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Japan back online with nuclear power after two years

Posted by Deborah Guastini

Aug 28, 2015 5:13:00 AM

Nearly two years after Japan shut down its nuclear power plants, the country brought its first reactor back online this month.

Sendai 1, a pressurized water reactor owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Company, was restarted on Aug. 11. Located on Kyushu Island, Japan’s third largest island, the reactor is expected to reach full capacity sometime in September after a final regulatory inspection, according to Kyushu Electric.

Sendai 1 to lessen post-2011 dependence on imported fossil fuels after Fukushima accident

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Topics: nuclear power

Biotech is poised for flight as venture capital lifts its wings. But will it crash?

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan

Aug 18, 2015 3:05:00 AM

Spectators worldwide are witnessing the potential formation of a biotech bubble. The industry has alternately been described as hot, volatile, booming, robust, frothy, overvalued, and overheated. Will biotech stocks continue to surge? Or will it turn out to be a biotech bubble that inevitably bursts?

Venture capital investment is at a 15-year high.

The biotechnology industry enjoyed $2.3 billion worth of venture capital investment during the second quarter, a 32% increase over Q1, according to the latest MoneyTree Report from PwC and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), with data from Thomson Reuters. One hundred twenty-six deals during the second quarter brought the total amount for the first half of 2015 to $3.8 billion. That positions the biotech industry to surpass 2014’s venture capital total of $6 billion.

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Topics: biotech

Self-assembling synthetic membrane may aid water purification

Posted by Deborah Guastini

Aug 17, 2015 3:09:00 AM

A self-assembling synthetic membrane that is easily produced may lead to better gas separation, water purification, drug delivery and DNA recognition, according to an international team of researchers.

This membrane is composed of lipids and protein-appended molecules that form water channels that transfer water at the rate of natural membranes and self-assemble into two-dimensional structures with parallel channels.

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Topics: water purification

“Smart mirror” reflects your health status

Posted by Deborah Guastini

Aug 10, 2015 5:34:00 AM

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the healthiest of them all? Checking our reflection in the mirror may no longer be a mere pastime, but a way for us to help monitor and improve our health. Researchers are developing a “smart’” mirror that detects changes in our face and breath to help measure our general health level.

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