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Oct 4, 2016

HIV cure close after disease ‘vanishes’ from blood of British man

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

UK researchers from five major universities close in on a cure for HIV by reprogramming immune cells to recognize the virus and destroy it.

A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities.

The 44-year-old is one of 50 people currently trialling a treatment which targets the disease even in its dormant state.

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Oct 4, 2016

Airbus signs up first customer for external space station platform

Posted by in category: space

An Australian company is the first customer for an external research platform Airbus Defence and Space plans to install on the space station by 2018.

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Oct 3, 2016

MIT applies soft touch to robots with programmable 3D-printed skins

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, computing, robotics/AI

Spectators of the DARPA Robotics Challenge finals in 2015 would have noticed that many of the competing robots were padded up for protection in case they took a tumble. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is looking to build customizable shock-absorbing protection into robots by using 3D printing to produce soft materials that not only dampen the impact of falls, but also allows them to carry out safer, more precise movements.

Robotics engineers have long had a keen interest in soft materials. At their simplest, such materials can protect robots against falls and collisions, but can also protect people in environments were robots and humans are increasingly working together. Going beyond this, soft materials also allow for making completely soft robots that can mimic animal design.

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Oct 3, 2016

Intel and Oakley pack a fitness tracker and AI coach into a pair of shades

Posted by in categories: privacy, robotics/AI, wearables

As useful as they are, wearable fitness trackers aren’t usually the height of fashion themselves, with many devices blending away out of sight on your wrist or ankle. Now Intel and Luxottica have teamed up to put a fitness tracker front and center on your face, stashing various biometric sensors and a voice-activated AI coach into a stylish, custom-designed pair of Oakley shades.

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Oct 3, 2016

About Neumann Space

Posted by in categories: government, habitats, space

Our mission is simple.

We believe humanity’s future lays in the stars. Our future home will be different worlds as Government initiatives turn into.

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Oct 3, 2016

Smarter thread

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, computing, health, mobile phones, nanotechnology

I never get tired in circuitry thread and any new findings.

Tufts University engineers say that revolutionary health diagnostics may be hanging on a thread—one of many threads they have created that integrate nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics. “We think thread-based devices could potentially be used as smart sutures for surgical implants, smart bandages to monitor wound healing, or integrated with textile or fabric as personalized health monitors and point-of-care diagnostics,” says Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D., director of the interdisciplinary Nano Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering, Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Researchers dipped a variety of conductive threads in physical and chemical sensing compounds and connected them to wireless electronic circuitry. The threads, sutured into tissues of rats, collected data on tissue health (pressure, stress, strain and temperature), pH and glucose levels. The data helps determine how wounds are healing, whether infection is emerging or whether the body’s chemistry is out of balance. Thread’s natural wicking properties draw fluids to the sensing compounds. Resulting data is transmitted wirelessly to a cell phone and computer.

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Oct 3, 2016

China plans world’s biggest spaceplane to carry 20 tourists

Posted by in category: space travel

A state-backed agency is testing its first vehicle to send tourists to the edge of space and back — and hopes to fly up to 20 people at a time.

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Oct 3, 2016

The One and Only Texas Wind Boom — By Richard Martin | MIT Technology Review

Posted by in categories: energy, environmental


“Wind power has transformed the heart of fossil-fuel country. Can the rest of the United States follow suit?”

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Oct 3, 2016

Drum rolled Carbon fiber tethers five times stronger than Kevlar and Mach 8 spaceplane can place payloads into orbit at super low cost

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, space travel

In 2009, Carbon nanotube tethers with a strength of 9 N/Tex [9 million newton meters/kg] is over twice as strong as any fibers ever produced before.

In 2016, Jian Nong Wang and his colleagues made nanotubes with a process akin to glass blowing: Using a stream of nitrogen gas, they injected ethanol, with a small amount of ferrocene and thiophene added as catalysts, into a 50-mm-wide horizontal tube placed in furnace at 1,150–1,130 °C.

They packed the nanotubes even more densely by pressing the film repeatedly between two rollers.

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Oct 3, 2016

What Are the Absolute Worst Cities to Work in Right Now?

Posted by in categories: life extension, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

My new story for TechCrunch on why a new generation of kids might “really” love robots. What would Freud say?

Robots intrigue us. We all like them. But most of us don’t love them. That may dramatically change over the next 10 years as the “robot nanny” makes its way into our households.

In as little time as a decade, affordable robots that can bottle-feed babies, change diapers and put a child to sleep might be here. The human-machine bond that a new generation of kids grows up with may be unbreakable. We may end up literally loving our machines almost like we do our mothers and fathers.

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