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Aug 30, 2016

MIT’s 3D-Printed Shape-Shifting Objects Could Revolutionize Medicine

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, cyborgs

Using light, a team of MIT researchers were able to print 3D structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures sprang back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature “sweet spot.”

Beyond 3D-printed dinners, additive manufacturing has helped create artificial jaws, better prosthetics, and even brain tumors. Researchers at MIT have found a way to print 3D structures that remember their original shapes within seconds of being heated at a specific temperature “sweet spot,” paving the way towards developing tiny drug capsules that open upon early signs of infection.

Researchers often turn to 3D printing to fabricate shape-memory structures since the technology lets them to custom-design structures with relatively fine detail. The only problem is that conventional 3D printers come with size restrictions—the structures’ details can’t go any smaller than a few millimeters, and the restriction limits how fast the material can recover its original shape.

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Aug 30, 2016

In a very high magnetic field a ‘massless’ electron can acquire a mass

Posted by in category: particle physics

An international team of researchers have for the first time, discovered that in a very high magnetic field an electron with no mass can acquire a mass. Understanding why elementary particles e.g. electrons, photons, neutrinos have a mass is a fundamental question in Physics and an area of intense debate. This discovery by Prof Stefano Sanvito, Trinity College Dublin and collaborators in Shanghai was published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications this month.

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Aug 30, 2016

Physicists Force Water Molecules Into a Strange New State of Matter

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Physicists have teased water molecules into a new state—one that has some very peculiar quantum mechanical properties.

For the most part, water on Earth comes in three varieties—solid ice, gaseous vapor, and (everybody’s favorite) liquid form. We’ve all known this since basically forever.

But now physicists, who love throwing monkey-wrenches into things and mucking with our cherished notions of everyday existence, have come up with another doozy—a brand new state of water.

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Aug 30, 2016

Scientists Have Figured Out What We Need to Achieve Secure Quantum Teleportation

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

Researchers have demonstrated the requirements for secure quantum teleportation using quantum steering.

An international collaboration of researcher from China, Europe, and Australia have demonstrated the precise requirements needed to secure quantum teleportation, a concept that is essential to the future of a quantum internet that lets information to be transmitted securely.

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Aug 30, 2016

Quick Pro Quo: Software Writes Text 3x Faster Than Any Human Can

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Researchers have discovered that voice recognition software Deep Speech 2 has improved to a point that it has become significantly faster and more accurate at producing text on a mobile device than humans are at typing on a keyboard.

Earlier this year, we watched a world-renowned Go mastermind get pummeled in a complex game by an artificial intelligence (AI). Now, humans are about to lose in yet another battle with the machines—and this time, it’s over typing.

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Aug 30, 2016

This Company Wants To Turn Your Car Into A Driverless Car

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

‘Drive.AI’ sells a kit to convert your beater. Also: it wants to put emoji on top of it.

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Aug 30, 2016

Star in a Jar: Space-Age Fusion Machine Underway

Posted by in category: energy

U.S. Dept. of Energy announces major new initiative toward clean, safe and virtually limitless power.

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Aug 30, 2016

This App Lets You Have Your Own Holographic Pet Dinosaur

Posted by in category: augmented reality

Actiongram was developed specifically for Microsoft’s Hololens, and it comes with a host of remarkable holograms…holograms that you can transport to the center of your living room.

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Aug 30, 2016

Move over silicon: Machine learning boom means we need new chips

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

The rise of artificial intelligence and impending end of Moore’s law means silicon chips are nearing the end of the line. Here are some alternatives.

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Aug 30, 2016

Genetic Engineering Creates Piglets That Are Immune to Deadly Disease

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, sustainability

Researchers genetically modify piglets to be resistant to an incurable disease plaguing hog farms, Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRSS). The researchers cut out a specific gene to cure the pigs.

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