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Vol 25, No. 09, September 2021
Beating the Heat With Predictive Machine Learning

A hybrid machine learning method can now accurately predict the incidence of heatstroke, hospitalisations, and deaths in large cities, paving the way for better allocation of healthcare resources.

Watch in 3D How Bacteria Synthesise Bioplastic PHAs

Scientists have reported the first-ever time-lapse movie of polyhydroxyalkanoate granule formation in bacterial cells, made possible with the help of 3D holographic microscopy.

Removing the Breaks of Plant Growth Boosts Crop Yield

Inserting a human RNA demethylase protein into plant genes can increase rice and potato production and improve drought tolerance.

Breeding Non-GMO Plants With Next-Generation Chloroplast Gene-Editing

Researchers have developed a new technique to improve the diversity of crop species without affecting the nuclear DNA of future seeds.

Slaying Superbugs With a New Type I CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool

A new type I-F CRISPR-Cas system has been developed to be transferrable to heterologous hosts and demonstrates promising efficiency, stability, and “scarless” gene-editing, opening up a new avenue to genetically edit various bacterial species and superbugs.

Keeping Copper Atoms Close: A New Strategy to Fight Superbugs

The compact arrangement of copper ions in a new copper-containing polymer can boost the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and thus, the production of hydroxyl radicals to kill bacteria.

Reviving the Shrimp Industry With ProAquaVcare: A Probiotic-Based Treatment That Targets Shrimp Pathogens

Scientists use bacterial strains found in sharks to develop a probiotic prototype that can help shrimp fight bacterial infections and so, minimise aquaculture pandemics.

New Lipomer Can Now Safely Deliver RNA Drugs to Lungs

Scientists have developed a new lipid nanoparticle that can safely deliver genetic codes into lung cells to treat various diseases.

Shining Light on Cancer: New Radiotherapy Can Kill Tumour Tissues With Iodine and X-Rays

Nanoparticles carrying iodine atoms can break cancer DNA and target the centre of tumour tissues with the help of X-rays, paving the way for more effective radiotherapy.

How to Make Decisions? With X-Rays and Scintillators That Control Neural Function

Mice models show that injecting crushed scintillators that emit visible light into brain cells upon shining X-rays can activate opsins that control neural functions and decision making.

Heat Over Light: A New Way to Make Crystals Bend

Scientists have found a way to bend thick molecular crystals at high speeds by using the photothermal effect, allowing for wider applications for light-activated mechanical crystals.

REST OF THE WORLD
Warming Oceans and Climate Change Reduce Reproductive Success of Antarctic Krill

Historical krill population data has shown that warming climate patterns are responsible for declining Antarctic krill populations.

More Carbon Will Kill More People, Find Out How Many

A new metric, dubbed as the “mortality cost of carbon,” factors in the latest data on climate change to predict future climate-related deaths, redefining our current understanding of the social cost of carbon.

Preventing Deadly Post-Transplant Infection With Llama Nanobodies

Researchers have developed virus-specific nanobodies from llamas that can target the latent reservoir of cytomegalovirus in humans.

New Skill Unlocked! Imagination for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence can now “imagine” objects and scenarios that could help scientists develop new medicines and increase the safety of self-driving vehicles.

Insulin-Producing Implants: The Future of Care for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers from Rice University have created an insulin-producing implant to automatically regulate blood glucose levels and treat Type 1 Diabetes.cacy of permanently disrupting PCSK9 expression using in vivo CRISPR gene editing to induce lasting reductions of LDL cholesterol in the blood.

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