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Feb 23, 2018

For The First Time Ever, Astronomers Have Observed a Black Hole Ejecting Matter Twice

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Black holes don’t just sit there munching away constantly on the space around them. Eventually they run out of nearby matter and go quiet, lying in wait until a stray bit of gas passes by.

Then a black hole devours again, belching out a giant jet of particles. And now scientists have captured one doing so not once, but twice — the first time this has been observed.

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Feb 23, 2018

Dyson bets on electric cars to shake up industry

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability, transportation

Engineering pioneer will produce 3 vehicles from scratch in bold £2 billion venture, Financial Times reports.

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Feb 23, 2018

Quantum computers offer next level processing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Quantum computing will transform our computing capabilities.

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Feb 23, 2018

New drug could help you burn fat without exercise or suppressing your appetite

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Credit: Hashem Al-Ghaili

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Feb 23, 2018

New Challenges May Lie Ahead for Use of CRISPR in Humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law

In our weekly news roundup: researching immunity to CRISPR, this year’s flu season, the legal battle over frozen embryos, and more.

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Feb 23, 2018

Aerospace Company to Launch Private, Inflatable Space Stations

Posted by in category: space

Bigelow Aerospace announced plans for sending soft-bodied modules that are compressed during launch but expand once they reach space.

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Feb 23, 2018

Unexpected Ways That Artificial Intelligence Will Change Your Life In The Next 10 Years

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

We wanted to delve a little deeper into the future of AI, so we spoke to some experts working in the industry about how it’s expected to affect your dating, work and personal life very soon…

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Feb 23, 2018

Andreessen Horowitz invests in in digital custody startup Anchor Labs

Posted by in category: futurism

Andreessen Horowitz has invested in Anchor Labs, a stealthy startup planning to provide digital asset custody, according to multiple sources. The startup is raising up to $17 million in Series A funding, according to a Delaware filing from December that Axios obtained from Lagniappe Labs, though it’s not clear whether the round has closed yet and who else participated.

Hot commodity: Anchor Labs opted to raise funds after acquisition talks with Coinbase didn’t end in a deal. In November, Coinbase unveiled its own plans to provide custody services to institutional investors.

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Feb 23, 2018

MIT predicts 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018

Posted by in categories: genetics, innovation

The MIT Technology Review has released a list of technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months, including smarter cities, genetic fortune telling and “babel fish” earphones.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine has published the annual list online in its March/April 2018 issue, and based its contents on the innovations that will shape the coming year.

“What Tech Review looks for when selecting the list is to identify what will have a profound effect on our lives,” said a statement from the institution, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Feb 23, 2018

Enzyme Designed Entirely From Scratch Opens a World of Biological Possibility

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution

Ann Donnelly was utterly confused the first time she examined her protein. On all counts, it behaved like an enzyme—a protein catalyst that speeds up biological reactions in cells. One could argue that enzymes, sculpted by eons of evolution, make life possible.

There was just one problem: her protein wasn’t evolved. It wasn’t even “natural.” It was, in fact, a completely artificial construct made with random sequences of DNA—something that’s never existed in nature before.

Donnelly was looking at the first artificial enzyme. An artificial protein that, by all accounts, should not be able to play nice with the intricate web of biochemical components and reactions that support life.

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