This is a schematic of a solar-powered electrolysis cell which converts carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon and oxygenate products with an efficiency far higher than natural photosynthesis. Power-matching electronics allow the system to operate over a range of sun conditions. Credit: Clarissa Towle/Berkeley Lab Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)

Using CRISPR to create different sets of mutations in a gene promoter called SICLV3 (and in several other promoters) enabled researchers to vary the number of floral organs and locules (gelatinous seed compartments) in tomato, over a wide range. The effect is analogous to turning a dimmer switch to vary light levels over a continuous

Researchers have developed an algorithm that allows residential customers to share power from the renewable energy sources in their homes during an outage. Credit: University of California San Diego If you think you can use the solar panels on your roof to power your home during an outage, think again. During an outage, while your

Rosy future? People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time. Credit: © Syda Productions / Fotolia People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies published in Psychological Science, a journal of

A chemical reaction where three different molecules (e.g. H, O2, H) each participate in the breaking and forming of chemical bonds. The reaction is mediated by an ephemeral collision complex (HO2**) formed from the collision of two molecules (H, O2) which then reacts upon colliding with a third molecule (H). Data from advanced computations reveal

Take-off. Credit: © stockphoto mania / Fotolia Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for many aircraft around the world to take off in coming decades, says a new study. During the hottest parts of the day, 10 to 30 percent of fully loaded planes may have to remove some fuel, cargo

PackDrone. Credit: Alain Herzog EPFL A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it can

Image of chromosomes in uncondensed form (left) and condensed form in dividing cell (right). Credit: The lab of Ken Zaret, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Prior to cell division, chromosomes are seemingly a jumbled mess. During cell division, parent cell chromosomes and their duplicates sort themselves out by condensing, becoming thousands of

Olivine, the most abundant mineral found in the Earth’s mantle, is considered to be a robust model of the interior of the Earth’s composition. Credit: Evan Krape/ University of Delaware University of Delaware professor Jessica Warren and colleagues from Stanford University, Oxford University and University of Pennsylvania, reported new data that material size-effects matter in

C. elegans. Credit: © heitipaves / Fotolia Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz, Germany, have made a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the ageing process. They have identified that genes belonging to a process called autophagy — one of the cells most critical survival processes — promote health and fitness

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