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'False hope' driving crude oil rally?

Analysts and market watchers say there is little chance OPEC and nonmembers will agree to cuts. Source: CNBC Clean Energy

Oil stock dividends to drop by $12B: Markit

An extended trough in oil prices will see large energy firms slash payouts by a total of $12 billion this year, Markit warns. Source: CNBC Clean Energy

Russia warns of 'permanent war' in Syria

Russia's prime minister has warned of a "permanent war" starting in Syria if foreign troops are sent into the civil war-torn country. Source: CNBC Clean Energy

Interview: CGSRS’ Hirah Azhar on the Syria Civil War

  Geopoliticalmonitor sits down with Hirah Azhar from the Centre for Geopolitics Security in Realism Studies (CGSRS) to discuss the Syria civil war.   What are the prospects of the current UN-brokered peace talks? Despite the UN’s claims that the talks have been merely ‘paused’ (they are scheduled to resume on February 25), the negotiations […]

US crude prices jump 4% from 12-year lows

U.S. crude bounced away from 12-year lows early on Friday after comments by an OPEC energy minister sparked hopes of a coordinated production cut. Source: CNBC Clean Energy

[In Depth] Triumph for gravitational wave hunt

More than a billion years ago, two black holes—the gravitational ghosts of gigantic stars—spiraled together and collided in space. Ripples in spacetime swept through the universe. Five months ago, they washed past Earth, and physicists detected gravitational waves for the first time. The long-awaited discovery—announced this week—marks a triumph for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory […]

[Report] Using decoys to expand the recognition specificity of a plant disease resistance protein

Maintaining high crop yields in an environmentally sustainable manner requires the development of disease-resistant crop varieties. We describe a method to engineer disease resistance in plants by means of an endogenous disease resistance gene from Arabidopsis thaliana named RPS5, which encodes a nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) protein. RPS5 is normally activated when a second host […]

[In Depth] Bendy bugs inspire roboticists

Insects, whether they creep or fly, live in a world of hard knocks. Who has not stepped on a cockroach, then raised her shoe to watch the creature get up and scoot under a door? Bees and wasps, for their part, face a never-ending obstacle course of leaves, stems, and petals—bumblebees crash their wings into […]

[Business Office Feature] Hard-core sequencing

graded for easy DNA sequencing is a minor annoyance. They simply prepare another, better sample from the abundant source material they have on hand in cultured cells, laboratory animals, or a freezer full of tissues. But what if the only available specimen is an arsenic-preserved pelt from 150 years ago, a pile of mummified dung […]

[In Depth] Neandertal genes linked to modern diseases

When modern humans met and mated with Neandertals about 50,000 years ago, they picked up genes that are shaping health and well-being today. In a new study on p. 737, researchers use a powerful new method for scanning the electronic health records of 28,000 Americans to show that some Neandertal gene variants today may boost […]

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