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Aug 12, 2019

Blue Origin files protest over ‘flawed’ Air Force launch procurement

Posted by in categories: government, space travel

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Monday challenging the Air Force’s plan to select two providers in the next procurement of launch services under the National Security Space Launch program.

Blue Origin, a rocket manufacturer and suborbital spaceflight company founded by Jeff Bezos, filed what is known as a “pre-award” protest with the GAO, arguing that the rules set by the Air Force do not allow for a fair and open competition.

“The Air Force is pursuing a flawed acquisition strategy for the National Security Space Launch program,” states a Blue Origin fact sheet that outlines the reasons for the protest.

Aug 12, 2019

Self-repairing organs could save your life in a heartbeat

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Our cells are more malleable than we thought – and by transforming them inside the body, we can mend broken hearts or even degenerating brains from within.

Aug 12, 2019

We are happy to announce our support for LIfT Biosciences. LIfT is developing the world’s first cell therapy to destroy all solid tumors, irrespective of strain or mutation. The team lead by Alex Blyth is achieving this by building the world’s 1st cell bank of innately cancer-killing neutrophils. Congrats!

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We are happy to announce our support for LIfT Biosciences. LIfT is developing the world’s first cell therapy to destroy all solid tumors, irrespective of strain or mutation.

The team lead by Alex Blyth is achieving this by building the world’s 1st cell bank of innately cancer-killing neutrophils. Congrats!

Aug 12, 2019

Milky Way’s black hole has got 75 times brighter and we don’t know why

Posted by in category: cosmology

The supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy has suddenly started flashing brighter than we have ever seen it, and astronomers don’t know why.

Aug 11, 2019

Supergravity theory wins scientists $3M Breakthrough Prize

Posted by in categories: innovation, quantum physics

The scientists who came up with the theory of supergravity in the 1970s are $3 million richer.

The trio, physicists Sergio Ferrara, Daniel Z. Freedman and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, according to a statement Wednesday.

Supergravity is described in the prize announcement as a theory in which, “quantum variables are part of the description of the geometry of spacetime.”

Aug 11, 2019

With the global economy facing countless flashpoints, governments are turning inward

Posted by in categories: economics, finance

The bottom line: The world as we know it — of complex global supply chains and countries playing to their best Ricardian advantage — is rapidly transforming into an atavistic place of trade barriers and bellicose rhetoric. If countries increasingly retreat into their nationalistic shells, no amount of fiscal or monetary stimulus will be able to head off the inevitable economic and financial consequences.

Global financial system.

Aug 11, 2019

10 First Jobs that Will Be Eliminated

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Are you teriffied about your jobs will be taken away by AI. If you do, then check out the first jobs that will be eliminated by AI. This will help you prep.

Aug 11, 2019

Novel dual stem cell therapy improving cardiac regeneration

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

As a medical emergency caused by severe cardiovascular diseases, myocardial infarction (MI) can inflict permanent and life-threatening damage to the heart. A joint research team comprising scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently developed a multipronged approach for concurrently rejuvenating both the muscle cells and vascular systems of the heart by utilizing two types of stem cells. The findings give hope to develop a new treatment for repairing MI heart, as an alternative to the existing complex and risky heart transplant for seriously-ill patients.

MI is a fatal disorder caused by a shortage of coronary blood supply to the myocardium. It leads to permanent loss of (cardiomyocytes, CMs), and scar tissue formation, resulting in irreversible damage to or even heart failure. With limited therapeutic options for severe MI and advanced heart failure, a heart transplant is the last resort. But it is very risky, costly and subject to limited suitable donors. Therefore, stem cell-based therapy has emerged as a promising therapeutic option.

Dr. Ban Kiwon, a stem cell biologist from Department of Biomedical Sciences at CityU, has been focusing on developing novel stem cell-based treatments for cardiac regeneration. “Heart is an organ composed of cardiac muscles and blood vessels, where vessels are essential to supply oxygen and energy to the muscles. Since both cardiac muscles and vasculatures would be severely damaged following MI, the therapeutic strategies should focus on comprehensive repair of both at the same time. But so far the strategies only focus on either one,” he explains.

Aug 11, 2019

AI Provides Solutions for the Japanese Fishing Industry

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

In the 1990s farmed fish (aquaculture) accounted for about one-quarter of global seafood production according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. Now, with demand rising and the ocean’s resources being steadily depleted, aquaculture has overtaken wild fishery, globally producing more than 100 million metric tonnes of seafood each year.

Artificial intelligence is increasingly used in aquaculture management to analyze water conditions, environmental changes and fish status. And nowhere are these emerging fishing industry technologies more important than in Japan.

According to a report by private research group Yano Economic Research Institute, Japan’s aquaculture market will reach JP¥20.3 billion in 2021, an increase of 53 percent from 2016. AI-powered smart fisheries will account for JP¥1.3 billion, a figure that is rising quickly.

Aug 11, 2019

Scientists Are Testing Whether Bacteria Could Help Them Mine The Riches of Space

Posted by in categories: biological, space

Astrobiologists have sent 18 different strains of bacteria up to the International Space Station.

They’re not meant to contaminate the already-kinda-gross orbital research center, but rather to determine whether the mineral-leaching microbes could help astronauts mine space rocks during future missions, reports.

If the so-called BioRock experiment pans out, the researchers behind the experiment argue that it could help humanity turn space rocks on the Moon or Mars into farmable soil for future human settlements.