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Nov 28, 2016

Bioprinting Is One Step Closer to Making a Human Kidney

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

Bioprinting has been all over the news in the past several years with headline-worthy breakthroughs like printed human skin, synthetic bones, and even a fully functional mouse thyroid gland.

3D printing paved the way for bioprinting thanks to the printers’ unique ability to recreate human tissue structures; their software can be written to ‘stack’ cells in precise patterns as directed by a digital model, and they can produce tissue in just hours and make numerous identical samples.

Despite the progress in bioprinting, however, more complex human organs continue to elude scientists, and resting near the top of the ‘more complex’ list are the kidneys.

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Nov 27, 2016

Google’s AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn’t Taught to Translate Between

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In Brief

  • The AI can translate a language pair with a reasonable amount of accuracy if it has translated both of them into another common language.
  • This removes a significant amount of human input, and it opens the door to AI that learn and problem solve better than ever.

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Nov 27, 2016

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

Did you know you can rewire your brain? Neuroscientific research breakthroughs are revealing fascinating new truths about the malleability of our brains and, thus, the malleability of ourselves as well.

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Nov 27, 2016

Transhumanism: Imagine what could happen when your entire brain is online…

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Nov 27, 2016

New drug limits and then repairs brain damage in stroke

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

More progress to help stroke victims.

Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that a potential new drug reduces the number of brain cells destroyed by stroke and then helps to repair the damage.

A reduction in blood flow to the brain caused by is a major cause of death and disability, and there are few effective treatments.

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Nov 27, 2016

Drones for Delivery in Healthcare | By Andreessen Horowitz | SoundCloud

Posted by in categories: business, drones, governance, innovation

” … discuss using drones to leapfrog infrastructure, and save lives by doing it in less than 15 minutes.”

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Nov 27, 2016

Video Of The Week: A Crypto Economy — By Fred Wilson | AVC

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, economics, finance

“It’s a fairly concise but expansive vision of what is possible to build with open public blockchains.”

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Nov 27, 2016

Powerful 7 Tesla MRI scanner arrives in Glasgow

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics

Glasgow University has taken delivery of Scotland’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

The £10m device was lifted into place at the new Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).

A giant crane eased the 18-tonne scanner down an alleyway with inches to spare on each side, then through a hole in the wall of the new building.

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Nov 27, 2016

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.

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Nov 27, 2016

What happens when bots start writing code instead of humans

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Shift 2: Open-source code, Node, and frameworks

Once widely considered a toy language, Node has quickly taken over the web and fostered an incredible open-source community. For those who are unfamiliar, Node is a way for JavaScript to run on a server. What’s so incredible about Node is that the same developers who were only writing client-side code (front-end web development) can now write backend code without switching languages.

In addition, there is an incredible community that rallies around and thrives off of open-source contributions. The infrastructure and open-source packages are very powerful, allowing developers to not just solve their own problems, but also to build in a way that solves problems for the entire community. Building a software product with Node today is like playing with Lego blocks; you spend most of your time simply connecting them.

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