New Genome Browser product gives freedom to easily collaborate in the cloud

Until now, genomics research groups working with sensitive medical data were largely limited to using local Genome Browser installations to maintain confidentiality, complicating data-sharing among collaborators. Today, the Genome Browser group of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute announced they have changed that by launching a new product, Genome Browser in the Cloud (GBiC). GBiC introduces new freedom to collaborate by allowing rapid Browser installation, in any UNIX-based cloud.

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Synthetic chemicals: Ignored agents of global change

Despite a steady rise in the manufacture and release of synthetic chemicals, research on the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals is severely lacking. This blind spot undermines efforts to address global change and achieve sustainability goals. So reports a new study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."...

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New metamaterial can switch from hard to soft — and back again

When a material is made, you typically cannot change whether that material is hard or soft. But a group of researchers have developed a new way to design a 'metamaterial' that allows the material to switch between being hard and soft without damaging or altering the material itself.

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