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Jan 22, 2020

Stem cells restore heart function up to 90% after heart failure

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Jan 22, 2020

Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor

Posted by in categories: materials, weapons

According to ancient lore, Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan, body armor has significantly evolved—silk has given way to ultra-hard materials that act like impenetrable walls against most ammunition. However, even this armor can fail, particularly if it is hit by high-speed ammunition or other fast-moving objects.

Researchers at Texas A&M University have formulated a new recipe that can prevent weaknesses in modern-day armor. By adding a tiny amount of the element silicon to , a material commonly used for making , they discovered that bullet-resistant gear could be made substantially more resilient to high-speed impacts.

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Jan 22, 2020

NRO, the U.S. spy satellite agency, preps for first dedicated launch on foreign soil

Posted by in category: space travel

Coming up in the next week: Launches by Soyuz, Falcon 9 and H-2A rockets from spaceports in Russia, Florida and Japan.

See our list of confirmed launch dates for upcoming missions:


A regularly updated listing of planned orbital missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. “NET” stands for no earlier than. “TBD” means to be determined. Recent updates appear in red type. Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to: [email protected].

See our Launch Log for a listing of completed space missions since 2004.

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Jan 22, 2020

10 Tips for Preventing Drone Crashes

Posted by in category: drones

Here are the Top Ten most common drone crash causes for public safety and the easy solutions to avoid them.

Jan 22, 2020

Brain organoids may shed light on seizures in Angelman syndrome

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

The mutation that causes Angelman syndrome makes neurons hyperexcitable, according to a study in brain organoids and mice1. The findings may help explain why about 90 percent of people with the syndrome experience seizures that do not respond to treatment.

Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic condition linked to autism. It is caused when the maternal copy of a gene called UBE3A is either missing or mutated. Apart from seizures, the condition is characterized by developmental delay, problems with balance and speech, and an unusually happy disposition.

The new study found that mutations in UBE3A suppress the production of proteins that keep the activity of ‘big potassium’ ion channels in check. These channels control the flow of large amounts of potassium ions passing through neurons. When the current increases in the absence of UBE3A, the neurons become exceptionally excitable.

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Jan 22, 2020

Facebook’s new robot AI can get around efficiently without using a map

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

A new Facebook algorithm could lead to safer and more efficient bots.

Jan 22, 2020

Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality.

Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design.

“It appears to be a fundamental pathway we didn’t know about. Anytime that happens, it holds promise to open up completely new directions of research and inquiry,” said Prof. Chuan He, a world-renowned chemist.

Jan 22, 2020

What the world is watching, wearing and slurping

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jan 22, 2020

U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

Posted by in category: food

The Salt Americans wasted 31 percent of all food that was available in 2010, the USDA reports. For the first time, the agency calculated what that means in terms of calories, too.

Jan 22, 2020

World’s largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

AeroFarms has put $30m into a green revolution that seeks to produce more crops in less space, but whether it’s economically viable is an open question.

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