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May 24, 2016

Powering nanotechnology with the world’s smallest engine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

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In the minuscule world of nanotechnology, big steps are rare. But a recent development has the potential to massively improve our lives: an engine measuring 200 billionths of a metre, which could power tiny robots to fight diseases in living cells.

Life itself is proof of the extreme effectiveness of nanotechnology — the manipulation of matter on a molecular or atomic scale — in which DNA, proteins and enzymes can all be considered as machinery. In fact, researchers have managed to make micro-propellers using tiny strands of DNA. These strands can be stitched together so freely and precisely that the practise is known as “DNA origami”. However, DNA origami lacks force and operational speed (it takes time measurable in seconds), reducing its robotic function.

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May 24, 2016

Precise atom implants in silicon provide a first step toward practical quantum computers

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

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Sandia National Laboratories has taken a first step toward creating a practical quantum computer, able to handle huge numbers of computations instantaneously.

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May 24, 2016

Where Is New Physics Hiding, And How Can We Find It?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

The Standard Models of particle physics and cosmology don’t add up to all there is. What might be the next giant leap forward?

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May 24, 2016

US biochemist wins award for rewriting DNA to mimic evolution

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, evolution

US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold on Tuesday won a million-euro technology prize in Finland for her work on “directed evolution”, a method of rewriting DNA to improve medicines and develop green fuels.

“Frances Arnold receives the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of ‘directed evolution’, which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory,” the Technology Academy Finland, which awards the prize at two-year intervals, said in a statement.

Arnold, 59, who is a professor of chemical engineering at California Institute of Technology, said her work made it possible to “solve human problems”, such as replacing toxic chemicals like fossil fuels.

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May 24, 2016

Could Wi-Fi be replaced

Posted by in category: internet

Will Wi-Fi routers be outdone by a network of smart light bulbs?

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May 23, 2016

Harvard Team Takes Major Step toward Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cientistas de Harvard University criou uma nova plataforma para superar a resistência aos antibióticos.

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May 23, 2016

Sneak peek: A first look at YouTube’s VR interface within Daydream

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

On Thursday, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc.

At first, it will also only run on a select number of devices — most of which are touch-enabled (think Google’s own Chromebook Pixel, the Asus Chromebook Flip and Acer’s R11).

Like numerous other announcements Google made at its I/O developers conference this week, the Android apps integration feature won’t be available for users until this fall. For the layman, that means that while you may be able to install Android apps, some of them might not be ideal until developers eventually get around to making things work correctly. You’ll be able to make a Skype call, work with Office files, be productive offline, and play games like Minecraft or Hearthstone.

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May 23, 2016

U.S. lawmaker orders NASA to plan for trip to Alpha Centauri

Posted by in category: space travel

Representative John Culberson (R–TX) wants agency to envision a spacecraft that can travel at 10% light-speed.

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May 23, 2016

Size quantization of Dirac fermions in graphene

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

Printed Electronics World Tags.

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May 23, 2016

American Entrepreneurs Will Build the Fountain of Youth in Fiji

Posted by in category: life extension

There’s no better place to get your telomeres lengthened (without going to jail).

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