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Jun 26, 2019

Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.

Jun 26, 2019

Surprise patent ruling revives high-stakes dispute over the genome editor CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

U.S. patent officials reexamining claims about who deserves rights to enormously valuable aspect of the invention.

Jun 26, 2019

Black Hole Radiation Could Feed Alien Life

Posted by in category: alien life

When you think about black holes, you think about destruction! But new research suggests that black hole radiation could help cook life on some planets.

Jun 26, 2019

Immunotherapy Successfully Treats Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A woman has been cured of advanced breast cancer thanks to immunotherapy.

Jun 26, 2019

Cytomegalovirus Infection May Contribute to Metabolic Syndrome

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Today, we want to highlight a new publication that looks at cytomegalovirus (CMV) and its potential role in the development of metabolic syndrome, the precursor to type 2 diabetes.

What is cytomegalovirus?

CMV is part of the β-subfamily of herpes viruses, a family of viruses that are believed to have been co-evolving with their hosts for around 180 million years [1]. CMV is spread primarily by exposure to infected secretions and subsequent mucosal contact, which then leads to the acute infection of various cell types. After this acute infection, in which the virus spreads, it enters a dormant state in the body.

Jun 26, 2019

International Space Station Will Test 3D-Printed Materials In Orbit

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, satellites, surveillance

New 3D-printed materials are going to space thanks to a recently funded partnership between Israel’s NanoDimension and Florida’s Harris Corp.

The companies plan to create new materials to reduce the manufacturing of small satellites, an exceedingly popular market right now for applications ranging from weather observations to remote surveillance.

They aim to fly their materials on an external platform of the International Space Station for a year. The goal is to better understand how 3D-printed components (such as circuits and materials) withstand the space environment, which includes extreme temperature swings and high radiation. The launch date of the project was not disclosed.

Jun 26, 2019

Study: Sperm Banks in Space Could Make Colonizing Mars Possible

Posted by in categories: finance, health, space travel

A new study by researchers from the Dexeus Women’s Health research network in Barcelona found that frozen sperm samples survived when exposed to microgravity.

That could mean that sperm banks in space are possible, providing future space travelers with the ability to reproduce in space with sperm samples brought up from Earth.

“Some studies suggest a significant decrease in the motility of a human, fresh sperm sample,” Montserrat Boada who presented the research yesterday at an annual meeting in Vienna, Austria, said, as quoted by The Guardian. “But nothing has been reported on the possible effects of gravitational differences on frozen human gametes, in which state they could be transported from Earth to space.”

Jun 26, 2019

Baldness breakthrough uses 3D-printed “hair farms” to grow new hair follicles

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, food, sustainability

An exciting breakthrough from Columbia University researchers demonstrates a new way to grow human hair follicles using 3D printed molds. This is the first time human hair follicle cells have been grown completely in lab conditions, opening up a potentially unlimited source of hair follicles for future hair restoration surgical procedures.

Jun 26, 2019

Oculus Quest: Virtually reality goes wireless, but at a what cost?

Posted by in category: virtual reality

We get hands-on with the latest VR headset from Oculus and find out whether six degrees of freedom is enough to justify the price tag.

Jun 26, 2019

RETro propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies

Posted by in category: futurism