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Feb 9, 2016

NASA’s Next Great Telescope Will Settle This Alien Megastructure Mystery For Good

Posted by in category: alien life

The James Webb Space Telescope will finally crack the mystery of Tabby’s Star. We think.

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Feb 9, 2016

Tesla’s next car will be a lot cheaper than expected

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s next car will be a lot cheaper than previously expected.

In fact, it could cost as little as $25,000.

CEO Elon Musk confirmed last year that its first mass market car, the Model 3, would price at about $35,000.

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Feb 9, 2016

Scientists create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products

Posted by in category: food

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

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Feb 9, 2016

Researchers Just Discovered Hundreds of Galaxies Hidden Behind the Milky Way

Posted by in category: space

The Xeelee had to build their damned ring SOMEWHERE…

The “Xeelee Sequence” novels. by Stephen Baxter, are some of the best hard science fiction ever written. If you haven’t read them, do so. Immediately. In the meantime (even if you’ve already read the entire Xeelee series) check out this atmospheric musical composition by Oliver Lugg, inspired by the above mentioned science fiction series. It’s quite beautiful:

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Feb 9, 2016

Researchers resolve longstanding issue of components needed to regenerate muscle

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute (SBP) have conclusively identified the protein complex that controls the genes needed to repair skeletal muscle. The discovery clears up deep-rooted conflicting data and will now help streamline efforts towards boosting stem cell-mediated muscle regeneration. Such strategies could treat muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophies, and those associated with aging and cancer.

The research, published today in eLife, describes the essential role of a TBP-containing TFIID-protein complex in activating genes that regenerate muscle tissue, and shows that an alternative protein called TBP2 is not involved in this task in adult muscles.

“Our discovery clarifies the identity of the ‘molecular switches’ that control the activation of muscle genes in (MuSCs),” said Barbora Malecova, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Pier Lorenzo Puri, M.D., professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at SBP, and first author of the article. “Understanding what drives muscle gene expression gives us insights into molecular targets for regenerative medicine-based interventions (drugs) to treat muscle degenerative disorders.”

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Feb 9, 2016

Dubai Museum of Future: The future is bright, it’s here!

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Dubai is definitely on my bucket list to see in my lifetime.

Dubai’s museum of Future zooms you into world of artificial intelligence.

“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”

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Feb 9, 2016

Bionic Spine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

This bionic spine could help paralyzed patients walk again.

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Feb 9, 2016

In honor of Chinese New Year, here are 540 dancing robots!

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In celebration to the Chinese New Year — here are the dancing bot dance team.

Here’s an idea for next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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Feb 9, 2016

Why don’t we have a vaccine for Zika?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Interesting. Hope they cure this!

Suresh Mahalingam and Michael Rolph discuss how the development of a Zika vaccine compares with the other mosquito-borne viruses.

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Feb 9, 2016

Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, military, neuroscience

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs, with their minds. And now, DARPA’s saying scientists have found a way to do just that—without ripping open patients’ skulls.

In the DARPA-funded study, researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed a device that could help people use their brains to control machines. These machines might include technology that helps patients control physical disabilities or neurological disorders. The results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

In the study, the team inserted a paperclip-sized object into the motor cortexes of sheep. (That’s the part of the brain that oversees voluntary movement.) The device is a twist on traditional stents, those teeny tiny tubes that surgeons stick in vessels to improve blood flow.

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