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Jul 6, 2019

Biological evolution was preceded by a long phase of chemical evolution during which precursors of biopolymers accumulated

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution

LMU chemists have discovered an efficient mechanism for the prebiotic synthesis of a vital class of such compounds.

Jul 6, 2019

Pillars of light appear in Sulu skies

Posted by in categories: entertainment, innovation

“Pillars of light” appeared again in the province of Sulu this year, and were captured in several photos shared by netizens. Current latest trending Philippine headlines on science, technology breakthroughs, hardware devices, geeks, gaming, web/desktop applications, mobile apps, social media buzz and gadget reviews.

Jul 6, 2019

11 Million People Employed in Renewable Energy Worldwide in 2018

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, energy, sustainability

Eleven million people had renewable energy jobs in 2018, according to the latest analysis from IRENA. New data shows that the diversification of the renewable energy supply chain is changing the sector’s geographic footprint, and more countries are tapping into the socio-economic gains of the energy transition.

Jul 6, 2019

NASA taps Carnegie Mellon to build small, speedy MoonRanger lunar rover

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

NASA has awarded Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Astrobotic a US$5.6 million contract to build a new suitcase-sized robotic lunar rover that could land on the Moon as soon as 2021. One of 12 proposals selected as part of the agency’s Lunar Surface and Instrumentation and Technology Payload (LSITP) program, the 24-lb (11-kg) MoonRanger rover is designed to operate autonomously on week-long missions within 0.6 mi (1 km) of its lander.

Jul 6, 2019

Starship first flight announced, SpaceX’s rocket to ‘establish a civilization on Mars’

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX’s Starship, the launch system designed to carry colonists to Mars, will likely have its maiden voyage in 2021, a company executive said.

Jul 6, 2019

Doctors Now Prescribing Music Therapy for Heart Ailments, Brain Dysfunction, Learning Disabilities, Depression, PTSD, Alzheimers, Childhood Development and More

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, neuroscience

Music has proven time and again to be an important component of human culture. From its ceremonial origin to modern medical usage for personal motivation, concentration, and shifting mood, music is a powerful balm for the human soul. Though traditional “music therapy” encompasses a specific set of practices, the broader use of music as a therapeutic tool can be seen nowadays as doctors are found recommending music for a wide variety of conditions.

Jul 6, 2019

Researchers use kirigami to spin terahertz rays

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, encryption

CHICAGO, July 2 (Xinhua) — With a light-spinning device inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) have detected microscopic twists in the internal structure of plant and animal tissue without harmful X-rays.

The approach is the first that can fully rotate terahertz radiation in real time, and could open new dimensions in medical imaging, encrypted communications and cosmology, according to a news release posted on UM’s website on Monday.

With an eye to exploring how chirality may help distinguish tissues, the researchers gathered everyday biological materials to look for differences in the absorption of clockwise- or counter-clockwise-rotating radiation in the terahertz spectrum. They studied a maple leaf, a dandelion flower, pork fat and the wing case of an iridescent beetle.

Jul 6, 2019

A BFF in Space! Bioprinter Will 3D-Print Human Tissue on the Space Station

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, space

The futuristic gizmo will launch this month.

Jul 6, 2019

Scientists Create Part-Atom, Part-Light Hybrid Particle

Posted by in category: particle physics

Photons normally do not interact with each other, but researchers found that they can get particles of light to interact with each other like matter does. They produced particles called Floquet polaritons.

Jul 6, 2019

To cure brain diseases, neuroscientists must collaborate: That’s why I’m giving my data away

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Thomas Durcan’s lab is growing 3D mini-brains in the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Over the next year he is giving all his lab’s protocols, methods and results away.