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Apr 9, 2016

Team MASS is developing a 3D printed Martian habitat using laser sintered regolith

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, space

HAB’s, HAB’s, HAB’s!

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Apr 9, 2016

Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieves them perfectly

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, computing

The digital universe — all the data contained in our computer files, historic archives, movies, photo collections and the exploding volume of digital information collected by businesses and devices worldwide — is expected to hit 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020.

Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA — allowing companies to store data that today would fill a big box store supercenter in a space the size of a sugar cube.

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Apr 9, 2016

New iRobot Spinoff Eyes Big Pentagon Contracts

Posted by in categories: business, military, robotics/AI

IRobot is going after the military dollars. Smart move given that the military in all branches are trying to modernize with AI.

By Sandra I. Erwin.

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Apr 8, 2016

Watch: By 2020 We Will Be Able to Produce a Brain In a Box

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The best kind of science fiction comes to life (well, to a box, technically).

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Apr 8, 2016

Limb regeneration activation genes found in mammals and regenration of heart tissue and paws activitated in mice

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

If you trace our evolutionary tree way back to its roots — long before the shedding of gills or the development of opposable thumbs — you will likely find a common ancestor with the amazing ability to regenerate lost body parts.

Researchers have built a running list of the genes that enable regenerating animals to grow back a severed tail or repair damaged tissues. Surprisingly, they have found that genes important for regeneration in these creatures also have counterparts in humans. The key difference might not lie in the genes themselves but in the sequences that regulate how those genes are activated during injury.

A Duke study appearing April 6 in the journal Nature has discovered the presence of these regulatory sequences in zebrafish, a favored model of regeneration research. Called “tissue regeneration enhancer elements” or TREEs, these sequences can turn on genes in injury sites and even be engineered to change the ability of animals to regenerate.

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Apr 8, 2016

Researchers find that ribose, the ‘R’ in RNA, could form naturally in space

Posted by in category: alien life

Though the quest to find water on distant planets is the most talked-about way that researchers are looking for extraterrestrial life, one of our best bets at understanding life’s complexities lies with comets, not planets.

In fact, the icy space balls are already known to form amino acids and nucleobases, two key substances needed for life to take root. And now, researchers may have found another necessary ingredient: ribose, the ‘R’ in RNA.

Before we dive into the new discovery, it’s important to understand what life, as we know it, needs to get started, and how we think it may have happened here on Earth. Life on Earth requires three macromolecules: RNA, DNA and proteins. The current understanding is that RNA, or ribonucleic acid, came before DNA on Earth.

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Apr 8, 2016

128 Things that will disappear in the driverless car era

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI, transportation

I started writing this column while I was in Manila, Philippines for a talk with UnionBank, one of the most innovative banks I’ve ever come across.

Driving across Manila is often a painful experience with far too many cars locking up all possible arterials, and nowhere near enough money to redesign and build the needed infrastructure. But this is not unique to Manila.

As I’ve traveled around the world, I’ve run into equally bad traffic in Istanbul, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Seoul, Mexico City, San Francisco, Rome, London, Beijing, and Mumbai. In fact there are literally thousands of cities where bad traffic is a way of life.

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Apr 8, 2016

This lumbering, two-legged droid is the latest creation from Alphabet’s robotics projects

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Walking up stairs, keeping your balance and doing some light cleaning are easy for people. Less so for robots.

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Apr 8, 2016

Venture Capitalist 3D Prints a Rocket Faster Than the Speed of Sound for Under $2

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, computing, space travel

Steve Jurvetson is a man of many facets – and he can 3D print a rocket that achieves Mach 1.8 (that’s 1,363 mph) in 2.6 seconds and reach an altitude of nearly 9,500 feet.

The Mach number is named after the Austrian physicist and philosopher, Ernst Mach. The terms “subsonic” and “supersonic” basically refer to speeds below and above the local speed of sound, so you should have some idea how fast these tiny rockets are traveling.

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Apr 8, 2016

Smartphones should fully embrace the dual-camera bandwagon

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

One of the biggest rumors surrounding the iPhone 7 is that Apple is adding a second camera module (at least on the Plus model), and it makes a lot more sense than you might realize.

After all, other manufacturers have already caught on. LG’s G5 comes with a ultra-wide angle lens, Huawei’s new P9 sports a dedicated black-and-white camera, and HTC beat everyone to the punch with the One M8’s depth-sensing camera a couple of years ago.

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