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Jul 13, 2019

Sugary drinks linked to breast cancer in new study — experts weigh in

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A study in the British Medical Journal this week found a link between regular consumption of sugary drinks and cancer. Here’s what experts want you to know.

Jul 13, 2019

Ex Vivo Optogenetic Dissection of Fear Circuits in Brain Slices

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Optogenetic approaches are widely used to manipulate neural activity and assess the consequences for brain function. Here, a technique is outlined that upon in vivo expression of the optical activator Channelrhodopsin, allows for ex vivo analysis of synaptic properties of specific long range and local neural connections in fear-related circuits.

Jul 13, 2019

Blurring the Lines Between In Vivo Anatomical and Molecular Imaging

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientist or not, we’re all familiar with X-ray imaging and perhaps its 3D cousin, computed tomography (CT), as well. These platforms are great for looking at bone and dense tissue—to see if there’s a fracture, or maybe a mass in the lung where it shouldn’t be—whereas molecular resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography are the go-to modalities for interrogating softer tissue, like muscle. And for knowing what is happening in the body—as opposed to just where something is—nuclear tracer technologies like positron emission tomography (PET), and to a lesser extent its cousin single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), are the way to go.

These self-same modalities can be found in more diminutive instrumentation for pre-clinical imaging—often equipped with heated beds or chambers, anesthesia and oxygen supplies, and other modifications—specifically designed for small animals. If you also consider instruments capable of optical modalities of fluorescence, bioluminescence and their derivatives—which generally don’t easily translate to the clinic—you find yourself awash in possibilities for in vivo imaging.

Jul 13, 2019

This experimental machine keeps lungs alive outside of the body

Posted by in category: futurism

It has been cleared for use in Europe and Canada but still under review in the U.S.

Jul 13, 2019

Quantum Dot-Based Designed Nanoprobe for Imaging Lipid Droplet

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Nanoprobes were microscopic robotic devices used by the Borg for the primary purpose of assimilation, as well as to help maintenance and even repair their mechanical and biological components on a microscopic level. Injected into a target’s bloodstream via assimilation tubules, the nanoprobes immediately began to take over the host cells’ functions. Nanoprobes could also be modified for a variety of medical and technical tasks.

Jul 13, 2019

H.R.2977 — Space Preservation Act of 2001 Goes on to explain what they cannot do in space pertaining to space wars

Posted by in category: space

Image capture is the portion pertaining to what they cannot do to civilians. As it stands anyway. Just to name a few: weather mod, Chemtrails, extraterrestrial weapons, low frequency and ULF… Ultra low frequency, mood management, and lazers.

Jul 13, 2019

Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Cost of solar power has dropped by 76% since 2012.

Jul 13, 2019

Detroit cops arrest their own police commissioner at heated meeting over facial recognition (VIDEO)

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city’s controversial facial recognition scheme.

Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

Jul 13, 2019

Blind patients have vision partially restored after new brain implant

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

‘It is a real message of hope – I feel within my lifetime we can restore functional sight to the blind’, expert says of successful study.

Jul 13, 2019

Superbugs cling to hospital gowns even after they have been disinfected

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Dangerous superbugs are clinging on to surgical gowns and instruments even after the items have been disinfected, scientists have revealed.

Hospitals have been warned to monitor their hygiene practices after tests showed the pathogen C. difficile is becoming resistant to standard decontamination agents.

The bug, which is thought to be responsible for around 1,600 deaths a year in the UK, can cause diarrhea, fever, rapid heartbeat, inflammation of the intestines, and kidney failure.