In the short term, …

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Summer 2015: Symmetry

LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS A NOTE ON OUR SUMMER THEME: SYMMETRY BY AMIR BITRAN NOTHING HERALDS LATE SUMMER in New England quite like …

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Toward a Regulation Revolution

“Increasing the minimum number of required studies may be the shift we need to make antidepressants on the market safe and effective. If a drug is rushed to become profitable at the cost of reduced efficacy, the medicine’s true purpose is lost along the fast track to approval.”

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The Internal Asymmetry of the Human Body

“Understanding the internal order of the human body can help explain the determinants of organ-related structural diseases, which in turn can lead to better healthcare and, potentially, more effective treatment.”

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Matter Outdoes AntiMatter

“…researchers have provided a mechanism to help explain how the initial symmetry between matter and antimatter particles in the early universe was replaced by the asymmetry we observe today.”

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Can We Redirect the Arrow of Time?

“Very few have figured out how to undo the effects of reactions that have progressed to a low entropy state. One exception is a team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, the University of Western Australia and Flinders University, who have found a way to flip the direction of time’s arrow: they have unboiled an egg.”