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Aug 2, 2021

Doctors altered a person’s genes with CRISPR for the first time in the U.S. Here’s what could be next

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

Last week, a young woman with sickle cell anemia became the first person in the United States to have her cells altered with CRISPR gene editing technology. Here’s what that means for the future treatment of genetic diseases.

Aug 2, 2021

Scientists Ponder Why Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Looks like a Giant Dong

Posted by in category: space travel

Jeff Bezos’s rocket looked particularly eager to blast off.

Aug 2, 2021

Galileo Project: A new hunt for alien objects in the universe

Posted by in categories: alien life, government

Harvard professor Avi Loeb launches new project to search for extraterrestrial life.

An effort announced Monday called the Galileo Project aims to search for and investigate physical objects that could be the result of an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization.

It’s helmed by Avi Loeb, a professor at Harvard University’s department of astronomy, who was recently the subject of scrutiny for claiming that interstellar comet ‘Oumuamua was in fact a piece of annihilated alien technology.

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Aug 1, 2021

Could Covid vaccine be taken as a pill?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Right now, protection against Covid-19 comes via an injection. But in future, those vaccines could come from inhalers or even pills.

In a white, airy laboratory in Medicon Village, one of southern Sweden’s largest science parks, chemist Ingemo Andersson holds up a thin, plastic inhaler, half the size of a matchbox.

Her team is hoping this tiny product could play a big role in the global fight against coronavirus allowing people to take powdered versions of future vaccines at home.

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Aug 1, 2021

DeepMind’s Vibrant New Virtual World Trains Flexible AI With Endless Play

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation

The paper’s authors said they’ve created an endlessly challenging virtual playground for AI. The world, called XLand, is a vibrant video game managed by an AI overlord and populated by algorithms that must learn the skills to navigate it.

The game-managing AI keeps an eye on what the game-playing algorithms are learning and automatically generates new worlds, games, and tasks to continuously confront them with new experiences.

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Aug 1, 2021

Africa’s Great Green Wall: Stopping the Spread of the Sahara

Posted by in category: business

The Great Green Wall. Africa’s answer to fight desertification.

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Aug 1, 2021

Engineers develop a simple way to desalinate water using solar energy

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Distillation of water using solar energy is considered one of the most popular desalination methods today.

Power engineers at Ural Federal University (UrFU), together with colleagues from Iraq, have developed a new desalination technology, which is claimed to be much more effective than others, by incorporating a rotating cylinder. The method proposed by the UrFU power engineers will significantly reduce the cost of desalination and will increase production volumes by four times.

The experimental new solar distiller incorporates a rectangular basin, inside of which is a horizontally oriented black steel cylinder. The basin is filled with undrinkable water, and the cylinder is slowly rotated by a solar-powered DC motor.

Aug 1, 2021

Humans are not the only animals that self-medicate

Posted by in category: futurism

Lots of animals use plants to heal themselves.

Research shows that sparrows and other animals use plants to heal themselves.

Aug 1, 2021

World’s first home hydrogen battery powers an average home for two days

Posted by in categories: business, chemistry, mobile phones, solar power, sustainability

The Australian company LAVO has developed a hydrogen storage system for domestic solar systems. It is the world’s first integrated hybrid hydrogen battery that combines with rooftop solar to deliver sustainable, reliable, and renewable green energy to your home and business. Developed in partnership with UNSW, Sydney, Australia, and Design + Industry, the Hydrogen Battery System from LAVO consists of an electrolysis system, hydrogen storage array, and fuel cell power system rolled into one attractive cabinet. When the electricity from the solar system on the roof is not needed, it is stored in the form of hydrogen. This then serves as fuel for the fuel cell when the solar system is not supplying electricity.

However, LAVO’s hydrogen hybrid battery delivers a continuous output of 5 kW and stores over 40kWh of electricity – enough to power the average Australian home for two days on a single charge. The system is designed to easily integrate with existing solar panels, creating a significant opportunity for LAVO to have an immediate and notable impact. There are Wi-Fi connectivity and a phone app for monitoring and control, and businesses with higher power needs can run several in parallel to form an intelligent virtual power plant.

Hydrogen is often incorrectly seen as an unsafe fuel, usually due to the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. However, the company says any leaks will disperse quickly, though, making it inherently no more dangerous than other conventional fuels such as gasoline or natural gas. This innovation has a lifespan of approximately 30 years, which is three times longer than that of lithium batteries, thanks to its reliance on hydrogen gas rather than the chemicals in a conventional battery.

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Aug 1, 2021

Steve Jobs’ yacht designer has created the world’s first private luxury train that could cost more than $300 million

Posted by in category: transportation

French designer Thierry Gaugain has made megayachts and private planes. Now, he’s created a “palace on rails”: the glass-encased G Train.