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Oct 7, 2020

CRISPR, the revolutionary genetic ‘scissors,’ honored by Chemistry Nobel

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Selection of just two scientists will stir controversy, given patent fight over genome editor’s discovery.

Oct 7, 2020

This in-home water recycler is meant to help the planet, and your wallet

Posted by in category: sustainability

With concerns over water scarcity on the rise, companies are increasingly looking to give people ways to reduce their water consumption. For Hydraloop founder and CEO Arthur Valkieser, the answer was clear: Build a device that gives homeowners and building developers a way to sterilize and reuse their water.

Oct 7, 2020

Schematic of a Helical Fusion Reactor

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

(IMAGE 1) The superconducting coil consists of two pairs of helical coils and two sets of circular vertical magnetic field coils. In order to prevent the coil from moving or deforming due to the strong electromagnetic force acting on the superconducting coils, it is firmly supported by a supporting structure made of stainless steel with a high strength of 20 cm thick. These superconducting coils and supporting structures are cooled to cryogenic temperatures simultaneously.

Oct 7, 2020

The Coding School, IBM Quantum Provide Free Quantum Education to 5,000 Students Around the World

Posted by in categories: computing, education, quantum physics

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Coding School is collaborating with IBM Quantum to offer a first-of-its-kind quantum computing course for 5,000 high school students and above, designed to make quantum education globally accessible and to provide high-quality virtual STEM education. To ensure an equitable future quantum workforce, the course is free. Students can apply here.

Oct 7, 2020

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope passes crucial launch-simulation tests

Posted by in category: space

The $9.8 billion observatory is scheduled to launch in October 2031.

NASA’s $9.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope has passed “environmental testing,” a series of trials designed to simulate the considerable rigors of launch, agency officials announced today (Oct. 6).

Oct 7, 2020

‘Re-writing the code of life’: Nobel chemistry prize goes to genome editing pioneers

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

The genetic editing technique has contributed to new cancer therapies and has the potential to be used in curing inheritable diseases.

Two women were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for their pioneering work on genome editing, which has the life-saving potential to be used to cure genetic diseases.el Prize in chemistry Wednesday for their pioneering work on genome editing, which has the life-saving potential to be used to cure genetic diseases.el Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing a method for genome editing that could be used to cure many diseases.

Oct 7, 2020

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna developed the Crispr tool, which can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision.

Oct 7, 2020

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to 3 Scientists for Work on Black Holes

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

The prize was awarded half to Roger Penrose for showing how black holes could form and half to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for discovering a supermassive object at the Milky Way’s center.

Oct 7, 2020

Remote control of blood sugar: Electromagnetic fields treat diabetes in animal models

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers from the University of Iowa may have discovered a safe new way to manage blood sugar non-invasively. Exposing diabetic mice to a combination of static electric and magnetic fields for a few hours per day normalizes two major hallmarks of type 2 diabetes, according to new findings published Oct. 6 in Cell Metabolism.

“We’ve built a remote control to manage diabetes,” says Calvin Carter, Ph.D., one of the study’s lead authors and a postdoc in the lab of senior author Val Sheffield, MD, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, and of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the UI Carver College of Medicine. “Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) for relatively short periods reduces and normalizes the body’s response to insulin. The effects are long-lasting, opening the possibility of an EMF therapy that can be applied during sleep to manage diabetes all day.”

The unexpected and surprising discovery may have major implications in diabetes care, particularly for patients who find current treatment regimens cumbersome.

Oct 7, 2020

How to Abolish Modern Day Slavery and Address its Effects

Posted by in categories: economics, law

In 2020, slavery is not gone from this planet…

Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador, interviews Bakary Tandia, Co-Founder of the Abolition Institute, a group working to promote awareness of, and dedicated to ending, the practice of slavery in the west African country of Mauritania.

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