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May 29, 2016

More Efficient CRISPR Gene Editing May Potentially Help Cure Diseases

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

Awesome.


Researchers have developed a new gene editing tool that is more efficient and easier to use. CRISPR-EZ addresses the issue of target RNA accuracy and embryo viability in IVF transgenic mice.

( andrew modzelewski/lin he | university of california berkeley )

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May 29, 2016

Computers may be given ‘human’ rights, says professor

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Here we go again; push to give computers the same human rights in the US like other US citizens enjoy. It truly begs the question “when have we gone too far?”


Technically Incorrect: An Oxford University professor says artificial intelligence may reach the stage where computers have consciousness and therefore should be treated as living beings.

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May 29, 2016

These elevators operate without cables

Posted by in category: futurism

Meet the world’s first cable-less elevator. https://www.facebook.com//videos/572842456228291/


Did you know that most elevators use cables to operate?

Meet the world’s first cable-less elevator.

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May 29, 2016

Happy Or Sad? This Face Recognition Technology Reads Your Emot…

Posted by in category: futurism

Meet FaceRecog — the machine that knows exactly which of 64 emotions you’re feeling today.

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May 29, 2016

Meet the startups 3D printing living cells, editing genes and growing meat in laboratories

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biological, cybercrime/malcode, food

Hacking o ser humano: a startups de impressão 3D de células vivas, edição de genes e de carne crescente em laboratórios.

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May 29, 2016

NASA inflates spare room in space

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, robotics/AI, space

With 3D printers (like the one in India) printing buildings while leveraging AI technology we could see the building of complexes in space v. needing an inflatable room.


NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.

The flexible habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), completed slowly extending 67 inches (170 centimeters) at 4:10 pm (2010 GMT) following more than seven hours during which astronaut Jeff Williams released short blasts of air into the pod’s walls from the orbiting lab using a manual valve.

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May 29, 2016

New discovery from the molecular machinery for depression and addiction

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

When nerve cells have to communicate with each other in our brains, it involves release of neurotransmitters acting as messengers at neural synapses. Here the released neurotransmitter is bound and registered by receptors at the surface of the receiving nerve cell. This will, in turn, trigger a signal which is sent on to other nerve cells. The circuits in the brain using the neurotransmitters noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA and serotonin are known to play an important role in mood, reward and mental well-being, and they also have a key role to in mental disorders such as addiction and depression.

See Also: Obesity is associated with brain’s neurotransmitters

After release of neurotransmitters between nerve cells, they must, however, be removed again to end the signal. This is done by a family of transport proteins which function as molecular vacuum cleaners in the cell membrane of the nerve cell where they pump the neurotransmitter back into the nerve cell for later reuse. This transport is of great importance to the signaling between the nerve cells, but happens relatively slowly. A collaborative project between researchers from Aarhus University has made it possible to explain what happens in the crucial rate-limiting step in the transport process for neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, GABA and dopamine which are all transported by related proteins with the same mechanism.

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May 29, 2016

Automating DNA origami opens door to many new uses

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science

MIT biological engineers have developed an algorithm for building DNA nanoparticles automatically, paving the way to many more applications for “DNA origami.”

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May 29, 2016

It took just 17 days to create world’s first 3D office in Dubai [video]

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

Awesome.


The 3D-printed office was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the United States. To ensure reliability, the materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the United Kingdom.

A 3D-printer measuring 20-feet high, 120-feet long and 40-feet wide was used to print the building that featured an automated robotic arm to implement printing process.

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May 29, 2016

Space beamed energy bootstrapping video

Posted by in categories: energy, space

This video animation was created for SunSat Design Competition, held by National Space Society. Concept: Keith Henson.

1000 × 15 ton skylon payloads.

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