New Technology Accelerates Crop Improvement with CRISPR

Summary

Researchers know how to make precise genetic changes within the genomes of crops, but the transformed cells often refuse to grow into plants. One team has devised a new solution.

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Scientists who want to improve crops face a dilemma: it can be difficult to grow plants from cells after you’ve tweaked their genomes.

A new tool helps ease this process by coaxing the transformed cells, including those modified with the gene-editing system CRISPR-Cas9, to regenerate new plants. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Specialist Juan M. Debernardi and Investigator Jorge Dubcovsky, together with David Tricoli at the University of California, Davis Plant Transformation Facility, Javier Palatnik from Argentina, and colleagues at the John Innes Centre, collaborated on the work. The team reports the technology, developed in wheat and tested in other crops, October 12, 2020, in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

“The problem is that transforming a plant is still

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Nest Audio review: Google’s new smart speaker is an improvement in every way

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Google’s new Nest Audio costs $100 and replaces the company’s original Google Home smart speaker.


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Google’s very first smart speaker, the Google Home, appeared in 2016 as the answer to Amazon’s brand-new Echo device. Since then, the two companies have released countless smart devices, acquired startups and expanded their voice assistants to create the platforms millions of people use today. 

The Google Home was overdue for an upgrade, and it comes in the form of the new Nest Audio. This $100 (£90, AU$149) smart speaker sits squarely in the middle of the Nest Mini and Home Max, providing a midrange speaker that is no more or less smarter than you’d expect. Sound is improved over the old Home speaker, and the design is updated, yet familiar, in keeping with the newer, fabric-wrapped design of Google’s other Nest speakers. A handful of new features make this sensibly

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Participants in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course reported significant improvement in levels of pain, depression and disability — ScienceDaily

A mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course was found to benefit patients with chronic pain and depression, leading to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood and functional capacity, according to a study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Most of the study respondents (89%) reported the program helped them find ways to better cope with their pain while 11% remained neutral.

Chronic pain is a common and serious medical condition affecting an estimated 100 million people in the United States, which correlates with annual costs of approximately $635 billion. The small-scale study was conducted in a semi-rural population in Oregon where issues of affordability, addiction and access to care are common. Participants received intensive instruction in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga during an eight-week period.

“Many people have lost hope because, in most cases, chronic pain will never fully resolve,” says Cynthia Marske, DO, an

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Micron’s Chart Hints at Chip Sector Improvement

Micron Technology (MU), a manufacturer of memory chips, reported fourth quarter earnings after Tuesday’s closing bell. The report comes amid a decline in chip prices, as the market works its way through a supply glut. 

Micron earned $1.08 per share, on revenues of $6.06 billion. The company was expected to earn .95 cents per share on revenue of $5.3 billion.

Micron has been an underperformer this year. As of Tuesday’s close, the stock was down 4.8% year to date. This compares unfavorably to the S&P 500, which has gained 3.24%, and the Nasdaq, which has gained nearly 30% so far this year. 

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Micron vs. S&P 500 vs. Nasdaq 100. Chart by TradeStation

However, there is good news for Micron bulls. While the major indices have had a tough month in September, Micron has been climbing higher. The relative strength of this stock vs. the major indices has been

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Publicis Sapient Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Customer Experience Improvement Services

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Publicis Sapient, the digital transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, has today announced it has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Customer Experience Improvement Services 2020 Vendor Assessment. Publicis Sapient was among 13 service providers that participated in this evaluation.

The report, authored by Douglas Hayward, Research Director, Worldwide Digital Strategy and Agency Services at IDC, noted that “Publicis Sapient is a good fit for organizations looking for a partner combining the creativity of a holding company agency with the design and enterprise-grade technology capabilities of an IT and business consultancy.” Overall, Publicis Sapient was recognized for its business value delivery, people quality, and client empathy.

“Digital consultancy Publicis Sapient drives end-to-end CX transformation by fusing creativity with design and enterprise wide technology and business capabilities,” said Douglas Hayward, Research Director, Worldwide Digital Strategy and Agency Services at

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US Home Improvement Statistics 2020 | Market Size, Future Demand, Technology, Top Leading Player, Emerging Trends and Regional Forecast to 2025

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Sep 23, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Global Home Improvement Market is valued at USD 849.31 Billion in 2019 and expected to reach USD 1155.79 Billion by 2026 with the CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period.

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