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May 30, 2018

China invites international researchers to do science on its future space station

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, habitats, science, space, treaties

By the end of 2022, China hopes to have its biggest space station yet orbiting around Earth, and the country’s space agency wants other nations to use it. China is inviting all members of the United Nations to submit applications to fly experiments on board the future habitat, dubbed the China Space Station. It’s a major step toward international cooperation for China and its space program, which has mostly relied on domestic hardware and capabilities in the past.

“The China Space Station belongs not only to China, but also to the world,” Shi Zhongjun, China’s ambassador to the UN, said in a statement about the initiative. As a guide for the decision, Zhongjun cited the 50-year-old Outer Space Treaty, which maintains that the exploration of space should be peaceful and benefit all countries.

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May 30, 2018

Dawn of a True Space Age is Near

Posted by in category: space travel

I will illustrate the massive game-changer that the SpaceX BFR will be. I will show this by describing how we can have millions of people in space by the 2040s.

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May 30, 2018

Interesting Facts About the Human Genome

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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May 30, 2018

Oil industry is finally starting to be affected by Norway’s rapid electric car adoption

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Norway’s electric vehicle adoption rate is so far ahead of most countries that it gives us glimpses into the future of bigger markets – sometimes even decades ahead of time.

Now it is starting to show signs of demand for gasoline and diesel slowing down as electric vehicles are taking over.

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May 30, 2018

Solar-Powered Robot Pulls Weeds Autonomously

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

This weed-pulling robot is cheaper and better for the environment.

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May 30, 2018

Engineers invent a noninvasive technique to correct vision

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is an increasing problem around the world. There are now twice as many people in the US and Europe with this condition as there were 50 years ago. In East Asia, 70 to 90 percent of teenagers and young adults are nearsighted. By some estimates, about 2.5 billion of people across the globe may be affected by myopia by 2020.

Eye glasses and contact lenses are simple solutions; a more permanent one is corneal . But, while vision correction surgery has a relatively high success rate, it is an invasive procedure, subject to post-surgical complications, and in rare cases permanent vision loss. In addition, laser-assisted vision correction surgeries such as laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) still use ablative technology, which can thin and in some cases weaken the cornea.

Columbia Engineering researcher Sinisa Vukelic has developed a new non-invasive approach to permanently correct vision that shows great promise in preclinical models. His method uses a femtosecond oscillator, an ultrafast laser that delivers pulses of very low energy at high repetition rate, for selective and localized alteration of the biochemical and biomechanical properties of corneal . The technique, which changes the tissue’s macroscopic geometry, is non-surgical and has fewer side effects and limitations than those seen in refractive surgeries. For instance, patients with thin corneas, dry eyes, and other abnormalities cannot undergo refractive surgery. The study, which could lead to treatment for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and irregular astigmatism, was published May 14 in Nature Photonics.

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May 30, 2018

Smart Roads Could Soon Call An Ambulance, Connect You to the Internet

Posted by in categories: internet, materials

A Kansas City startup wants to make roads smart by replacing asphalt with high-tech slabs of concrete. But are they better, than normal roads?

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May 29, 2018

Time crystals could be the miracle quantum computing needs

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The mind boggling discovery that time crystals were real happened just last year, and already scientists are demonstrating possible uses for them, including their potential to revolutionize quantum computer systems.

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May 29, 2018

Nvidia unveils the HGX-2, a server platform for HPC and AI workloads

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The platform’s unique high-precision computing capabilities are designed for the growing number of applications that combine high-performance computing with AI.

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May 29, 2018

Removing Wrinkles Inside Our Cells Might Reverse Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A new finding from the UVA School of Medicine suggests that fatty liver disease and other effects of aging may be the result of our cells’ nuclei getting wrinkly.

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