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Biotech veteran engineers algae breakthrough for biofuel

J. Craig Venter, the scientist who mapped the human genome, teamed with Exxon Mobil in using advanced cell engineering to more than double the fatty lipids inside a strain of algae. The work could eventually enable widespread commercialization of algae-based biofuels.


Study links Washington state's legalized pot with rise in car-crash claims

DENVER (AP) — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared...


Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicenter was...