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Apr 29, 2019

Squid skin inspires creation of next-generation space blanket

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket that gives users the ability to control their temperature. The innovation is detailed in a study published today in Nature Communications.

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Apr 29, 2019

Are Algae Products The Next Big Thing in Sustainability?

Posted by in category: sustainability

At this year’s London Marathon, runners tested out algae pods filled with water instead of paper cups. Algae is the newest sustainable trend.

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Apr 29, 2019

‘It’s the next rising platform’: 2 promising technologies backed by billion-dollar drugmakers could transform the human body into a disease-destroying machine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

MeiraGTx’s founders were interested in those uses; the biotech’s programs today are in diseases of the eye, salivary gland and brain.

But “we wanted to have a broader perspective on how you could potentially use gene therapy” too, CEO Alexandria Forbes says.

That vision is a high-tech, futuristic one, in which the human body can essentially become a medicine-making factory, enabled by gene therapy. But it’ll require more research, and is still years from fruition.

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Apr 29, 2019

Starlink: SpaceX Internet Satellite Constellation Just Got the Green Light

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Starlink could offer internet to anyone on the planet.


Starlink could transmit internet down to the ground.

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Apr 29, 2019

DARPA: This Smart Contact Lens Could Give Soldiers Superpowers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, military

“Smart” contact lenses sound like something from a sci fi movie — but they’re real, and they could help troops in the field.


French engineering school IMT Atlantique revealed what it calls “the first stand-alone contact lens with a flexible micro battery” earlier this month.

And, notably, it caught the attention of the U.S. military’s attention: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly interested in the contact lens to augment troops’ visual capabilities in the field, according to Task and Purpose — meaning the gadget could represent the augmented contact lens that DARPA has spent a decade searching for.

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Apr 29, 2019

SpaceX-Like Startups Think They Can Solve Fusion For Cheap

Posted by in category: space travel

But even with existing research, achieving sustained fusion inside a reactor is still many years out.

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Apr 29, 2019

Researchers find ice feature on Saturn’s giant moon

Posted by in categories: materials, space

Rain, seas and a surface of eroding organic material can be found both on Earth and on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. However, on Titan it is methane, not water, that fills the lakes with slushy raindrops.

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Apr 29, 2019

Chinese scientists insert human brain gene into monkeys

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The experiments could create a new kind of monkey — and a big ethical dilemma.

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Apr 29, 2019

CRISPR Co-Inventor: We’ll Be Eating Gene-Edited Food In Five Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

CRISPR’d crops could help us address both hunger and obesity.

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Apr 29, 2019

Dino: Autonomous Weeding Robot Covers 12 Acres in 9 Hours

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Here is a vegetable weeding robot designed to increase efficiency on large-scale vegetable farms. It works autonomously and can cover up to 12 acres in 9 hours. It uses GPS and camera to get the job done with accuracy.

Dino is designed to reduce labor costs and free up time for farming teams to focus on more important tasks. It can be put on a schedule and since it’s electric, only minimal maintenance is required.

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