Archives for Engineering

$25 million project will advance DNA-based archival data storage

(Georgia Institute of Technology) The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Molecular Information Storage (MIST) program has awarded a multi-phase contract worth up to $25 million to develop scalable DNA-based molecular storage techniques. The goal of the project, is to use DNA as the basis for deployable storage technologies.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/giot-mp011620.php

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Novel protein positioning technique improves functionality of yeast cells

(Kobe University) A research team at Kobe University has developed a method of artificially controlling the anchorage position of target proteins in engineered baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The group demonstrated that this technique could be utilized to improve the amount of ethanol produced from hydrothermally processed rice straw by 30%. It is expected that these results will contribute to improved yeast functionality in cell surface engineering, which is utilized in a variety of fields such as bio-production and medicine.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-npp011620.php

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New scheduling tool offers both better flight choices and increased airline profits

(Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth) Researchers from Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an original approach to flight scheduling that, if implemented, could result in a significant increase in profits for airlines and more flights that align with passengers’ preferences. The approach is presented in a paper, ‘Airline Timetable Development and Fleet Assignment Incorporating Passenger Choice,’ recently published in Transportation Science, the leading journal in the field of transportation analysis.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/tsoe-nst011720.php

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