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Feb 7, 2017

Determining the Photoisomerization Quantum Yield of Photoswitchable Molecules in Solution and in the Solid State

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, quantum physics

Photoswitchable molecules are able to isomerize between two metastable forms through light stimuli. Originally being studied by photochemists, this type of molecule has now found a wide range of applications within physics, chemistry and biology. The extensive usage of photochromic molecules is due to the two isomers having fundamentally different physical and chemical properties. The most important attribute of a photoswitch is the photoisomerization quantum yield, which defines the efficiency of the photoisomerization event. Here we show how to determine the photoisomerization quantum yield in the solid state and in solution when taking thermal processes into account. The described method together with provided software allows for rapid and accurate determination of the isomerization process for this important class of molecules.

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Feb 7, 2017

Search for Synthetic-Essential Genes Uncovers Prostate Cancer Treatment Target

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

Synbio research at work and discovery.

Study of synthetic essential genes identifies a novel pathway in prostate cancer and suggests a framework for the discovery of targets in cancers harboring tumor-suppressor deficiencies.

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Feb 7, 2017

The Radical New Genetic Alphabet That Will Redefine Life

Posted by in category: genetics

The scientist behind the artificial expansion of the genetic code explains how it can bring about never-before-seen functions in life on Earth.

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Feb 7, 2017

India to frame policy on synthetic biology

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

Rules placed on Synbio in India; wonder who is next?

The technology could help produce drugs, vaccines, fuel components and other chemicals.

: India is taking its first steps to evolve a policy on synthetic biology, an emerging science through which new life forms can potentially be made in labs and existing life forms, such as bacteria and other microbes, tweaked to produce specific proteins or chemically useful products.

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Feb 7, 2017

‘SideArm’ System from DARPA can Launch and Recover Aerial Drones Travelling at Speed in Midair

Posted by in category: drones


SideArm can be shipped inside a standard 20-foot shipping container for easy transport by truck, ship, rail, Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The small system is designed to operate in truck-mounted, ship-mounted, and standalone/fixed-site facilities. A crew of only two to four people can set-up or stow the system in minutes.

SideArm owes its small size to combining its launch and capture equipment into a single rail that folds for transport.

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Feb 7, 2017

What role does electromagnetic signaling have in biological systems

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience, quantum physics

Sounds definitely like DARPA could be looking at a more seamless BMI type technology and yes, Quantum Bio and telepathy is involved.

For decades scientists have wondered whether electromagnetic waves might play a role in intra- and inter-cell signaling. Researchers have suggested since the 1960s, for example, that terahertz frequencies emanate from cell membranes, but they’ve lacked the technology and tools to conduct reproducible experiments that could prove whether electromagnetic waves constitute purposeful signals for biological function-or if they’re merely background noise.

With recent advances in technology and modeling, experiments may now be possible to test signaling hypotheses. DARPA’s RadioBio program, announced this week, seeks to establish if purposeful electromagnetic wave signaling between biological cells exists-and if evidence supports that it does, to determine what information is being transferred.

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Feb 7, 2017

Worried About Being Replaced By A Robot? Avoid Working These Jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Some middle-income jobs have 97% chance of being replaced, study finds.

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Feb 7, 2017

For the First Time Scientists Have Observed a Quantum Phase Transition

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

In Brief

  • Scientists were able to rig up a system in which they could view a “photon-blockade breakdown” where the system switched from opaque to transparent.
  • This discovery has implications in both the development of advanced computer memory systems and better quantum simulations in the future.

For the first time, physicists have experimentally observed a first-order phase transition occur in a quantum system – verifying years of theoretical predictions.

Phase transitions are something that we see on a daily basis when our ice melts into water, or steam evaporates from a boiling kettle. While these transitions are easy for us to observe, phase transitions also happen on the very tiny, quantum-scale, where they play an important role in physics. But, up until now, no one had ever witnessed one experimentally.

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Feb 7, 2017

Injection could permanently lower cholesterol

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

Some people have mutations that greatly lower their cholesterol. Tests in mice suggest gene editing could give the rest of us the same protection.

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Feb 7, 2017

Scientists Are Developing Flu Shots for Dogs, Which Will Help Protect Us Too

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In severe cases, a dog can develop pneumonia and even die.

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