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Aug 3, 2016

Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure

Posted by in category: futurism

Society runs on software but software building tools are buckling under the demand. In this report, Nadia Eghbal addresses the challenges.

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Aug 3, 2016

Machine Learning Is Helping Us Find The Genetics Of Autism

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Princeton researchers are working smarter, not harder.

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Aug 3, 2016

5 Nanoscience Research Projects That Could Deliver Big Results

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology

Keep an eye on these especially the paint-on coating for energy-efficient windows; I have seen this amazing paint by a friend at Duke.


From energy efficiency to carbon capture, Berkeley Lab scientists are on it.

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Aug 3, 2016

Nanobowls Offer a Way to Magnetically Deliver Drugs in the Body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Just amazing.


August 03, 2016 | By Liezel Labios Nanobowls Offer a Way to Magnetically Deliver Drugs in the Body.

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Aug 3, 2016

Battery Innovator Secures International Testing Agreements

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology

Very BIG DEAL for battery life improvements.


A QUEENSLAND company working to improve lithium-ion batteries has secured agreements with two international manufacturing companies to test its technology.

Nano-Nouvelle has a tin-based material with a 3D nanostructure that could replace layered graphite-copper in the anode of Li-ion batteries, with the potential to improve energy storage capacity by 50 per cent.

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Aug 3, 2016

Neurons position their parts for rapid communication

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Very cool.


Scientific Method — Neurons position their parts for rapid communication Neurons that talk to each other have proteins that mirror each other.

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Aug 3, 2016

NSW minister reckons innovation runs in Australia’s DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Hmmm; ok, hmmm.


NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has said that innovation is ingrained in the DNA of Australians as the nation has always found a way to ‘make things happen’.

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Aug 3, 2016

New diamond-coated screen tech could be stronger than Gorilla Glass

Posted by in category: futurism

Can diamonds make your screen forever?

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Aug 3, 2016

Germs May Help Shape Our Personalities

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Who knew.


It’s all connected! Recent rodent research suggests that immune responses and social behavior may be more intertwined than we realized.

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Aug 3, 2016

Making nail polish while powering fuel cells

Posted by in category: energy

Hydrogen is widely regarded as a promising and clean alternative energy source. The traditional source of hydrogen (H2) for fuel cell use is water, which is split into H2 and oxygen (O2). But O2 is a low-value product.

So, this week in ACS Central Science (“Electrochemical Partial Reforming of Ethanol into Ethyl Acetate Using Ultrathin Co3O4 Nanosheets as a Highly Selective Anode Catalyst”), researchers report a new approach and a new catalyst that can produce not just hydrogen but also valuable chemicals, including the most common ingredient in nail polish.

making chemical ethyl acetate while generating H2 gas

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