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Aug 25, 2016

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins

Posted by in category: engineering


Protein engineering techniques might one day lead to colorful ultrasound images of cells deep within our bodies.

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Aug 25, 2016

Carbon Nanotube-Based Sensor Detects Toxins With a Mobile Phone

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, nanotechnology

Researchers have developed a chemical sensing material consisting of a group of carbon nanotubes individually wrapped with supramolecular polymers that can be used with a mobile phone to detect toxins.

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Aug 25, 2016

Defect-engineered graphene improves supercapacitors

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology


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Aug 25, 2016

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel

Posted by in categories: climatology, energy, existential risks, sustainability

Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming — and quite likely our own eventual extinction — by injecting about 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

A team of scientists from the University of Toronto (U of T) believes they’ve found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon. Silicon, readily available in sand, is the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth’s crust.

The idea of converting to energy isn’t new: there’s been a global race to discover a material that can efficiently convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water or hydrogen to fuel for decades. However, the of carbon dioxide has made it difficult to find a practical solution.

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Aug 25, 2016

DREADDing the lateral habenula

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

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Check out John Neumaier’s talk from NeuroFutures on using DREADDs to explore the brain.

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Aug 25, 2016

Angela Merkel becomes Estonian e-resident

Posted by in category: futurism

It was a great honour to host German Chancellor Angela Merkel today at e-Estonia Showroom!

We welcome Angela Merkel as Estonian newest e-Resident — glad to have another virtual Estonian! #eEstonia #eResidency

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Aug 25, 2016

The Man Biohacking Encryption From His Garage

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, cyborgs, encryption, transhumanism

A pioneer in the biohacking scene since the mid-2000s, Amal Graafstra’s been experimenting with RFID implants for more than a decade. Now Graafstra is developing implants that go beyond RFIDs.

In episode 2 of Humans+, Motherboard travels to his company Dangerous Things’ garage headquarters to get an early look at UKI, a prototype implant focused on encryption that’s expected to be released in 2017. Amal hopes that this technology will bring us one step closer to merging our physical and digital identities, but how will society react to having these technologies implanted beneath our skin?

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Aug 25, 2016

FishBot: This stealthy robot studies fish — by pretending to be one

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Aug 25, 2016

Aubrey De Grey — The Need to Dispel Longevity Sticker Shock

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Longevity sticker shock is holding back progress in rejuvenation biotechnology.

Filmed at BIL 2016 in Los Angeles.

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Aug 25, 2016

Turkish court orders takeover of opposition media group

Posted by in category: terrorism

Although this is an old article; it does raise an ongoing question about Social Media Companies and the US Government’s battle with terrorism and other mass murders who often use social media. Could Social Media Companies be pushing their luck within the US as well as other countries battling terrorism by not shutting down people’s pages who have ties to terrorism or promoting murder?

Feel free to respond because I want to hear others perspective on this important topic that many are having to figure out.

(2÷3) Amb Bass: Also watching with concern reports of teargas and rubber bullets against those protesting the takeover.— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) March 5, 2016

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