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Astronauts make history by editing yeast DNA in space

The International Space Station (ISS) was recently turned into a biotechnology laboratory where, for the first time ever, astronauts used the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to edit the DNA of brewer’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The purpose of the experiment was to study…

energy

Single-use plastics banned from 2021

The European Union Council has approved the directive banning single-use plastics and, therefore, as from 2021, use of a number of single-use plastic products for which valid alternatives exist will be prohibited. More specifically, the plastic products to be banned…

life

International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for the Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations 1993, when the Convention of Biological Diversity agreed in Nairobi came into force, is held on 22 May each year. For several decades now, experts have shown…

life

World Bee Day

Today, Monday 20 May, is World Bee Day. The aim of the day is to attract attention to the key role of these hard-working insects, sorely tried by human activities and climate changes. Bees, in fact, like other pollinating animals,…

life

Threatened koalas are ‘functionally’ extinct

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), the animal that, along with the kangaroo, is the symbol of Australia, is threatened with extinction in that it is a functionally extinct species. According to the estimates of the Australian koala foundation (AKF), the organisation…

air

New record reached for CO2 in the atmosphere

Saturday 11 May, the Mauna Loa observatory, in Hawaii, recorded a new record level for the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, that is 415.26 ppm (parts per million). This level, explain the experts at the observatory run by the…

CO2 turns into rock in Iceland

In Iceland, there are veritable “21st century alchemists” able to turn carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into rock. The alchemists are part of a research team within CarbFix, a project that has developed a safe, economically advantageous and environmentally friendly…

life

UN alarm: one million species risk extinction

Around one million animal and plant species of the approximately 8 million estimated to be present on the Earth risks extinction. This is the alarm raised by the United Nations in the “Global Assessment”, a report presented in Paris by…

water

Blue Flag 2019

Liguria, ahead of Tuscany and Campania, is top of the list of 385 Italian beaches that have been assigned “Blue Flag 2019” awards, assigned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for the excellence of their bathing water. In order…

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