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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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Aug 30, 2016

Regenerative Bandage Heals Wounds 4x Faster

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists from Northwestern University have been able to create a heat-sensitive bandage that coaxes naturally-occurring stem cells to heal wounds faster.

Technology that allows wounds to heal faster is in great need, especially for those patients that are susceptible to complications from seemingly simple injuries. For diabetics, small bruises and cuts can be life-threatening. What if there was a way to speed up healing these wounds?

The answer may lie in this new bandage. Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a heat-responsive bandage that helps wounds heal faster.

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Aug 30, 2016

Scientists Reprogram Brain With a Beam of Light –“Human Brain is Plastic, Not Hardwired”

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Neurons that fire together wire together, say scientists at Columbia University, suggesting that the three-pound computer in our heads may be more malleable than we think. Their findings suggest that groups of activated neurons may form the basic building blocks of learning and memory.

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Aug 30, 2016

Scientists Discover That We Can Control Gene Editing With Light

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

A team of researchers from MIT have developed a new technique on the genome-editing system known as CRISPR, which offers precise manipulation of when and where gene editing occurs.

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Aug 30, 2016

Nanostructured Device Purifies Water With Light

Posted by in categories: biological, nanotechnology

In many parts of the world, the only way to make germy water safe is by boiling, which consumes precious fuel, or by putting it out in the sun in a plastic bottle so ultraviolet rays will kill the microbes. But because UV rays carry only 4 percent of the sun’s total energy, the UV method takes six to 48 hours, limiting the amount of water people can disinfect this way.

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Aug 30, 2016

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Let’s Make Self-Driving Living Rooms

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, transportation

The imminent arrival of the self-driving car will change how people move around city streets, but they could do so much more.

The Tridika is a conceptual driverless electric vehicle I created to change how we use cars in our ever-growing cities, where space is expensive and limited. Inspired by Thyssenkrupp’s Willy Wonka-esque Multi elevator, the Tridika works like a self-driving car you can literally park next to your apartment and use as an additional room.

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Aug 30, 2016

Injectable Nanowires Monitor Mouse Brains for Months

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, neuroscience

Implantable device could teach about brain development and disease.

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Aug 30, 2016

Elon Musk Is “Making Progress” on a Neural Lace Brain Hack

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, neuroscience

“Creating a neural lace is the thing that really matters for humanity to achieve symbiosis with machines,” Musk wrote.

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Aug 30, 2016

Flying with the Fourth State of Matter

Posted by in category: transportation

By harnessing the power of plasma, engineers may be on the cusp of a revolution in aircraft design and more.

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Aug 30, 2016

Elon Musk Hints That Tesla Updates Will Soon Lead To Level 4 Autonomy

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, is alluding to a big announcement about level 4 autonomy later this year. For now though, the technology is still in need of software improvements.

Tesla Motors has been starring in headlines recently, thanks to crashes attributed to the autopilot system, the announcement of the ambitious Master Plan, and the company’s acquisition of SolarCity. Now, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, is attracting even more media attention.

When asked about Tesla’s progress toward Level 4 fully autonomous driving on a conference call, Musk teased, “what we’ve got will blow people’s minds, it blows my mind …it’ll come sooner than people think.”

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