Breaking: New Semi-Synthetic Organism Can Make Molecules We’ve Never Seen Before
We have expanded the DNA.
29 NOV 2017
Scientists have expanded the building blocks of DNA to create a stable semi-synthetic organism that can produce biological compounds entirely new to nature.
The DNA that makes up essentially all living things on Earth consists of arrangements of four basic amino acids, but the new life-form developed by researchers in the US makes use of six – and that’s where things get interesting
This Crazy Twist on Black Holes Says There Was No Big Bang
We could be living in a bouncy Universe.
29 NOV 2017
A physicist from the University of Campinas in Brazil isn’t a big fan of the idea that time started with a so-called Big Bang.
Instead, Juliano César Silva Neves imagines a collapse followed by an expansion, one that could even still carry the scars of a previous timeline
A major rule change that will change the settlement periods on Australia’s electricity markets and offer major incentive to fast acting technology such as battery storage and demand management has been confirmed.
The Australian Energy Market Commission on Tuesday confirmed a “final” rule change to change the settlement period for the electricity spot price from 30 minutes to five minutes, starting in 2021.
It described it as a “fundamental change” will provide a better price signal for investment in fast response technologies, such as batteries, new generation gas peaker plants and demand response and enable the power system to operate in a more dynamic way.
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.”
BY MARIA POPOVA
“The genius,” Schopenhauer wrote in his timeless distinction between genius and talent, “lights on his age like a comet into the paths of the planets, to whose well-regulated and comprehensible arrangement its wholly eccentric course is foreign.” Unlike the person of talent, whose work simply exceeds in excellence the work of their contemporaries and is therefore easily appreciated by them, Schopenhauer argued that person of genius produces work which differs not in mere degree of excellence but in kind of vision. It is therefore often ridiculed or, worse yet, entirely ignored by the creator’s contemporaries, to be rediscovered and appreciated only by posterity.
The science behind the “tortured genius” myth and what it reveals about how the creative mind actually works.
BY MARIA POPOVA
“I think I’ve only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter confessed in a 1963 interview. “The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.” While art may be a form of therapyfor the rest of us, Porter’s is a sentiment far from uncommon among the creatively gifted who make that art. Why?
By Sophie Vorrath
on 28 November 2017
The Northern Territory government has given broad support to a plan to transition the territory to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and announced new funding for rooftop solar and grid upgrades, after the release of a Roadmap to Renewables report on Monday.
The report’s 11 recommendations – including the use of reverse auctions to contract new large-scale renewables, and the gradual, long-term replacement of the territory’s gas power fleet with large-scale battery storage – have all been given support, or “in-principle” support, by the NT government.