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Aug 11, 2016

Biologics on-demand: DARPA and MIT look to manufacture on the battlefield

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The US Department of Defense has developed a portable, on-demand biopharmaceutical production system that could be used in warzones to make treatments at point-of-care.

The platform was developed as part of a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program to provide far-forward-deployed Service members “what they need when they need it, obviating the need for individual drug stockpiling, cold storage, and complex logistics,” Tyler McQuade, program manager for DARPA’s Battlefield Medicine program, told Biopharma-Reporter.com.

The platform, developed in conjunction with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), consists of a biologics expression system engineered to secrete multiple therapeutic proteins and a millilitre-scale perfusion microfluidic platform.

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Aug 11, 2016

MI5 ‘mind reading unit’ foils potential terrorist attacks

Posted by in category: terrorism

Up to seven potential terror attacks across Britain have been uncovered and stopped over the past year by a special MI5 unit which reads the minds of would-be attackers, the agency says.

MI5’s Behavioural Science Unit (BSU), made up of criminologists, psychologists and other academics, was launched in 2004 to analyse suspects’ behaviours to determine whether they are about to carry out an attack.

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Aug 11, 2016

Toward practical quantum computers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Built-in optics could enable chips that use trapped ions as quantum bits…


Researchers from MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory report an important step toward practical quantum computers, with a paper describing a prototype chip that can trap ions in an electric field and, with built-in optics, direct laser light toward each of them.

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Aug 11, 2016

Ready for a Human Hybrid? Human-Animal Chimeras May Now Be Possible

Posted by in category: futurism

There are calls to lift NIH’s restrictions on the controversial chimera studies. But are we ready for this most controversial study yet?

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Aug 11, 2016

Do thoughts come from your brain or a universal consciousness?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Neuroscientist Andrew B. Newberg provides the answer.

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Aug 10, 2016

How to turn green light blue

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

The upconversion of photons allows for a more efficient use of light: Two photons are converted into a single photon having higher energy. Researchers at KIT now showed for the first time that the inner interfaces between surface-mounted metal-organic frameworks (SURMOFs) are suited perfectly for this purpose — they turned green light blue. The result, which is now being published in Advanced Materials (“Photon Upconversion at Crystalline Organic–Organic Heterojunctions”), opens up new opportunities for optoelectronic applications such as solar cells or LEDs.

Photon upconversion: energy transfer between the molecules is based on electron exchange

Photon upconversion: energy transfer between the molecules is based on electron exchange (Dexter electron transfer). (Image: Michael Oldenburg)

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Aug 10, 2016

Social Entrepreneurs Need To Be Futurists, Too

Posted by in category: futurism

What if we tried to prevent future problems, instead of just solving the ones in front of us?

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Aug 10, 2016

With new water generators, Carrollton startup can unlock the ocean above your head

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

In the blackland prairie of Texas, an ocean is thousands of miles away. But Benjamin Blumenthal, co-founder and chief executive officer of SunToWater Technologies, says we’re all standing under the sixth ocean — the one that’s above our heads.

The Carrollton startup makes an appliance that unlocks that water supply. The company’s water generators — each about the size of a central air conditioning unit — use air, salt and solar power to produce gallons of drinkable water. They could bring water to rural communities without a municipal water supply, regions stricken by drought or developing countries with water contamination.

But the company will target a higher-end market first: Homeowners with large lawns to water and swimming pools to fill. Blumenthal said SunToWater is focusing on customers in California and Texas, two states that have coped with an unpredictable, and often limited, water supply and the water restrictions and high utility bills that come with it.

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Aug 10, 2016

Black holes are portals to another UNIVERSE – but you DON’T want to travel through

Posted by in category: cosmology

Not for me.


BLACK holes are portals to different parts of the universe – but if anything was to travel through it would be DOOMED.

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Aug 10, 2016

Making the cloud safe for intel

Posted by in category: futurism

The intelligence community’s tech think tank wants a new model for keeping data safe in the cloud.

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