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May 25, 2016

Investigating how ‘chemo brain’ develops in cancer patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Interesting read on Chemo’s impact on the brain and brain functioning known as Chemo Brain.


During and after chemotherapy, many cancer patients describe feeling a mental fog, a condition that has been dubbed “chemo brain.” Why this happens is unclear, but researchers have found a new clue to understanding this syndrome. A study in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience reports that chemotherapy in rats affects their chemical messengers dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with cognition.

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May 25, 2016

Bangladesh baby’s skull is the size of a football because of excess fluid

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Purely tragic. Hopefully, doctors without borders or experts can assist this child.


A baby boy’s head has swollen to more than three times its normal size due to a medical condition.

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May 25, 2016

CRISPR Crossing New Barriers

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Nice.


Emma Yasinski is a scientific writer at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Correspondence should be directed to Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D. ([email protected]), scientific director, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

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May 25, 2016

Poverty marks a gene, predicting depression

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics, neuroscience

Not surprised;


A long line of research links poverty and depression. Now, a study by Duke University scientists shows how biology might underlie the depression experienced by high-risk adolescents whose families are socio-economically disadvantaged.

The study, published May 24, 2016 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, combined genetics, brain imaging and behavioral data gathered as adolescents were followed for more than three years as part of a larger study.

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May 25, 2016

4 Things to Consider Before Turning Over your Business to Bots

Posted by in categories: business, evolution, robotics/AI

Why the bot evolution must be human-led.

By Rob LoCascio.

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May 25, 2016

New Printable Solar Panels Are Ready To Hit The Market!

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Australian solar technicians with the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium have announced that they will soon put a new printable solar cell technology on the market.

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May 25, 2016

Large-scale technique to produce quantum dots

Posted by in categories: electronics, quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

Nice new method in producing Q-Dots which seems to be more cost effective, efficient and reliable.


Large-scale technique to produce quantum dots.

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May 25, 2016

Nanotechnology could enable use of Solar Energy at night

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

Using the power of nano to solar power our homes at night.


MIT researchers have built a new experimental solar cell which could greatly enhance power efficiency. The “Shockley-Queisser’ limit is the estimated maximum efficiency of a solar cell, which is commonly about 32%; that means almost 70% of energy is wasted in the form of heat.

One way to reduce energy loss is by stacking cells. However if sunlight could be turned into heat and then be re-emitted as light, the solar cells could utilize more energy. Solar cells work best with visible light which occurs midway of the radiation spectrum. As a result the radiations with shorter and greater wavelengths usually go to waste.

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May 25, 2016

How nanotechnology can help us grow more food using less energy and water

Posted by in categories: energy, food, nanotechnology

This is a big deal.


Growing enough food to feed 9 billion people by 2050 will require huge amounts of energy and water. Using nanoparticles to boost plant growth and yield could save resources and reduce water pollution.

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May 25, 2016

High-power, diffraction-free femtosecond vortex for laser materials processing

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, mobile phones

Non-diffracting Bessel vortex beams exhibit diverse propagation regimes in glass that can be observed with a novel imaging strategy.

High-power femtosecond pulses have become a key tool in processing of transparent materials (e.g., glass and sapphire) for the present and the next generation of consumer electronics.1 Associated major industrial challenges include high-quality and high-speed cutting of screen glass for smartphones, camera windows, or drilling of through-vias (vertical interconnect access) in interposers for the circuitry of 3D electronic chips. Ultrafast laser pulses (on picosecond or femtosecond timescales) allow for structuring transparent materials with high levels of accuracy. When the laser pulses propagate into the transparent dielectrics, they usually undergo high distortions.2 These distortions arise because of the nonlinear Kerr self-focusing effect and because of the interaction of the pulse with the plasma, which the pulses generate in the material. The propagation is therefore highly nonlinear and prevents uniform energy deposition along the beam propagation.

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