New cancer study reveals that “bad luck” more of a factor than behavior

A new study has shed some light on the causes of cancer mutations, with researchers finding that 66% of all genetic mutations leading to cancerous cells are caused by simple random errors during cell replication more so than environmental, lifestyle or hereditary factors. The team from John Hopkins University have only just recently published their results in the journal Science.

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AMD Ryzen 1700 Chip Hits the Market creating competition for Intel based cpus

AMD has just unleashed its new high performance chip, the Ryzen 7 1700, and there is a lot being said about its effectiveness. Due to some issues that users have been having, several “conspiracy theories” have been thrown around to explain some of the issues with the chip.

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NASA’s latest ground radar technology leads to several space finds

A series of innovations from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have led to new technology being implemented to the space agency’s interplanetary radar system.  The new and improved technology is expected to help planners for future moon missions, as well as helping locate and identify missing spacecraft and debris. So far, the latter has seen some success. During an experimental run to test its’ capabilities, the radar was able to find two pre-determined targets orbiting around the moon.

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With nations dragging their feet on climate change, cities are picking up the slack

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently touted coal as the future of Australia’s energy portfolio despite the renewable technology industry overtaking the country’s struggling coal mining sector. Meanwhile, India is planning to open one of the largest open-air coal mine in the world, whilst its’ solar capacity tripled in the past three years to an impressive 10,000 MW. At the same time, the United States are gutting their own federal environmental agency and planning to reopen its’ coal mines even though last year saw the renewable energy sector employ more people than the gas, petrol, and coal industries combined. The reason behind the conflicting news? Cities.

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Scientists close to synthesizing the entire genome of baker’s yeast

A team of researchers at New York University are close to achieving a scientific first according to the group’s lead geneticist Jef Boeke announced. The Synthetic Yeast 2.0 Project has been able to almost fully synthesize the genome of baker’s yeast, continuing the work they’d begun in 2014 when they managed to create the first “designer chromosome” to replace part of the yeast’s genetic material. Three years on and the scientists are close to synthesizing the last of the sixteen chromosomes, a feat they expect to accomplish by the end of the year.

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Study shows that potatoes can grow on Mars; experiment was a success

Author of The Martian, Andy Weir might have been on to something when he made his character survive his time on Mars by successfully planting and cultivating potatoes, with a group of scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) close to confirming that the vegetable can indeed survive the Red Planet’s harsh conditions. Locked within a controlled and sealed environment called CubeSat, potatoes were put under Mars conditions and monitored daily.

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