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Aug 24, 2016

IGEM RESEARCH ARTICLE: Development and Characterization of Fluorescent and Luminescent Biosensors for Estrogenic Activity

Posted by in category: futurism

A nice write up on the research development and characterization of Fluorescent and Luminescent Biosensors especially in the area of field testing of waterways & sources. Key challenge for most field engineers and scientists has been having no portable and reliable systems to test water for compounds with endocrine which impacts activities such as fish feminization out in the field. This type of testing has required more in depth analysis usually in a lab. With this research and development that can all change saving on time and expense.


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Aug 24, 2016

Scientists Develop DNA Analog Circuit Which Performs Mathematical Calculations In A Test Tube

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mathematics

Luv it!


There’s quite a lot of other things we don’t know DNA are being used for, like solving math problems for one.

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Aug 24, 2016

Gene editing will challenge ethics at Biological Weapons Convention

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, ethics, genetics

Anyone attending the Bioweapons Convention in December?


He signatory nations of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) will meet …to discuss the state of bioweapons globally…he world has radically changed s.

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Aug 24, 2016

World not prepared for biological attacks, new technology threats: Ban Ki-moon

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biological, government, robotics/AI, security, space

CISO & CSO at many companies are certainly going to have their work cut out for them in the long-term future as more and more new tech such as 3D Printing, Synthetic Bio, etc. are adopted into companies; really brings a new level of security concerns not only in government; but also the private sector.


He pointed out that while there were international organisations to prevent the spread of nuclear and chemical weapons, there was no such agency to deal with biological weapons.

Speaking at the Council debate on weapons of mass destruction (WMD), he sought to expand its definition beyond nuclear, chemical and biological to embrace the threats arising from 21st century science, technology and globalisation.

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Aug 24, 2016

New Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Be Discovery of the Century

Posted by in category: space

In what’s being hailed as one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century, scientists with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today confirmed the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri-our nearest neighboring star. Details of the team’s discovery were just published in Nature.

Rumors of a possible Earth-like exoplanet first surfaced on August 12 in the German weekly Der Spiegel. Citing an anonymous source with the La Silla Observatory research team, the magazine claimed the rumored planet “is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface-an important requirement for the emergence of life.”

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Aug 24, 2016

A breakthrough in the use of glass for power storage could unleash a torrent of innovation in the transportation and energy sectors

Posted by in categories: business, energy, information science, transportation

I never get tired of reading about the glass energy solutions.


Harnessing Big Data Power Promises Greater Rewards for Environment & Businesses

‘Ideal’ energy storage material for electric vehicles developed.

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Aug 24, 2016

The iBrain is Here And it’s Already Inside Your Phone — By Steven Level | Backchannel

Posted by in categories: business, machine learning, robotics/AI

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“An exclusive inside look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning work at Apple”

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Aug 24, 2016

Should We Build a Dyson Sphere?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

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Aug 24, 2016

The NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, government, information science, internet, privacy, quantum physics, security

Hope they’re working with QC researchers in Los Alamos and DARPA; it is the US Government which is known for its silos and multi-layer bureaucracies.


Quantum computing is a novel way to build computers — one that takes advantage of the quantum properties of particles to perform operations on data in a very different way than traditional computers. In some cases, the algorithm speedups are extraordinary.

Specifically, a quantum computer using something called Shor’s algorithm can efficiently factor numbers, breaking RSA. A variant can break Diffie-Hellman and other discrete log-based cryptosystems, including those that use elliptic curves. This could potentially render all modern public-key algorithms insecure. Before you panic, note that the largest number to date that has been factored by a quantum computer is 143. So while a practical quantum computer is still science fiction, it’s not stupid science fiction.

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Aug 24, 2016

DARPA Wants You! To Down Rogue Drones

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Ever wanted to down a neighborhood nuisance drone and couldn’t? Or maybe you have some frustration that has built over time and want to release it. Well, here is your chance. DARPA wants you to down a rogue drone.


The Pentagon’s futuristic think tank is thinking about how to stop errant drones and it wants the public’s help. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Tactical Technology Office this week announced a request for information to help create “novel, flexible, mobile layered” anti-drone soluti…

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