• The Anglerfish Deleted Its Immune System to Fuse With Its Mate

    There are few animals more bizarre than the anglerfish, a species that has so much trouble finding a mate that when the male and female do connect underwater, males actually fuse their tissue with the females for life. After the merger, the two share a single respiratory and digestive system.

    Now scientists have discovered that the anglerfish accomplishes this sexual parasitism because it has lost a key part of its immune system, which then allows two bodies to become one without tissue rejection. (Remember symbiont Jadzia Dax of Deep Space Nine?)

    All vertebrates, including humans, have two kinds of immune systems. The first is the innate system, which responds quickly to attacks by microscopic invaders with a variety of chemicals like mucous physical barriers like hair and skin, and disease-munching cells called macrophages. The second line of defense is an adaptive system that produces both “killer” T

  • The pandemic has been very good business for Apple

    Apple has pandemic work-from-home orders and stimulus checks to thank for setting new all-time sales records across a number of its product categories.

    Starting with the iPhone, which saw a decrease in sales last quarter, Apple revealed revenue for that product category grew by two percent during the third quarter.

    “In April, we expected year-over-year performance to worsen, but we saw better than expected demand in May and June,” said CEO Tim Cook during the company’s earnings call. “We attribute this increase in demand to several interactive causes, including a strong iPhone SE launch, continued economic stimulus, and potentially some benefit from shelter-in-place restrictions lifting around the world,” he explained.

    Yes, you read that correctly: stimulus packages. So, that means that while many of those unemployed due to the pandemic were struggling to put food on the table or pay their bills, some of us around the world were

  • How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok

    The Trump administration is apparently considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including the popular video app TikTok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at” in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham — and on July 31st, President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he planned to personally ban the app using his own authority, instead of potentially forcing its Chinese owner to divest it.

    The comments could easily have been bluster. But Pompeo also compared TikTok to Huawei and ZTE, two companies that have suffered very real consequences after drawing US government ire. With tension rising between the US and China, Trump trying to ban TikTok isn’t out of the question — and while it’s not nearly as simple as Trump, Pompeo and Ingraham make it sound, it could still cause trouble

  • Biotechnology Market

    Biotechnology unifies biology and technology by overlaying a wide range of subjects like agriculture, animal husbandry, biochemistry, bio-statistics, cell biology, chemistry, crop administration, cropping system, ecology, engineering, genetics, well being, immunology, medication, microbiology, plant physiology, soil science, soil conservation, seed technology, and virology, etc. Du Pont’s Applied Science Division (USA) have developed a manner of turning corn starch into fibers. Sorona is produced from starch extracted from the kernel of corn, and the corporate can also be taking a look at ways of extracting starch from the stalk and different components of the plant. The starch is put via a fermentation process where glucose is fed down pipes into a three-storey vat that incorporates genetically engineered organisms, water, nutritional vitamins and minerals. The resulting monomer is polymerized with a petroleum-based mostly polymer and reduce into pellet type that is transformed into fibers. A key purpose given by Du Pont for …