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Sep 15, 2017

Fat cells converted into stem cells can repair any damaged tissues

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Sep 15, 2017

Scientists Grafted Eyes Onto a Blind Organism’s Back, and It Could See

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Scientists at Tufts University were able to graft eyes to the tails of blind Xenopus, giving the tadpoles the ability to detect colors, focus on objects, and consistently follow patterns.

In a breakthrough for regenerative medicine, researchers have developed working eyes attached to the tails of blind Xenopus tadpoles. The tadpoles were able to process visual information from their environment upon the augmentation, helping scientist understand the process of promoting innervation (a part of the body’s nerve supply) in regenerative medicine.

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Sep 15, 2017

Beautiful pair of white, ghostlike giraffes were found in the wild

Posted by in category: futurism

These white giraffes look like magical creatures.

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Sep 15, 2017

Samsung’s New Electric Car Batteries Boost Range to 600 Kilometers

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA Cars 2017) in Germany earlier this week, Samsung SDI — the battery-focused division of Samsung — unveiled a new multi-functional battery pack capable of increasing the current range of electric vehicles. As explained by the Korean company, the battery enables cars to go between 600–700 kilometers (372−4343 miles), provided the right number of modules are installed.

“Its users can change the number of modules as they want as if they place books on a shelf,” says Samsung. “For example, if 20 modules are installed in a premium car, it can go 600 to 700 kilometers. If 10 to 12 modules are mounted on a regular sedan, it can run up to 300 kilometers. This pack is expected to catch the eyes of automakers, because they can design a car whose mileage may vary depending on how many modules of a single pack are installed.”

Electrek explains that automakers like Nissan and GM have been using prismatic cells in their battery packs. Samsung SDI began developing new “2170” cylindrical cells earlier this year, following the footsteps of Tesla, which was the first to do so with their “2170” battery cell.

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Sep 15, 2017

IBM aims to advance AI—and keep up with Google and Facebook—through an ambitious new project at MIT

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A new center at MIT could advance artificial intelligence and help IBM reestablish itself as a leader in the field.

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Sep 15, 2017

Why Google’s AI can write beautiful songs but still can’t tell a joke

Posted by in categories: humor, media & arts, robotics/AI

Douglas Eck of Google’s Magenta project talks about how machine learning can help artists make professional-sounding (if meandering) music.

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Sep 15, 2017

The Universe is Flat – Here’s How Astrophysicists Know and Why They Care

Posted by in category: space

Our universe is flat, geometrically. But what exactly does “flat” mean?

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Sep 15, 2017

This Brooklyn-Based Startup Is Growing Leather In Labs—Cruelty Free

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

Modern Meadow believes leather is a “co-product of the meat industry.” You can’t get cattle hide without stripping it from meat. Rather than configuring new ways to utilize polymers, the Brooklyn-based company genetically creates proteins similar to bovine collagen. As Inventionr reports :

Modern Meadow has formulated a method of activating the building blocks of proteins to form fibres without using natural fibroblasts. Once the fibres form, they can as well be assembled, according to its intended purposes, into fine sheets of leather. Once the process reaches this point, other processes like tanning and dyeing can proceed in the normal way.

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Sep 15, 2017

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its new big-rig truck in October

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the battery-powered semi “a beast.” It is expected to be the electric-car company’s first venture into heavy-duty transportation.

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Sep 15, 2017

We May Finally Have A Way To Stop Scars From Ever Forming

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists in Australia are developing new compounds that they claimed could stop scars from forming in the first place. The compounds job is to stop an enzyme called lysyl oxidase, which enables the collagen in wound healing to crosslink, resulting in scar formation.

If you sustained an injury, whether it’s large or small, you’ll likely end up with a scar. Scars, after all, are the natural outcome of wound healing, and there’s typically few ways to avoid it. Until now, that is.

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