An entire botanical garden of genomes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A new article provides genome sequencing data that triples the number of plant species with available genome data. To date, around 350 land plant genomes have been sequenced; this article provides multiple data types for 760 plant specimens (689 species). This includes images, raw sequencing data, assembled chloroplast genomes, and preliminary nuclear genome assemblies…

Lubricant for oil tankers

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. According to the study, ships could save up to 20 percent of fuel as a result of reduced drag. If antifouling effects are also considered the reduction can even be doubled. Vía…

How to Fix Brexit in Three Simple Steps

Three Necessary Steps to End Brexit Madness Start by acknowledging that leaving the European Union was never going to be cheap, easy or painless. Bloomberg, January 16, 2019       The first time we discussed the U.K. leaving the European Union (EU), the momentum looked like it was behind Team Exit. But the Brexit negotiations proved problematic, in part……

10 Friday AM Reads

My end of week morning train reads: • Weed Versus Greed on Wall Street: As potential profits in cannabis grow, big banks and blue-chip investors will lose their reticence about the pot business (Wall Street Journal) • Do Longer Expansions Lead to More Severe Recessions? (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland) • The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back……

Roast Pork Butt

This roast pork butt, coated in a simple rub of brown sugar, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes, is incredibly easy to make and yields enough to feed a small army. It’s roasted low and slow until falling apart tender. Perfect for Super Bowl, weekend bashes, and weeknight dinners. Adapted from Nick Evans | Love…

Ham, Cheese, and Potato Casserole

This ham, cheese, and potato casserole is our new definition of decadent comfort food. Layers of cooked ham, thinly sliced potatoes, shallots, and gooey cheese are baked in a rich cream sauce until crispy and golden. This ham, cheese, and potato casserole combines (almost) all the favorite vices of David, aka Fatty Daddy, the founder…

Platinum forms nano-bubbles

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Platinum, a noble metal, is oxidized more quickly than expected under conditions that are technologically relevant. Devices that contain platinum, such as the catalytic converters used to reduce exhaust emissions in cars, can suffer a loss in efficacy as a result of this reaction. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2TfceFs

Key protein in the production of insulin discovered

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The crucial hormone insulin needs help acquiring the right structure. A protein that assists in the process of insulin folding has just been discovered in a new study. They hope the new research results can be used to develop treatments for conditions such as increased level of insulin in the blood known as hyperinsulinemia….

New insight into unique sugar transport in plants

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A small research group has just elucidated the structure of a sugar transport protein that is unique to plants. The new structure can help explain how plant organs – such as pollen – develop properly, and give ideas as to why some subspecies of wheat are resistant to fungal attacks. Vía Latest Science News…