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Jul 19, 2019

Skunk Works’ Exotic Fusion Reactor Program Moves Forward With Larger, More Powerful Design

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

This will be the company’s fifth major design iteration as it pushes ahead toward building a potentially revolutionary practical prototype.

Jul 19, 2019

The Bee Is Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet

Posted by in category: existential risks

The Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk.

Jul 19, 2019

Stanford team stimulates neurons to induce particular perceptions in mice’s minds

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, neuroscience

Hallucinations are spooky and, fortunately, fairly rare. But, a new study suggests, the real question isn’t so much why some people occasionally experience them. It’s why all of us aren’t hallucinating all the time.

In the study, Stanford University School of Medicine neuroscientists stimulated nerve cells in the visual cortex of to induce an illusory image in the animals’ minds. The scientists needed to stimulate a surprisingly small number of , or neurons, in order to generate the perception, which caused the mice to behave in a particular way.

“Back in 2012, we had described the ability to control the activity of individually selected neurons in an awake, alert animal,” said Karl Deisseroth, MD, Ph.D., professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “Now, for the first time, we’ve been able to advance this capability to control multiple individually specified cells at once, and make an animal perceive something specific that in fact is not really there—and behave accordingly.”

Jul 19, 2019

This Open-World Game Lets You Solve Mysteries As A Gang Of Cats

Posted by in category: entertainment

Cat lovers from all over the world rejoice, developer Eric Blumrich is about to deliver you a treat. He is working on Peace Island, a video game which revolves around a group of felines going on adventures and solving mysteries together. If you ever wanted to see the world from a cat’s perspective, this game is your best chance to do so!

More info: patreon.com | youtube.com | kickstarter.com

Jul 19, 2019

NASA’s Fuel-less Space Engine Has Been Tested

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances requires an amount of propellant too massive for current rockets to haul into the void. That is, unless you have an engine that can generate thrust without fuel.

It sounds impossible, but scientists at NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories have been building and testing just such a thing. Called an EmDrive, the physics-defying contraption ostensibly produces thrust simply by bouncing microwaves around inside a closed, cone-shaped cavity, no fuel required.

The device last made headlines in late 2016 when a leaked study reported the results of the latest round of NASA testing. Now, independent researchers in Germany have built their own EmDrive, with the goal of testing innovative propulsion concepts and determining whether their seeming success is real or an artifact.

Jul 19, 2019

Virtual reality glove system takes shape in digital realm

Posted by in categories: electronics, virtual reality

A glove focused on user experience in interacting with virtual objects is in the news. This virtual reality glove is the topic of a research article. The researchers described their virtual reality glove in detail in their paper, “Pneumatic actuator and flexible piezoelectric sensor for soft virtual reality glove system,” in Scientific Reports.

No, this is hardly the first instance of researchers able to reproduce texture but this attempt is noteworthy. As pointed out in natureasia.com, the glove system in this instance is one that allows the wearer to manipulate a virtual hand, pick up an object in virtual reality and feel its shape.

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Jul 19, 2019

Regenerage International, IIMET, and Bioquark Inc. to Collaborate on Clinical Study in Biologic Age Reversal of Photodamaged Skin

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, chemistry, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, science

https://www.prweb.com/releases/regenerage_international_iime…449142.htm

Pretty girl applying moisturizing cream in front of mirror

Jul 19, 2019

Byar Volta is a shaft-driven e-bike that might never need charging

Posted by in category: transportation

Test-riding Byar’s chainless electric bike with all-in-one hub motor and integrated lock.

Jul 19, 2019

Self charging car batteries mean you’ll never need to plug in

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

(21 Oct 2017) LEADIN:

Forget plugging in to charge up your new electric car, engineers are now working towards a future where you never need to plug in ever again.

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Jul 19, 2019

Astrocyte Senescence Leads to Neurotoxicity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

In a recent study, a group of researchers from Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Tel Aviv University examined astrocytes in mice and found that these cells exhibited a senescent phenotype that led to neurodegeneration and neurotoxicity [1].

Age-dependent increase in senescent astrocytes adjacent to Aβ plaques

Cellular senescence, discovered in 1961 by Leonard Hayflick and Paul Moorhead, is a state in which cells no longer perform their functions, instead emitting harmful chemicals that turn other cells senescent… These cells are caused primarily by telomere shortening and DNA damage, they are known to contribute to many diseases, and this is not the first study that links them to neurodegeneration.