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Jan 17, 2017

New Surgery Can Give the Legally Blind 20/20 Vision

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A small study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, and the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in India was published in the journal Ophthalmology. The research included 20 patients who had surgery for Terson syndrome, a specific type of hemorrhage caused mostly by traumatic injury, such as vehicular collisions. Some of the patients experienced this hemorrhaging in both eyes, thus allowing for the study of 28 eyes.

The procedure used to restore sight in these patients is known as a vitrectomy. The surgery removes the jellylike tissue behind the lens of the eye and replaces it with a saline solution. The patients were split into groups who had the surgery within three months of the hemorrhage and those who received it after the three month mark.

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Jan 17, 2017

Twist Bioscience Supplying 3.2kB Genes to Ginkgo Bioworks

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

— longer synthetic DNA accelerates customer discoveries —

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 10, 2017 – Twist Bioscience, a company accelerating science and innovation through rapid, high-quality DNA synthesis on silicon, today announced that it is now shipping genes up to 3,200 base pairs (3.2 kilobase or kB) in length to Ginkgo Bioworks under their existing supply agreement.

“Twist Bioscience continues to deliver record volumes of the highest-quality DNA to advance our organism engineering efforts, meeting or exceeding our aggressive timelines,” said Jason Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks. “With the availability of synthetic genes up to 3.2kB from Twist, we are able to expedite the rapid prototyping of organism designs to generate cosmetics, nutritional ingredients, flavors, fragrances and other important ingredients.”

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Jan 17, 2017

Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields

Posted by in categories: energy, military

Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders’ ability to observe adversaries’ activities over much greater distances than existing sensors.

At the same time, the lens could be used as a form of ‘deflector shield’ to protect friendly aircraft, ships, land vehicles and troops from incoming attacks by high power laser weapons that could also become a reality in the same time period.

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Jan 17, 2017

World’s first floating city one step closer to reality in French Polynesia

Posted by in categories: economics, governance

If the economic and environmental impact studies clear the project, construction of the world’s first floating city could commence as soon as 2019.

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Jan 17, 2017

Moontopia competition-winners show nine visions for lunar architecture

Posted by in category: space

Nine space-age designs have been revealed as the winners of the Moontopia competition, which asked architects and designers to visualise life on the moon.

Entrants to the Moontopia competition were asked to draw up plans for a self-sufficient lunar colony for living, working, researching and space tourism.

One winner and eight runners up were selected from hundreds of proposals submitted to the competition, which was organised by architecture and design magazine Eleven, and ran from August to November 2016.

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Jan 17, 2017

Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, life extension, neuroscience

Exercise is one of the best ways to slow down aging and its free too!


(Boston) — Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well.

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed better on memory tasks than those who had low CRF. Further, the more fit older adults were, the more active their brain was during learning. These findings appear in the journal Cortex. Difficulty remembering new information represents one of the most common complaints in aging and decreased memory performance is one of the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Jan 17, 2017

Feed Your 3D Printer Recycled Plastic

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Turn old water bottles into filament.

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Jan 17, 2017

Printing Guns, Drugs, and DNA Weapons: Organized Crime Is Being Decentralized

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

Every time there’s a new technology, criminals immediately take advantage of it, explains Steven Kotler. It’s only a matter of time before they find new, nefarious uses for 3D printing and synthetic biology.

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Jan 16, 2017

A 40-Watt Laser Shotgun. Really

Posted by in category: futurism

Livin’ la vida laser.

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Jan 16, 2017

End to Illness: Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing How We Prevent Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, information science, robotics/AI

The TeraStructure algorithm can analyze genome sets much larger than current systems can efficiently handle, including those as big as 100,000 or 1 million genomes. Finding an efficient way to analyze genome databases would allow for personalized healthcare that takes into account any genetic mutations that could exist in a person’s DNA.

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