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Jan 25, 2017

Go Boldly — Future of Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

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Jan 25, 2017

Bioprinting Human Skin Cuts the Time Needed from Weeks to Minutes

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, bioprinting, biotech/medical

More progress for tissue engineering.

Skin is one of the easier starting points for 3D bioprinting, the application of rapid prototyping technologies to the construction of living tissue. Since skin is a thin tissue, the challenging issue of producing the intricate blood vessel networks needed to supply inner cells with oxygen and nutrients can be skipped. Thin tissue sections can be supported in a suitable nutrient bath, and after transplant, patient blood vessels will grow into the new skin. Further, there is a fairly large and long-established research and development industry involved in various forms of skin regeneration. Numerous forms of prototype skin-like tissues have been created over the years, lacking many of the features of the real thing, but still useful in the treatment of, for example, burn victims. Further, skin structure is by now well understood, and considerable progress has been made in deciphering the signals and environment needed for suitable cells to self-assemble into the correct arrangements. All told, it should not be a complete surprise to see significant progress emerge in this part of the field.

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Jan 25, 2017

Sequencing poisonous mushrooms to potentially create medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Just when you thought there wasnt mushroom left for new drug discovery!

A team of Michigan State University scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly line. This may open the door to efficiently tackling some lethal diseases.

The study, published in the journal BMC Genomics, reveals the DNA of two Amanita mushrooms, which are responsible for the majority of fatal mushroom poisonings.

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Jan 25, 2017

Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Neural lace. A brain implant. Such a thing must be separate enough that if the lace is hacked nothing happens to your brain. Otherwise no deal.

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO takes very seriously, in case you thought he might just be having a laugh.

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Jan 25, 2017

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

Posted by in category: bioengineering

To better understand how life might have started on Earth.

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Jan 25, 2017

AI rivals dermatologists at spotting early signs of skin cancer

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

A neural network performs as well as dermatologists at spotting cancerous moles and could let people check any skin lesions at home with an app.

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Jan 25, 2017

This Lamp Can Project Holograms Without The Need For Glasses

Posted by in category: holograms

This is seriously cool.

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Jan 25, 2017

First step towards photonic quantum network

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, quantum physics

Advanced photonic nanostructures are well on their way to revolutionising quantum technology for quantum networks based on light. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have now developed the first building blocks needed to construct complex quantum photonic circuits for quantum networks. This rapid development in quantum networks is highlighted in an article in the journal Nature.

Quantum technology based on light (photons) is called , while electronics is based on electrons. Photons (light particles) and electrons behave differently at the quantum level. A quantum entity is the smallest unit in the microscopic world. For example, photons are the fundamental constituent of light and electrons of electric current. Electrons are so-called fermions and can easily be isolated to conduct current one electron at a time. In contrast photons are bosons, which prefer to bunch together. But since information for quantum communication based on photonics is encoded in a single photon, it is necessary to emit and send them one at a time.

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Jan 25, 2017

A Quick Rundown of the Alcubierre “Warp Drive”

Posted by in categories: information science, mathematics, physics, robotics/AI, space travel

In Brief Science fiction often serves as a curiosity catalyst for a lot of technological innovation. One such example is this Alcubierre Warp Drive, that would absolutely revolutionize the capability of humans to traverse the stars.

It’s always a welcome thing to learn that ideas that are commonplace in science fiction have a basis in science fact. Cryogenic freezers, laser guns, robots, silicate implants… and let’s not forget the warp drive! Believe it or not, this concept – alternately known as FTL (Faster-Than-Light) travel, Hyperspace, Lightspeed, etc. – actually has one foot in the world of real science.

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Jan 25, 2017

CST-100 Starliner Space Suit Rollout

Posted by in category: space

Boeing and David Clark unveiled the brand new space suit for the CST-100 Starliner. See the suit’s new slick look and added technology here.

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