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Birth of ‘living materials’ at MIT combines synthetic biology, materials engineering

06/05/2018 10:39
by Kenrick Vezina Illustration by Yan Liang, via MIT News. A team at MIT has combined techniques from synthetic biology and materials engineering to create hybrid “living materials”: bacteria engineered to take up functional nanoparticles and grow into thin layers with usable properties, like electrical conduction or light emission. This achievement is a perfect follow-up to news from earlier this month that another group at MIT had successfully created bionic plants   [Emphasis Others] (Read our Gene-ius post on the news here.) Anne Trafton, writing for MIT News, reports:  These “living materials” combine the advantages of live...

Report: Dozens of FBI Agents Admit Agency Corrupted Hillary Probe, Considering Legal Action

06/04/2018 10:49
by Benjamin Arie Being subpoenaed to appear in front of a judge is something most people want to actively avoid, but a report regarding the Obama-era FBI suggests dozens of agents want to have their day in court to expose government corruption.   During Sean Hannity’s Fox News program Friday, the conservative host said he has learned that more than two dozen FBI agents want to be subpoenaed in order to testify about widespread abuses and political bias that occurred at the bureau during the Hillary Clinton email scandal.   “We have an (Inspector General) report coming out, and I’m told as many as 28 people that have knowledge of the Clinton...

Cost Functions Should Not be Used to Make Education Spending Decisions

06/01/2018 10:30
by Kansas Policy Institute   June 1 - Wichita - A cost study recommending a school funding increase upwards of $2 billion survived a peer review by a scholar the Legislature hired; but, another respected school finance scholar says cost studies should not be used to set funding levels. Benjamin Scafadi, Ph.D., a professor of economics and director of the Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University, says, “cost function studies do not provide valid and reliable estimates of the minimum 'cost' of achieving a given outcome.”  Knowing the Legislature’s WestEd cost study would define the conversation on education spending and impact further...
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