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Aug 27, 2016

A Brain Circuit to Push Past Nutritional Stress

Posted by in categories: biological, food, neuroscience

When we go hungry, we have the ability to ignore the urge to eat such that we can carry out the task at hand. It has long been known that the brain is involved in such decisions. But how the brain coordinates the response to nutritional stress so that the body can function normally is not understood very well. Now, researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, have discovered a brain circuit that allows fruit flies to take a major .

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Aug 27, 2016

This russian billionaire has a plan to explore Proxima b, our closest Earth-like planet

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Back in April, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner pledged US$100 million toward a crazy plan to visit another star system.

The mission — Breakthrough Starshot — aims to get this done by propelling teeny, tiny spaceships to 20 percent the speed of light with powerful lasers.

Milner and famed physicist Stephen Hawking initially said their destination would be Alpha Centauri: a star system located some 4.37 light-years (25.7 trillion miles) away from Earth.

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Aug 27, 2016

Tesla Unveils the World’s Fastest Production Car: 0 to 60 in 2.5 Seconds

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

It’s also the first electric automobile with a range of more than 300 miles.

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Aug 27, 2016

Google says robots are going to be bigger than search

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Billions on billions.

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Aug 27, 2016

DeLorean Motor Company will release new car in 2017

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law, transportation

The first prototype of DeLorean appeared in October 1976, and production officially began in 1981 in Dunmurry, a suburb of south west Belfast, Northern Ireland (with the first DMC-12 rolling off the production line on January 21). The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass chassis and underbody structure, along with a brushed stainless steel body.

DMC became famous for its appearance and was modified as a time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. A little more than 8,500 DMC-12s left DeLorean’s factory in Northern Ireland between 1981 and 1983, until its founder John DeLorean’s was arrested by the FBI on charges of drug trafficking.

Actually, it is quite impressing that Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company could soon initiate again its production thanks to a new law which exempts small volume car manufacturers from the safety requirements applied to the newly cars. On January 27, 2016, in Humble, Texas location, the car maker announced that production will resume and “new” DMC-12’s will be rolling off the assembly line in early 2017.

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Aug 27, 2016

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked

Posted by in category: media & arts

Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.

Although it seems impossible to think that anything could be left to discover after thousands of years of wind, sun, sand, and art students, finding the long lost patterns on a piece of ancient Greek sculpture can be as easy as shining a lamp on it. A technique called ‘raking light’ has been used to analyze art for a long time. A lamp is positioned carefully enough that the path of the light is almost parallel to the surface of the object. When used on paintings, this makes brushstrokes, grit, and dust obvious. On statues, the effect is more subtle. Brush-strokes are impossible to see, but because different paints wear off at different rates, the stone is raised in some places – protected from erosion by its cap of paint – and lowered in others. Elaborate patterns become visible.

Ultraviolet is also used to discern patterns. UV light makes many organic compounds fluoresce. Art dealers use UV lights to check if art has been touched up, since older paints have a lot of organic compounds and modern paints have relatively little. On ancient Greek statues, tiny fragments of pigment still left on the surface glow bright, illuminating more detailed patterns.

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Aug 27, 2016

These 3D-printed structures return to their original shapes after being distorted

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Luv this.

A team of engineers has used light to print 3D structures that “remember” their original shapes even after being stretched, twisted and bent at extreme angles.

(Representative image)(Representative image)

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Aug 27, 2016

Now You Can Print Parts For Your Motherboards With 3D Printer

Posted by in category: 3D printing

This could be bad news for some companies.

Many people love the flexibility of building their PC. They know that they can say what they want, how they want it. Each individual component in the PC can be customized to how the user wants it. Some people build them to achieve the top specifications while others will build them as cheaply as possible as are on a budget. Whatever the reason for building a PC, a little help has now been offered by ASUS, which will allow you to use 3D printing to print simply the components you need.

What ASUS plans to do is provide CAD files to customers to use their 3D printer to print their very own motherboard components. But, the printing is more for aesthetic reasons rather than anything else. The idea behind it is that consumers will be able to create a personalized look for their motherboard, or print other components in a particular color. Some suggestions also include being able to print company logo’s on parts also.

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Aug 27, 2016

Full-size, 3D-printed Stargate portal replica took 1,000 hours to create

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Art imitated in life again.

A 3D-printed, 20-foot Stargate portal replica is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at Belgium’s Musée royal de Mariemont.

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Aug 27, 2016

3D design and 3D printing have become viable tools for nuclear sector, specialists say

Posted by in category: 3D printing


3D design and 3D printing technologies have finally become viable tools for the nuclear sector, and various research projects have shown that they have the potential to greatly increase maintenance efficiency and reduce production costs.

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