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Dec 21, 2016

‘Mars Ice Home’: Team Chips Away at Off-Earth House’s Design

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

The first pioneers on Mars may build their homes using the ice beneath their feet.

In November, a University of Texas research team reported that Mars’ Utopia Planitia region contains about as much water, in the form of buried ice, as Lake Superior does here on Earth.

This ice layer, which spans a greater area than the state of New Mexico, lies in Mars’ mid-northern latitudes and is covered by just 3 feet to 33 feet (1 to 10 meters) of soil, the scientists determined. [Photos: The Search for Water on Mars].

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Dec 21, 2016

China says tests of Propellentless EMDrive on Tiangong 2 space station were successful

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, satellites

Dr. Chen Yue, Director of Commercial Satellite Technology for the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) announced on December 10, 2016 that not only has China successfully tested EmDrives technology in its laboratories, but that a proof-of-concept is currently undergoing zero-g testing in orbit (according to the International Business Times, this test is taking place on the Tiangong 2 space station).

Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology claim NASA’s results ‘re-confirm’ what they’d already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites ‘as quickly as possible.’

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Dec 20, 2016

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL CLOUD DUSTING — Fuel: Carbon Contributions — Solve CoLab

Posted by in category: energy

My solution for air pollution. What do u think?

Solve CoLab is a forum in which individuals and groups collaborate on solutions to global challenges.

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Dec 20, 2016

ESA’s ExoMars Prepares To Sample Lower Martian Atmosphere

Posted by in category: space

ExoMars will soon start aerobraking in Mars orbit in a years-long effort to sample Mars super-thin lower atmosphere in the ongoing search for trace gases indicative of life and active geology.

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is preparing to aerobrake into parts of the unexplored Martian lower atmosphere in search of methane, water vapor and other possible signatures of life on the Red Planet.

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Dec 20, 2016

Researchers map genome-wide changes that drive T cell maturation and exhaustion

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

New study provides deeper insight into the immune system.

In a bid to better understand the gene expression patterns that control T cell activity, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology mapped genome-wide changes in chromatin accessibility as T cells respond to acute and chronic virus infections. Their findings, published in the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of Immunity, shed light on the molecular mechanisms that determine the fate of T lymphocytes and open new approaches to clinical intervention strategies to modulate T cell activity and improve immune function.

“Identifying the different factors that determine different T cell states and therefore their function helps us understand if T cells will be able or not to fight viral infections or tumor growth, and if they will be able or not to provide long-term protection,” says the study’s first author James Scott-Browne, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Anjana Rao, a professor in the Division of Signaling and Gene Expression. “We may be able to revert the exhaustion phenotype of T cells and render them better able to fight tumors or chronic viral infections such as HIV, or generate better memory cells in response to vaccines.”

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Dec 20, 2016

Stanford manufactures gene-engineered cells to cure the incurable

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, life extension

Stanford University’s amazing new regenerative medicine facility where the impossible is becoming possible.

The 25,000-square-foot facility, which opened last September, puts Stanford at the forefront of one of medicine’s most important and promising trends: regenerative medicine, which aims to refurbish diseased or damaged tissue using the body’s own healthy cells.

“We’re curing the incurable,” said laboratory director David DiGiusto, who holds a doctorate.

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Dec 20, 2016

Artificial intelligence is going to make it easier than ever to fake images and video

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Smile Vector is a Twitter bot that can make any celebrity smile. It scrapes the web for pictures of faces, and then it morphs their expressions using a deep-learning-powered neural network. Its results aren’t perfect, but they’re created completely automatically, and it’s just a small hint of what’s to come as artificial intelligence opens a new world of image, audio, and video fakery. Imagine a version of Photoshop that can edit an image as easily as you can edit a Word document — will we ever trust our own eyes again?

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Dec 20, 2016

Why Microsoft believes we’re on the threshold of quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The time is right to make quantum computing real…

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Dec 20, 2016

The Next Big Thing In Your Next Device Could Be This Ultra-Thin Lighting

Posted by in category: computing

With micro-LEDS, Rohinni aims to advance product lighting, starting with laptops.

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Dec 20, 2016

Immune Restoration Results from Placing a Young Thymus into an Aged Mouse

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Decline of the immune system is one of the areas SENS are working on, with just over a week left for the Winter Fundraiser and Triple donation match now is the time to support their work!

Immunosenescence is a key process in aging and rejuvention or replacement of the thymus which gradually wastes away as we age exposing us to pathogens is an important step in dealing with age-related diseases. SENS is working on these problems so if you want to see solutions please consider donating to our Winter Fundraiser today on the link below:

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