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Feb 16, 2018

Scientists find nearly 100 new ‘exoplanets’ in hunt for life in space

Posted by in categories: alien life, innovation

Scientists have discovered nearly 100 new ‘exoplanets’ in the search for Earth-like planets that could support life.

It’s a major breakthrough that reveals new planets that range in size from smaller than Earth to celestial bodies even bigger than Jupiter.

The findings were made by a team of international colleagues from the University of Denmark, NASA, the University of Tokyo and others.

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Feb 16, 2018

Breakthrough Brings Personal DNA Sequencing Closer Than Ever

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

A new breakthrough will make DNA sequencing much more accurate and accessible, meaning it’s only a matter of time before your doctor starts doing it.

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Imagine you’re visiting your doctor for a checkup. Your doctor takes all the usual measurements like your height, weight, heart rate, and blood pressure, and then tells you she’s going to sequence your DNA.

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Feb 15, 2018

China announces world’s first lung regenerative therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Tongji University has announced what it says is a major breakthrough in the treatment of lung disease by repairing tissue through stem cell transplantation.

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Feb 12, 2018

Microscopy breakthrough paves the way for atomically precise manufacturing

Posted by in categories: innovation, materials

A University of Texas at Dallas graduate student, his advisor and industry collaborators believe they have addressed a long-standing problem troubling scientists and engineers for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material during imaging or lithography. Details of the group’s solution appeared in the January issue of the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, which is published by the American Institute of Physics. Scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs) operate in an ultra-high vacuum, bringing a fine-tipped p…

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Feb 11, 2018

Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

Light sails can later use space-dust braking Richard Bizley/Science Photo Library By James Romero Our galaxy may contain billions of habitable worlds that don’t host any life. Should we attempt to change that? Breakthrough Starshot is a project with ambitious aims to use such systems to send tiny, lightweight probes to Alpha Centauri. The goal is to take pictures of our nearest star, but these systems could also deliver much larger payloads into orbit around nearby stars, says Gros. Potential targets include the planetary system around TRAPPIST-1, a red dwarf star just 40 light years away…

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Feb 11, 2018

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Smashing Success—What’s Next for Space Travel?

Posted by in categories: innovation, satellites

Moreover, the launch accomplished SpaceX’s overarching goal of making access to space travel affordable, with a price tag of $90 million per launch, compared to roughly $500 million for the second most powerful rocket, the United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. Now that the Falcon Heavy ’ s abilities have been demonstrated, it can be used to send satellites, payloads, and potentially tourists into space.

Days since the historic launch, this surreal image of a Tesla Roadster and Starman cruising away from Earth has become a symbol and foreshadowing of humanity’s exciting future as a space-faring species. After all, SpaceX’s massive transformative purpose is not simply to make space travel affordable, but rather to allows humans to become a multi-planetary species. Ultimately, Tuesday’s launch left many speechless because it brought us closer to accomplishing this aspirational goal.

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Feb 9, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Reader’s Digest — Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are

Posted by in categories: aging, biological, biotech/medical, business, chemistry, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, innovation

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/signs-body-is-aging-faster-than-you/

Jan 31, 2018

Tornadoes Of Sound Can Levitate Physical Objects

Posted by in categories: innovation, tractor beam

This tractor beam breakthrough means humans are one step closer to levitation. (via Seeker)

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Jan 29, 2018

African countries have taken the first major step towards cheaper continental flights — By Yomi Kazeem | Quartz

Posted by in categories: drones, governance, innovation, transportation

“Yesterday (Jan. 28), 23 African countries launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU). ”

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Jan 26, 2018

New Silicon Probes Record Activity of Hundreds of Neurons Simultaneously

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

We helped develop Neuropixels probes to accelerate neuroscience research.

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1cm long and 70 microns across, this technology is capable of recording signals from 384 brain cells at the same time. #InnovationWeek

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