A group of students at the University of Groningen are developing a revolutionary membrane for generating ‘blue energy’, electricity created from the ‘collision’ between salt water and fresh water. Currently, artificial membranes are used for this, but these break quickly and are expensive. The students are attempting to make a membrane from bacteria. The group will be competing in Boston this September in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, where 280 student teams will present biological machines they have developed themselves. The Groningen students are seeking support for their project via the special crowdfunding website
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Amina Helmi, a professor of Astronomy specializing in Milky Way dynamics, structure and formation, will receive the Spinoza Prize in October.
The size and shape of dunes varies greatly around the world: in Europe they're tall and narrow, while in the US they're low and wide. A new study has found that this is partly because dunes are constructed by plants with different ‘movement strategies’...
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