Scientists Are Using CRISPR to Make Spicy Tomatoes – Gastro Obscura

The humble tomato is about to get a makeover. Plant physiologists in Brazil and Ireland are researching how to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to create the world’s first spicy tomato.

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Gene engineers make super-size plants that are 40% larger – MIT Technology Review

Researchers hope to create a new “green revolution” by improving photosynthesis.

Genetic engineers in Illinois have designed tobacco plants that grow as much as 40% larger than usual. If similar changes can be made to soybeans or potatoes, it could increase food supplies—though you won’t see the new plants in fields for many years.

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In the Universe of Equations, Virtually All Are Prime | Quanta Magazine

Equations, like numbers, cannot always be split into simpler elements. Researchers have now proved that such “prime” equations are ubiquitous.

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Making AI algorithms crazy fast using chips powered by light – MIT Technology Review

Optical chips have been tried before—but the rise of deep learning may offer an opportunity to succeed where others have failed.

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Crystals trapped in meteorites reveal the Sun’s violent past – Science Focus – BBC Focus Magazine

The Sun burst into being 4.6 billion years ago, around 50 million years before the Earth formed. This makes studying its early days incredibly difficult, as physical material remaining from this period is scarce. Now, a team from the University of Chicago has found crystals more than 4.5 billion years old buried deep within meteorites that indicate the Sun had a tumultuous early life. […]

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Maps reveal hidden truths of our cities – BBC News

A new website lets people delve into data on the world’s cities.

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IBM and MIT Bet That Materials and Quantum Advances Will Supercharge AI – MIT Technology Review

A new center at MIT could advance artificial intelligence and help IBM reestablish itself as a leader in the field.

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