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Mar 21, 2019

In The Know Innovation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Scoliosis can now be treated with this minimally invasive surgery.

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Mar 21, 2019

Why an Incredible New CERN Observation Has Physicists Popping Champagne

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Scientists have announced the observation of “CP violation in a D meson” at CERN, a discovery that will appear in physics textbooks for years to come. You’re probably wondering what exactly it means.

The Universe is full of regular matter. There’s also antimatter, which exists even here on Earth, but there’s much less of it. This new observation is important on its own, but it also takes physicists another step closer to explaining where all the antimatter has disappeared to.

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Mar 21, 2019

Scientists have found a way to levitate objects with light

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, space travel

Turns out the key to making things lighter than air is…light!

California scientists think they’ve found a way to make objects levitate using concentrated light — a theory that could even propel spacecraft farther than they’ve ever traveled before, according to a report.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology believe that by covering the surfaces of objects with microscopic nanoscale patterns specially designed to interact with beams of light, they could be propelled without fuel — and potentially by light sources millions of miles away, according to Phys.org.

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Mar 21, 2019

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, information science

DNA computers have to date only been able to run one algorithm, but a new design shows how these machines can be made more flexible—and useful.

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Mar 21, 2019

In Switzerland, a giant new machine is sucking carbon directly from the air

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Circa 2017


Experts debate whether technology is useful for curbing climate change.

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Mar 21, 2019

Light coaxes stem cells to repair teeth: Noninvasive laser therapy could radically shift dental treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A Harvard-led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low-power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue, an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine. The research, led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Mooney, Ph.D., lays the foundation for a host of clinical applications in restorative dentistry and regenerative medicine more broadly, such as wound healing, bone regeneration, and more.

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Mar 21, 2019

China Is Building up to 20 Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

It sounds pretty perilous, but a prototype is already being developed.

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Mar 21, 2019

Scientists Reversed Rats’ Alcoholism

Posted by in category: futurism

A laser treatment helped curbed the rats’ cravings.

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Mar 21, 2019

New Robot Is “On The Path to Machine Self-Awareness,” Says Creator

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What does it mean for a robot to be self-aware?

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Mar 21, 2019

Research paves way for new source for leukemia drug

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

Chemistry researchers at Oregon State University have patented a method for making anti-leukemia compounds that until now have only been available via an Asian tree that produces them.

The synthesis of cephalotaxine and homoharringtonine (HHT) paves the way toward less-expensive, more readily available leukemia drugs whose production is not subject to the risks and inefficiencies associated with harvesting .

Also, the synthesis of cephalotaxine opens the door to preparing other, structurally related compounds for evaluation as potential new cancer drugs.

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