Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal, Northeast India throws up Asia’s oldest bamboo fossils, A new molecule to target H. pylori synthesised, SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking ~ helpBIOTECH

04 March 2019

Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal, Northeast India throws up Asia’s oldest bamboo fossils, A new molecule to target H. pylori synthesised, SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking


Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal in a world-first breakthrough - The Hindu 

Scientists have turned carbon dioxide back into coal in a world-first breakthrough which could lead to cleaner air. They say the ground-breaking technique can efficiently convert CO2 from a gas into solid particles of carbon. The research team, led by RMIT University in Australia, developed the new technique which they say offers an "alternative pathway" for safely and permanently removing the greenhouse gas from our atmosphere


Stem cell lines to study familial Alzheimer’s disease - The Hindu 

A collaboration of scientists drawn from NIMHANS, NCBS and InSTEM has characterised two representative human-induced pluripotent stem cell lines (iPSC) from families with incidence of Alzheimer’s. The cell lines can now be used to further research into dementia and related disorders. The study was published in Stem Cell Research. 


Northeast India throws up Asia’s oldest bamboo fossils - The Hindu 

Northeast India, a bamboo hotspot, has thrown up several bamboo fossils. 

One of them at around 28 million years old, is the oldest Asian bamboo fossil ever unearthed. 


A new molecule to target H. pylori synthesised - The Hindu 

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori which has been recognised as a type 1 carcinogen, is one of the major infection-causing organisms. Scientists have been working to find new compounds that can specifically target the bacteria. Researchers from IIT Gandhinagar have now designed a compound using indole as a building material that can do the job. 


SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking - The Hindu 

SpaceX’s new crew capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, acing its second milestone in just over a day. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But the three station astronauts had front-row seats as the sleek, white vessel neatly docked and became the first American-made, designed-for-crew spacecraft to pull up in eight years. 


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