Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:42:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Disrupting Reproduction: Two New Advances in Tech-Assisted Baby-Making https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/disrupting-reproduction-two-new-advances-in-tech-assisted-baby-making https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/disrupting-reproduction-two-new-advances-in-tech-assisted-baby-making#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/disrupting-reproduction-two-new-advances-in-tech-assisted-baby-making

Seven months later, following stringent monitoring of signs of immunorejection, the team transplanted a fertilized embryo engineered with IVF into the donor uterus. By 35 weeks, the baby was delivered without complications through a C-section.

The woman was a lucky case. Others who underwent the same procedure experienced immunorejection that prevented them from keeping the womb. The team actually removed the transplanted womb following the successful childbirth, citing that they wanted to currently focus on giving infertile women their first child.

These are still early days for uterine transplants—dead or alive—but the proof-of-concept shows that women who had to previously rely on surrogates may have an alternative way. The team is looking to further refine the protocol, for example, for how much immunosuppressant to give and harvesting the organ as early as possible, to potentially increase success rates.

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Part-revived pig brains raise slew of ethical quandaries https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/part-revived-pig-brains-raise-slew-of-ethical-quandaries https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/part-revived-pig-brains-raise-slew-of-ethical-quandaries#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:46:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/part-revived-pig-brains-raise-slew-of-ethical-quandaries

The work also raises a host of ethical issues. There was no evidence of any global electrical activity — the kind of higher-order brain functioning associated with consciousness. Nor was there any sign of the capacity to perceive the environment and experience sensations. Even so, because of the possibilities it opens up, the BrainEx study highlights potential limitations in the current regulations for animals used in research.


Researchers need guidance on animal use and the many issues opened up by a new study on whole-brain restoration, argue Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely and Charles M. Giattino. Researchers need guidance on animal use and the many issues opened up by a new study on whole-brain restoration, argue Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely and Charles M. Giattino.

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Cornell scientists create ‘living’ machines that eat, grow, and evolve https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:43:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve

The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot?

If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race.

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This Tic-Tac-Sized Computer Can Turn Almost Anything Into a Smart Device https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-tic-tac-sized-computer-can-turn-almost-anything-into-a-smart-device https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-tic-tac-sized-computer-can-turn-almost-anything-into-a-smart-device#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:42:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-tic-tac-sized-computer-can-turn-almost-anything-into-a-smart-device

The idea is to give craftspeople the tools they need to incorporate digital services to the items they’re already making. Poupyrev made it clear that he doesn’t want fundamentally change tried and tested items, like a jacket, into a computer first, and an article of clothing second. He wants to imbue everyday items with digital functionality.

In its final form, Poupyrev envisions clothing, furniture, and accessories that are all connected to the cloud, each providing their own, specialized functionality. Users will interact with screens using their sleeves and pause their music by tapping their glasses. Step trackers will live in our shoes, translators will live in our ears, and medicinal nano-robots could be injected into our blood streams. The very notion of a computer will radically change as little computers get placed into everything.

“This could allow makers to image and create a new world where things are connected and we don’t need keyboards, screens, or mice to interact with computers,” he said. “I’ve been working on this for 20 years and as it’s taken shape I’m realizing that we’re not building an interface. We’re building a a new kind of computer, an invisible computer.”

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Amazon is now making its delivery drivers take selfies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/amazon-is-now-making-its-delivery-drivers-take-selfies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/amazon-is-now-making-its-delivery-drivers-take-selfies#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/amazon-is-now-making-its-delivery-drivers-take-selfies

It will then use facial recognition to double-check.

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Neurogenesis in older brains https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/neurogenesis-in-older-brains https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/neurogenesis-in-older-brains#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:44:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/neurogenesis-in-older-brains

Older people can still grow new brain cells like young people, new study shows. Reference: http://


Older people can still grow new brain cells like young people, new study shows. Reference: surg.ws/2GYVXOU

Video by The Surg in association with Technology Networks.

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Researchers ‘reboot’ pig brains hours after animals died https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-reboot-pig-brains-hours-after-animals-died https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-reboot-pig-brains-hours-after-animals-died#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:43:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-reboot-pig-brains-hours-after-animals-died

The brains of decapitated pigs can be partially revived several hours after the animal has died, researchers have revealed, with some of the functions of cells booted back up when an oxygen-rich fluid is circulated through the organ.

The scientists stress that the brains do not show any signs of consciousness – for example, there was no sign that different parts of the brain were sending signals to each other – and that it does not change the definition of death.

But they say they have found a way to prevent brain cells from sustaining irreparable damage as blood stops circulating, and even to restore some of the cells’ functions.

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Lightning Totally Does Strike Twice, And Now Scientists Know Why https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lightning-totally-does-strike-twice-and-now-scientists-know-why https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lightning-totally-does-strike-twice-and-now-scientists-know-why#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:42:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lightning-totally-does-strike-twice-and-now-scientists-know-why

There’s something about the meandering streak of lightning that implies random chaos. Yet bolts from the blue not only hit the same places with regularity, but successive discharges often reuse the exact same channel.

It’s never been entirely clear how the path laid down by one bolt sticks around for repeat performances, but new research has discovered lingering pockets of charge in the wake of a single lightning strike, which could provide a map for more to follow.

An international team of physicists collected an unprecedented level of detail on radio waves emitted by lightning to determine why the charged pockets of air setting out lightning’s path behave the way they do.

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Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Green Light for Major Tests https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/air-breathing-rocket-engine-gets-green-light-for-major-tests https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/air-breathing-rocket-engine-gets-green-light-for-major-tests#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:22:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/air-breathing-rocket-engine-gets-green-light-for-major-tests

SABRE could enable cheaper, more efficient flight, advocates say.

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Scientists invent way to trap mysterious ‘dark world’ particle at Large Hadron Collider https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-invent-way-to-trap-mysterious-dark-world-particle-at-large-hadron-collider https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-invent-way-to-trap-mysterious-dark-world-particle-at-large-hadron-collider#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:02:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-invent-way-to-trap-mysterious-dark-world-particle-at-large-hadron-collider

Now that they’ve identified the Higgs boson, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have set their sights on an even more elusive target.

All around us is and —the invisible stuff that binds the galaxy together, but which no one has been able to directly detect. “We know for sure there’s a dark world, and there’s more energy in it than there is in ours,” said LianTao Wang, a University of Chicago professor of physics who studies how to find signals in large particle accelerators like the LHC.

Wang, along with scientists from the University and UChicago-affiliated Fermilab, think they may be able to lead us to its tracks; in a paper published April 3 in Physical Review Letters, they laid out an innovative method for stalking dark matter in the LHC by exploiting a potential particle’s slightly slower speed.

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This could be the biggest advance in toilet design in over a hundred years https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-could-be-the-biggest-advance-in-toilet-design-in-over-a-hundred-years https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-could-be-the-biggest-advance-in-toilet-design-in-over-a-hundred-years#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:42:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-could-be-the-biggest-advance-in-toilet-design-in-over-a-hundred-years

The Orca Helix moves up and down so that it is easy to get on and off when high, easy on the body when low.

Many things have changed in the last hundred years, but one thing that has hardly changed at all is the toilet. And as we have been saying on TreeHugger for what feels like a hundred years, it’s all wrong. Our bodies are designed to squat, yet instead, we sit on 14 inch high seats, which actually makes it hard to poop. As we get older, or fatter, people have trouble even getting on a 14 inch seat and buy “comfort height” toilets, which make it even harder to poop. It is exactly the wrong thing to do, causing constipation, haemorrhoids and worse.

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It’s official: Blue Origin will bring rocket engine tests back to Huntsville https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/its-official-blue-origin-will-bring-rocket-engine-tests-back-to-huntsville https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/its-official-blue-origin-will-bring-rocket-engine-tests-back-to-huntsville#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:02:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/its-official-blue-origin-will-bring-rocket-engine-tests-back-to-huntsville

One of Huntsville’s historic Apollo engine test stands is coming back to life under an agreement between NASA and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company.

NASA announced Wednesday it has signed an agreement to let Blue Origin use Marshall Test Stand 4670 to test its BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines. The BE-4 has been selected to power United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan rocket and Blue’s New Glenn rocket.

Both rockets are being built to power new boosters for America’s three key space markets: NASA, commercial companies like ULA and national security customers such as the Air Force.

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Uber gets $1 billion investment for self-driving unit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/uber-gets-1-billion-investment-for-self-driving-unit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/uber-gets-1-billion-investment-for-self-driving-unit#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/uber-gets-1-billion-investment-for-self-driving-unit

Uber announced Thursday night that its self-driving car unit received a $1 billion investment ahead of the tech giant’s upcoming debut on th.

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Scientists Uncover California’s Hidden Earthquakes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-uncover-californias-hidden-earthquakes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-uncover-californias-hidden-earthquakes#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:03:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-uncover-californias-hidden-earthquakes

Nearly two million tiny tremors could help explain the inner workings of key faults.

  • By Shannon Hall on April 18, 2019

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This Genetic Mutation Makes People Feel Full — All the Time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-genetic-mutation-makes-people-feel-full-all-the-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-genetic-mutation-makes-people-feel-full-all-the-time#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:02:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-genetic-mutation-makes-people-feel-full-all-the-time

Two new studies confirm that weight control is often the result of genetics, not willpower.

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A Genius First-of-Its-Kind Device Has Created Electricity From Snowfall https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/a-genius-first-of-its-kind-device-has-created-electricity-from-snowfall https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/a-genius-first-of-its-kind-device-has-created-electricity-from-snowfall#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:02:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/a-genius-first-of-its-kind-device-has-created-electricity-from-snowfall

Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind device that generates electricity from nothing other than the natural phenomenon of snowfall.

Based upon the principles of the triboelectric effect, in which electrical charge is generated after two materials come into contact with one another, the researchers’ new technology exploits the fact that snow particles carry a positive electrical charge.

Because of that, snowflakes give up electrons, provided they get a chance to interact with the right, negatively charged substance.

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Microsoft buys Express Logic, adds a third operating system to its IoT range https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/microsoft-buys-express-logic-adds-a-third-operating-system-to-its-iot-range https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/microsoft-buys-express-logic-adds-a-third-operating-system-to-its-iot-range#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/microsoft-buys-express-logic-adds-a-third-operating-system-to-its-iot-range

ThreadX joins Azure Sphere, Windows 10 for IoT.

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Rocket Report: A new Delta 2, Blue Origin inks with NASA, a fiery Falcon Heavy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/rocket-report-a-new-delta-2-blue-origin-inks-with-nasa-a-fiery-falcon-heavy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/rocket-report-a-new-delta-2-blue-origin-inks-with-nasa-a-fiery-falcon-heavy#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:23:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/rocket-report-a-new-delta-2-blue-origin-inks-with-nasa-a-fiery-falcon-heavy

Do everything in your power to keep the acquisition on schedule.

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The US Has Officially Started Using CRISPR on Humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-us-has-officially-started-using-crispr-on-humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-us-has-officially-started-using-crispr-on-humans#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-us-has-officially-started-using-crispr-on-humans

On Monday, a UPenn spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the institution’s researchers have officially started using CRISPR on humans — marking a national first that could lead to a more widespread use of the technology in the future.

Last Resort

The spokesperson told NPR that the UPenn team has thus far used CRISPR to treat two cancer patients, one with multiple myeloma and one with sarcoma. Both had relapsed after standard cancer treatments.

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Undersea Robot To Rescue The Great Barrier Reef https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/undersea-robot-to-rescue-the-great-barrier-reef https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/undersea-robot-to-rescue-the-great-barrier-reef#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:10:03 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/undersea-robot-to-rescue-the-great-barrier-reef

A pair of Australian scientists have built an undersea robot to save the Great Barrier Reef.


A newly developed undersea robot could help researchers reverse the drastic coral collapse that has occurred on the Great Barrier Reef in recent years.


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Scientists restore some functions in a pig’s brain hours after death https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-restore-some-functions-in-a-pigs-brain-hours-after-death https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-restore-some-functions-in-a-pigs-brain-hours-after-death#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:22:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-restore-some-functions-in-a-pigs-brain-hours-after-death

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, a finding that challenges long-held assumptions about the timing and irreversible nature of the cessation of some brain functions after death, Yale scientists report April 18 in the journal Nature.

The of a postmortem pig obtained from a meatpacking plant was isolated and circulated with a specially designed chemical solution. Many basic cellular functions, once thought to cease seconds or minutes after oxygen and blood flow cease, were observed, the scientists report.

“The intact brain of a large mammal retains a previously underappreciated capacity for restoration of circulation and certain molecular and cellular activities multiple hours after circulatory arrest,” said senior author Nenad Sestan, professor of neuroscience, comparative medicine, genetics, and psychiatry.

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Team Linked to Elon Musk Edges Closer to Brain Computers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/team-linked-to-elon-musk-edges-closer-to-brain-computers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/team-linked-to-elon-musk-edges-closer-to-brain-computers#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:22:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/team-linked-to-elon-musk-edges-closer-to-brain-computers

Scientists describe an electronic method that could one day enable brain computers.

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Fit to drive? The car will judge https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/fit-to-drive-the-car-will-judge https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/fit-to-drive-the-car-will-judge#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:02:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/fit-to-drive-the-car-will-judge

However, we are not there yet and we have to take it step-by-step, says Dr Anna Anund from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). She and her team are developing sensor-based systems as part of the ADAS&ME project to move towards level three, in which the driver can rest and would only be expected to drive when the car requests it.


When you’re sleepy, stressed or have had a few drinks, you’re not in the best position to drive – or even make that decision. But automated cars could soon make that call for you.

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MD Stem Cells New Alzheimer’s Stem Cell Treatment Shows Early Benefits https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/md-stem-cells-new-alzheimers-stem-cell-treatment-shows-early-benefits https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/md-stem-cells-new-alzheimers-stem-cell-treatment-shows-early-benefits#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:02:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/md-stem-cells-new-alzheimers-stem-cell-treatment-shows-early-benefits

The first thing our doctor noticed the day after his patient received the ACIST stem cells was her saying hello to him in a heartwarming fashion — completely different from the day before treatment when she was quiet and withdrawn. Post-op day one was a new beginning for this beloved mother and her daughter, fighting moms Alzheimers disease together.

When I brought the car to start driving her home, my mother got in and instead of being confused and trying to put the safety belt into the door as was typical, she put it in the buckle! excitedly explained her daughter during a call while driving home that same day.

Her mother had enrolled in MD Stem Cells new Alzheimers Autism Cognitive Impairment Stem Cell Treatment Study or ACISThis is the first open-label, non-randomized study designed for patients with dementias, including Alzheimers, treating them with their own bone marrow stem cells called BMSC. All enrolled patients receive active BMSC treatment- there is no placebo arm — making it different from most drug studies.

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Russian TV launches robot news presenter https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/russian-tv-launches-robot-news-presenter https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/russian-tv-launches-robot-news-presenter#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/russian-tv-launches-robot-news-presenter

China has two AI news presenters, so Russia ups the ante with a robot presenter made by a company called #Promobot


The humanoid, named Alex, causes a stir as he makes his debut on state news channel Rossiya 24.

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This Common Yard Weed is an Anti-Cancer Powerhouse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-common-yard-weed-is-an-anti-cancer-powerhouse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-common-yard-weed-is-an-anti-cancer-powerhouse#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:23:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-common-yard-weed-is-an-anti-cancer-powerhouse

Dandelion root is a super nutritious food that fights cancer. You’ll never look at this weed the same way again!

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Global Aerogel Market 2019 Trends, Market Share, Industry Size, Growth, Sales, Opportunities, Analysis and Forecast To 2025 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/global-aerogel-market-2019-trends-market-share-industry-size-growth-sales-opportunities-analysis-and-forecast-to-2025 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/global-aerogel-market-2019-trends-market-share-industry-size-growth-sales-opportunities-analysis-and-forecast-to-2025#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:23:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/global-aerogel-market-2019-trends-market-share-industry-size-growth-sales-opportunities-analysis-and-forecast-to-2025

Apr 11, 2019 (Heraldkeeper via COMTEX) — Summary:

A new market study, titled “Discover Global Aerogel Market Upcoming Trends, Growth Drivers and Challenges” has been featured on WiseGuyReports.

Introduction

Aerogel, a mesoporous solid foam, is composed of an interconnected nanostructure network with minimum 50% porosity. It consists of low thermal conductivity features, which make it an ideal insulation material. The global aerogel market value was about USD xx million in 2018, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of xx% to reach USD XX million by 2026.

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Aerogel–aerogel composites for normal temperature range thermal insulations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/aerogel-aerogel-composites-for-normal-temperature-range-thermal-insulations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/aerogel-aerogel-composites-for-normal-temperature-range-thermal-insulations#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:22:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/aerogel-aerogel-composites-for-normal-temperature-range-thermal-insulations

Aerogel–aerogel composites are prepared by embedding highly insulating granular silica aerogel (1–2mm, 5–58vol.%) into ambient pressure dried resorcin…

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Researchers develop new variant of Maxwell’s demon at nanoscale https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-develop-new-variant-of-maxwells-demon-at-nanoscale https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-develop-new-variant-of-maxwells-demon-at-nanoscale#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:22:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/researchers-develop-new-variant-of-maxwells-demon-at-nanoscale

Maxwell’s demon is a machine proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1897. The hypothetical machine would use thermal fluctuations to obtain energy, apparently violating the second principle of thermodynamics. Now, researchers at the University of Barcelona have presented the first theoretical and experimental solution of a continuous version of Maxwell’s demon in a single molecule system. The results, published in the journal Nature Physics, have applications in other fields, such as biological and quantum systems.

“Despite its simplicity and the large amount of work in the field, this new variant of the classical Maxwell demon has remained unexplored until now,” notes F\xE8lix Ritort, professor from the Department of Fundamental Physics of the UB. “In this study, we introduced a system able to extract large amounts of work arbitrarily per cycle through repeated measurements of the state of a system.”

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Unboxing The Mind Bending Wallpaper TV… — YouTube https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/unboxing-the-mind-bending-wallpaper-tv-youtube https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/unboxing-the-mind-bending-wallpaper-tv-youtube#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:06:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/unboxing-the-mind-bending-wallpaper-tv-youtube

The LG Wallpaper TV is the thinnest display I’ve ever seen or held. It’s thinner than a smartphone and I can easily pick up the 65-inch! It uses LG’s OLED technology so you’ve got super dark blacks, vibrant colors and the overall picture quality you’ve come to expect from OLED. Because the Wallpaper TV is so thin it connects to an external sound bar speaker for power and video connections. The speaker is louder than standard TV speakers and features Dolby Atmos capabilities.

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Self-healing concrete uses fungus to fill cracks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/self-healing-concrete-uses-fungus-to-fill-cracks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/self-healing-concrete-uses-fungus-to-fill-cracks#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:06:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/self-healing-concrete-uses-fungus-to-fill-cracks

If cracks in concrete can be fixed when they’re still tiny, then they can’t become large cracks that ultimately cause structures such as bridges to collapse. It is with this in mind that various experimental types of self-healing concrete have been developed in recent years. One of the latest utilizes a type of fungus to do the healing.

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You have to see LG’s transparent TV from the future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/you-have-to-see-lgs-transparent-tv-from-the-future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/you-have-to-see-lgs-transparent-tv-from-the-future#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:05:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/you-have-to-see-lgs-transparent-tv-from-the-future

Circa 2017


It’s there… and it’s not there.

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HOW BULLETPROOF IS MASTER CHIEF — Halo Science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-bulletproof-is-master-chief-halo-science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-bulletproof-is-master-chief-halo-science#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:05:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-bulletproof-is-master-chief-halo-science

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It all starts with John 117. Basically he was kidnaped as a kid and pumped with performance altering drugs and growth hormones. The success rate for transforming a small child into a giant fighting machine is apparently pretty low. So yeah, it’s pretty amazing this guy can even mentally function let alone save the planet. Anyway, as a full grown man, John is 287 pounds (131 kilograms) and stands 6 feet 7 inches tall (about 2 meters). To put it into perspective, Andre the Giant was a 7 foot 4 inches tall (2.24 meters) wrestler from France. Coming in at at 550 lb (255 kg), not only was he tall, but he was massive. So although John is big, he isn’t’ that big. What makes Chief so powerful is of course his set of armor. According to lore, The MJOLNIR powered assault armor is a technologically-advanced combat exoskeleton system designed to vastly improve the strength, speed, agility, and reflexes of a spartan super soldier. This suit then brings John up to 7 feet tall and about 1,000 lb (453 kg), or twice the weight as Andre the giant, but still a little shorter.

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Scientists Freeze Atoms to Near Absolute Zero https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-freeze-atoms-to-near-absolute-zero https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-freeze-atoms-to-near-absolute-zero#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:05:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/scientists-freeze-atoms-to-near-absolute-zero

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We usually think of microwaves as waves that heat things up, usually leftover food, but did you know that they can also cool things down? For example, physicists recently decided to use them to freeze atoms, and attempts have been very successful: They managed to cool them down to within a millionth of a degree of absolute zero (–273.15°C or −459.67°F).

The University of Sussex team, led by Winifried Hensinger, had their results published in Physical Review Letters.

“The use of long-wavelength radiation instead of laser technology to cool ions can tremendously simplify the construction of practical quantum technology devices enabling us to build real devices much faster,” said Professor Hensinger.

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Archaeologists unearth largest Mayan figurine factory to date https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/archaeologists-unearth-largest-mayan-figurine-factory-to-date https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/archaeologists-unearth-largest-mayan-figurine-factory-to-date#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:02:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/archaeologists-unearth-largest-mayan-figurine-factory-to-date

Aragón may have gained power as nearby cities collapsed.

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The Quest For the Roots of Autism — and What It Says About Us All https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quest-for-the-roots-of-autism-and-what-it-says-about-us-all https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quest-for-the-roots-of-autism-and-what-it-says-about-us-all#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quest-for-the-roots-of-autism-and-what-it-says-about-us-all

The more researchers look, the more multifaceted the risk factors appear — and the more we learn about how the brain works and develops.

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Dr. Doris Taylor — Texas Heart Institute — IdeaXme — Ira Pastor — “How to Build a New Heart” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/dr-doris-taylor-texas-heart-institute-ideaxme-ira-pastor-how-to-build-a-new-heart https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/dr-doris-taylor-texas-heart-institute-ideaxme-ira-pastor-how-to-build-a-new-heart#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:23:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=89711
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Powerful CRISPR cousin accidentally mutates RNA while editing DNA target https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/powerful-crispr-cousin-accidentally-mutates-rna-while-editing-dna-target https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/powerful-crispr-cousin-accidentally-mutates-rna-while-editing-dna-target#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:02:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/powerful-crispr-cousin-accidentally-mutates-rna-while-editing-dna-target

When researchers first reported 3 years ago that they had created base editors, a version of the powerful genome-editing tool CRISPR, excitement swirled around their distinct powers to more subtly alter DNA compared with CRISPR itself. But the weaknesses of base editors have become increasingly apparent, and a new study shows they can also accidentally mutate the strands of RNA that help build proteins or perform other key cellular tasks. Researchers say this could complicate developing safe therapies with the technology and hamper other research applications.

Human diseases from sickle cell to Tay-Sachs are caused by a single mutation to one of the four DNA bases—adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine—and CRISPR has often had difficulty swapping out the bad actors. That’s in part because CRISPR cuts double-stranded DNA at targeted places and then relies on finicky cell repair mechanisms to do the heavy lifting of inserting a corrected DNA sequence for a mutation. Base editors, in contrast, chemically change one DNA base into another with enzymes called deaminases, which doesn’t require a cut or help from the cell.

Base editors, which adapt key components of CRISPR to reach targeted places in the genome, have been shown to have many off-target effects on DNA. But until now, its effects on RNA, which contains three of the same bases as DNA, had escaped scrutiny. So J. Keith Joung, a pathologist and molecular biologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, led a team that put base editors into human liver and kidney cells. Their finding: Deaminases can also alter RNA, the group reports today in.

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.@NASA designed a drone that could fly around Mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/nasa-designed-a-drone-that-could-fly-around-mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/nasa-designed-a-drone-that-could-fly-around-mars#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/nasa-designed-a-drone-that-could-fly-around-mars

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Planck reveals link between active galaxies and their dark matter environment https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/planck-reveals-link-between-active-galaxies-and-their-dark-matter-environment https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/planck-reveals-link-between-active-galaxies-and-their-dark-matter-environment#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/planck-reveals-link-between-active-galaxies-and-their-dark-matter-environment

Scientists have used the tiny distortions imprinted on the cosmic microwave background by the gravity of matter throughout the universe, recorded by ESA’s Planck satellite, to uncover the connection between the luminosity of quasars – the bright cores of active galaxies – and the mass of the much larger ‘halos’ of dark matter in which they sit. The result is an important confirmation for our understanding of how galaxies evolve across cosmic history.

Most in the universe are known to host , with masses of millions to billions of times the Sun’s mass, at their cores. The majority of these cosmic monsters are ‘dormant’, with little or no activity going on near them, but about one percent are classified as ‘active’, accreting from their surroundings at very intense rates. This accretion process causes material in the black hole’s vicinity to shine brightly across the electromagnetic spectrum, making these active galaxies, or , some of the brightest sources in the cosmos.

While it is still unclear what activates these black holes, switching on and off their phase of intense accretion, it is likely that quasars play an important role in regulating the evolution of galaxies across cosmic history. For this reason, it is crucial to understand the relationship between quasars, their host galaxies, and their environment on even larger scales.

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This Wearable Prototype Can See Through Skin To Scan Your Blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-wearable-prototype-can-see-through-skin-to-scan-your-blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-wearable-prototype-can-see-through-skin-to-scan-your-blood#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:39:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/this-wearable-prototype-can-see-through-skin-to-scan-your-blood

Circa 2015


Echo Labs uses light and a clever algorithm to measure oxygen and CO2 in the blood stream.

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LG G8 ThinQ Review: Flash-Bang, Scan Your Blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lg-g8-thinq-review-flash-bang-scan-your-blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lg-g8-thinq-review-flash-bang-scan-your-blood#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:39:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/lg-g8-thinq-review-flash-bang-scan-your-blood

LG’s latest flagship looks cool, but that feeling wears off… quickly.

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Non-invasive blood glucose monitoring using near-infrared spectroscopy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/non-invasive-blood-glucose-monitoring-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/non-invasive-blood-glucose-monitoring-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:39:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/non-invasive-blood-glucose-monitoring-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy

Diabetics can say goodbye to the finger-prick if we design non-invasive glucometers as described here!

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How This New Refrigerator Could Help Prevent the World From Getting Warmer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-this-new-refrigerator-could-help-prevent-the-world-from-getting-warmer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-this-new-refrigerator-could-help-prevent-the-world-from-getting-warmer#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:05:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/how-this-new-refrigerator-could-help-prevent-the-world-from-getting-warmer

Keeping things cool is making the world hot. Phononic wants to help fix that.

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Boosting muscle stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and aging muscles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/boosting-muscle-stem-cells-to-treat-muscular-dystrophy-and-aging-muscles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/boosting-muscle-stem-cells-to-treat-muscular-dystrophy-and-aging-muscles#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:04:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/boosting-muscle-stem-cells-to-treat-muscular-dystrophy-and-aging-muscles

Lying within our muscles are stem cells, invisible engines that drive the tissue’s growth and repair. Understanding the signal(s) that direct muscle stem cells to spring into action could uncover new ways to promote muscle growth. However, these mechanisms are poorly understood.

Now, scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys have uncovered a molecular signaling pathway involving Stat3 and Fam3a proteins that regulates how decide whether to self-renew or differentiate—an insight that could lead to muscle-boosting therapeutics for muscular dystrophies or age-related muscle decline. The study was published in Nature Communications.

“Muscle stem cells can ‘burn out’ trying to regenerate tissue during the or due to chronic muscle disease,” says Alessandra Sacco, Ph.D., senior author of the paper and associate professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys. “We believe we have found promising drug targets that direct to ‘make the right decision’ and stimulate muscle repair, potentially helping muscle tissue regeneration and maintaining tissue function in such as muscular dystrophy and aging.”

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Need more energy storage? Just hit ‘print’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/need-more-energy-storage-just-hit-print https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/need-more-energy-storage-just-hit-print#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:04:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/need-more-energy-storage-just-hit-print

Researchers from Drexel University and Trinity College in Ireland, have created ink for an inkjet printer from a highly conductive type of two-dimensional material called MXene. Recent findings, published in Nature Communications, suggest that the ink can be used to print flexible energy storage components, such as supercapacitors, in any size or shape.

Conductive inks have been around for nearly a decade and they represent a multi-hundred million-dollar market that is expected to grow rapidly into the next decade. It’s already being used to make the radiofrequency identification tags used in highway toll transponders, circuit boards in portable electronics and it lines car windows as embedded radio antennas and to aid defrosting. But for the technology to see broader use, conductive inks need to become more conductive and more easily applied to a range of surfaces.

Yury Gogotsi, Ph.D., Distinguished University and Bach professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who studies the applications of new materials in technology, suggests that the ink created in Drexel’s Nanomaterials Institute is a significant advancement on both of these fronts.

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Graphene Terahertz Cameras Could Become Common https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/graphene-terahertz-cameras-could-become-common https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/graphene-terahertz-cameras-could-become-common#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:04:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/graphene-terahertz-cameras-could-become-common

EU researchers have developed a graphene-enabled detector for terahertz light that is faster and more sensitive than existing room-temperature technologies. This can lead to a fully digital low-cost terahertz camera system. This could be as cheap as the camera inside the smartphone, since such a detector has proven to have a very low power consumption and is fully compatible with CMOS technology.

Detecting terahertz (THz) light is extremely useful for two main reasons. Firstly, THz technology is becoming a key element in applications regarding security (such as airport scanners), wireless data communication, and quality control, to mention just a few. However, current THz detectors have shown strong limitations in terms of simultaneously meeting the requirements for sensitivity, speed, spectral range, being able to operate at room temperature.

Secondly, it is a very safe type of radiation due to its low-energy photons, with more than a hundred times less energy than that of photons in the visible light range.

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Breakthrough research to revolutionise internet communication https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/breakthrough-research-to-revolutionise-internet-communication https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/breakthrough-research-to-revolutionise-internet-communication#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:03:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/breakthrough-research-to-revolutionise-internet-communication

A team of University of Otago/Dodd-Walls Centre scientists have created a novel device that could enable the next generation of faster, more energy efficient internet. Their breakthrough results have been published in the world’s premiere scientific journal Nature this morning.

The internet is one of the single biggest consumers of power in the world. With data capacity expected to double every year and the used to encode and process data reaching its limits, there is huge pressure to find new solutions to increase the speed and capacity of the internet.

Principal Investigator Dr. Harald Schwefel and Dr. Madhuri Kumari’s research has found an answer. They have created a device called a microresonator made out of a tiny disc of crystal. The device transforms a single colour of into a rainbow of 160 different frequencies – each beam totally in sync with each other and perfectly stable. One such device could replace hundreds of power-consuming lasers currently used to encode and send data around the world.

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The quantum internet comes closer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quantum-internet-comes-closer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quantum-internet-comes-closer#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:03:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/the-quantum-internet-comes-closer

The goal of a worldwide “quantum internet” could be one step closer thanks to new experiments by researchers in Japan and Canada who have made the first ever quantum repeaters that work using an all-photonic protocol. The scheme importantly allows for the time-reversed adaptive Bell measurement, which is a key component for all-photonic quantum repeaters. It is based on optical devices alone and does not require any quantum memories or quantum error correction.

The Internet as we know it was not designed to be secure, and hacking, break-ins and espionage are unfortunately par for the course today. A quantum internet would be much more secure – as well as being much faster – since it exploits key features of quantum physics such as quantum entanglement.

Entanglement and quantum memories.

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Light-based, 15-second scan aims to replace painful mammograms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/light-based-15-second-scan-aims-to-replace-painful-mammograms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/light-based-15-second-scan-aims-to-replace-painful-mammograms#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:03:13 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/04/light-based-15-second-scan-aims-to-replace-painful-mammograms

Up to 50% of women skip potentially life-saving mammograms often because the procedure can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Now researchers have developed a painless, light-based, non-radioactive, 15-second procedure that could revolutionize breast cancer screening and save lives.

Although early detection of breast cancer can significantly increase survival, the radioactive X-ray that requires painful squeezing of the breast to get a good picture is an event that women do not look forward to. Now Caltech researcher Lihong Wang, Ph.D., Bren Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering, and his colleagues are using their expertise in imaging tissues with light and sound to address this problem. Their development of a revolutionary breast scanning system known as photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) is reported in the June issue of Nature Communications.2

“The technique developed by Wang and his colleagues combines light and sound to peer noninvasively into tissues without the radioactivity of an X-ray,” explained Behrouz Shabestari, Ph.D., director of the Program in Optical Imaging at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which funded the study. “PACT is also superior to MRI, which is expensive and sometimes requires the injection of contrast agents, commonly gadolinium. Gadolinium cannot be used in individuals with kidney disease and has recently been shown to accumulate in the bones and brain with unknown long-term effects.”

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