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Jul 20, 2016

Synthetic biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release

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

Beautiful.


Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. The findings are published in the July 20 online issue of Nature.

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Jul 20, 2016

Superhydrophobic coating repels blood cell damage

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

This is amazing. I can see so much usage for this technique in the future in battling blood cancers, hemophilia, and other treatments beyond heart surgery and kidney dialysis.


Coating dialysis tubes with a water-repellent material leaves red blood cells unscathed.

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Jul 20, 2016

Musings on Synthetic Biology and Crop Disease Resistance

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, robotics/AI

Why Plants? Part III – Rise of The Plant Machines by Orlando de Lange.

Everyone talks about the rise of the robots. What about the rise of the “Vegetation/ Plant Machines?”


In part 3 of our series on plant synthetic biology, Orlando de Lange (@SeaGreenODL) of The New Leaf blog introduces how synbio approaches are being used to develop novel disease resistant crops, overcoming some of the challenges faced by monoculture farming.

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Jul 20, 2016

Voila! Ori Robotic Furniture Can Change Your Living Room to a Home Office in Seconds

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

With the need for smaller more cost effective living spaces in mind, Ori Systems has developed a line of modular furniture that makes the most of the space that is becoming more and more of a premium. And, though not yet applied outside the residential market, the technology has clear applications for maximizing precious office space as well.

The Ori in Ori Systems comes from the Japanese word origami, which makes a lot of sense when you see the furniture as it transforms a room with just the push of a button. And in so doing it can quickly transform a small living space with a variety of possible configurations. See the video below.

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Jul 20, 2016

New device lengthens the life of quantum information

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Yale University scientists have reached a milestone in their efforts to extend the durability and dependability of quantum information.

For the first time, researchers at Yale have crossed the “break even” point in preserving a bit of for longer than the lifetime of its constituent parts. They have created a novel system to encode, spot errors, decode, and correct errors in a quantum bit, also known as a “qubit.” The development of such a robust method of Quantum Error Correction (QEC) has been one of the biggest remaining hurdles in quantum computation.

The findings were published online July 20 in the journal Nature.

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Jul 20, 2016

Einstein, Gravity And The Quantum Top

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Einstein said everything falls at the same rate. Is that also true for a quantum top?

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Jul 20, 2016

Precisely controlled levitation of nanodiamonds could bring advances in sensors, quantum information processing

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, quantum physics

Researchers have demonstrated how to control the “electron spin” of a nanodiamond while it is levitated with lasers in a vacuum, an advance that could find applications in quantum information processing, sensors and studies into the fundamental physics of quantum mechanics.

Electrons can be thought of as having two distinct spin states, “up” or “down.” The researchers were able to detect and control the electron spin resonance, or its change from one state to the other.

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Jul 20, 2016

Error fix for long-lived qubits brings quantum computers nearer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

For the first time, researchers are able to extend the lifetime of a quantum bit, or qubit, using error correction – an essential step to useful quantum computers.

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Jul 20, 2016

A man named Zoltan is running for president, too —and he wants our bodies

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

I was at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday representing transhumanism with Transhumanist Party supporters. So were many protesters. This is a humurous write up in one of Florida’s largest papers by a well known comedy writer.


Dave Barry is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, and he has met a presidential candidate from the Transhumanist Party named Zoltan Istvan, who wants to put robotic bits in our bodies.

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Jul 20, 2016

Google has found a business model for its most advanced artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

DeepMind gets a job cutting the costs of data centers.

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