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Jul 16, 2016

Is invisibility cloak on its way to reality?

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics

Invisibility cloak has hidden Harry Potter and hobbits from view and now, this sci-fi staple may be moving closer to reality!

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have made an object disappear by using a composite material with nano-size particles that can enhance specific properties on the object’s surface.

Researchers demonstrated for the first time a practical cloaking device that allows curved surfaces to appear flat to electromagnetic waves.

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Jul 16, 2016

NSF leads federal effort to boost advanced wireless research

Posted by in category: education

NSF’s mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.

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Jul 16, 2016

GM Arrogance Spurred Government to Fund Auto Hacking

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, military

GM executives’ declaration that they didn’t care about automotive security triggered the Pentagon to fund the famous Jeep hack of 2013.

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Jul 16, 2016

This Tablet-Toting Military Vest Is Actually a Giant Battery

Posted by in categories: energy, military, mobile phones

Smartphones and tablets are being used more frequently in the battlefield, and that means that battery power is more important than ever. Soldiers often carry spare battery chargers in the 90-pound combat packs they carry into war zones, but the batteries are often lost or broken. BAE Systems wants to help lighten the load with its new system that lets soldiers plug electronics directly into their clothing.

The BAE Systems Broadsword Spine is a harness that can be sewn into a soldiers vest, jacket, or belt that carries a battery pack and hides charging wires. The harness places the battery pack on the small of a soldier’s back and includes eight conductive fabric conduits that can be used to connect to a USB port.

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Jul 16, 2016

Obama Pledges More Than $400 Million for 5G Research

Posted by in category: internet

The feds will tackle 5G challenges and collaborate with private companies.

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Jul 16, 2016

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Aim To ‘Hack’ the Brain

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, chemistry, cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience

Woo and other entrepreneurs are using fasts and other tricks to “hack” their brain chemistry like they would a computer, hoping to give themselves an edge as they strive to dream up the next billion-dollar idea. Known by insiders as “biohacking,” the push for cognitive self-improvement is gaining momentum in the Silicon Valley tech world, where workers face constant pressure to innovate and produce at the highest levels.

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Jul 16, 2016

A Fast Acting Drug for OCD

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: A new study provides a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind OCD and suggests the disorder could be treated by a class of drugs that has been investigated in clinical trails.

Source: Duke.

Brain receptor acts as switch for OCD symptoms in mice.

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Jul 16, 2016

Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, particle physics

Scientists invent particles that will provide oxygen to your body without breathing!!!


This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can’t breathe anymore. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.

The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient.

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Jul 16, 2016

Virtuix Omni Provides Virtual Worlds in Which to Walk, Run, and Jump

Posted by in categories: entertainment, health, virtual reality

2016 has been called the year that virtual reality becomes a reality, as some of the most anticipated devices will be made available on the consumer market. From Magic Leap (valued at over $1 billion) to Oculus (acquired by Facebook last year for $2 billion), there’s plenty of interest in the market, and ample room for it.

Though virtual reality is often depicted as an experience for the recliner or gaming chair, a number of VR enthusiasts want us to rethink how we engage with the technology. Instead of sitting around, they’d like to get us moving and looking beyond the go-to medium of gaming. Developers of these new devices consider fields like military training and healthcare as valuable places for mobile virtual reality to be applied.

Leading this approach is a Kickstarter VR company called Virtuix, whose treadmill-like device Omni encourages users to get upright and active. The reason to develop such a device felt like a natural evolution to Virtuix’s former Product Manager, Colton Jacobs.

“If I am walking in the virtual world my avatar is actually walking…”, he says, “…then the body’s natural reaction is, I want to stand up, I want to be walking with this avatar as if I’m actually there.”

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Jul 16, 2016

Pancreatic cancer ‘breakthrough’ hailed

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Researchers in the U.K. have made what is described as a “breakthrough reclassification” of pancreatic cancer, which offers new opportunities to treat the often-fatal disease.

A study co-led by professor Andrew Biankin and colleagues at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Cancer Sciences has found four “key subtypes” of the cancer, with each possessing “their own distinct clinical characteristics and differential survival outcomes,” according to a statement released on Thursday.

The researchers’ paper was published in the journal Nature, and named the subtypes as:

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