Princeton chemists discover a key to greener food production

Jessica Wong

Arguably the most important (if least well known) industrial advancement of the 20th century, the Haber-Bosch ammonia synthesis process essentially conquered food scarcity by creating the means to mass produce fertilizer — fertilizer then used to fortify food harvests around the world.

But the production of ammonia — the building block for ammonium nitrate fertilizer — generates a problematic byproduct down the line: carbon dioxide. Lots of it: more than two tons of carbon for every ton of fertilizer. It accounts for an estimated 1.4% of global carbon dioxide emissions. So, while the process countered mass starvation, it also began

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Discover Colorado and explore the highest elevation botanical garden in North America

Jessica Wong

VAIL, Colo – While Vail is known for its incredible skiing and world class outdoor recreation, it also happens to be home to the highest elevation botanical garden in North America. Situated at 8,200 feet, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens specializes in mountain and alpine plants native to Colorado and other alpine areas around the world.

“We also hold plants in this garden that are in no other places in the world, and that makes them very important plants. Particularly, if we find a plant that is going extinct in the wild, we have the opportunity here to propagate those plants

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Researchers from the University of Maryland found a gene that helps tuberculosis turn off an important immune signaling system in infected human cells — ScienceDaily

Jessica Wong

When Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, infects a person, the body’s immune response is critical to how the disease will progress — either helping the body fight the bacterium or exacerbating the infection

University of Maryland researchers discovered a way that Mtb can cause a person’s immune cells to lower their defenses. Specifically, they identified a gene in the bacterium that suppresses immune defenses in infected human cells, which could exacerbate the infection.

This new finding may point to an effective target for a gene-based treatment or preventative therapy for tuberculosis, which sickens about 10 million people

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Harvard professor launches new project to discover unidentified aerial phenomena

Jessica Wong

National

“If there is something out there, we will find it.”

The team, headed by Avi Loeb, will use small-aperture telescopes to analyze movement in the sky to determine unidentified aerial phenomena. The Associated Press

Unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs, also known more commonly as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, have long been a mystery. Besides images captured by distant cameras on fighter jets and tales of UFO sightings, these flying phenomena are yet to be confirmed.

One Harvard professor is taking new steps to explore and solve this mystery. On Monday, Avi Loeb, a professor in the university’s

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Baltimore Police Discover Bodies of Two Children During Traffic Stop

Jessica Wong

Police in Maryland’s Baltimore County have arrested a 33-year-old woman after the discovery of two children’s bodies during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

The children were identified as 7-year-old Joshlyn Johnson and 5-year-old Larry O’Neil, who police said are siblings. On Friday morning, the county police said they had arrested Nicole Johnson in connection with the deaths of the children, who have been identified as Johnson’s niece and nephew.

Johnson faces multiple charges, including first-degree child abuse that resulted in the death of a child under the age of 13. Police said that given the sensitive nature of the case,

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