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Jul 2, 2018

A team of researchers may have actually found a cure to the common cold

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers have created a new molecule — IMP-1088 — that can render the human body inhospitable for certain viruses. The tests carried out show it can block several strains of rhinovirus, which is the main cause of the common cold.

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Jul 2, 2018

Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

Posted by in categories: business, food

Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.

Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.

Seattle is believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. The eco-conscious city has been an environmental leader in the U.S., working to aggressively curb the amount of trash that goes into landfills by requiring more options that can be recycled or composted.

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Jul 2, 2018

Why Space Warfare is Inevitable

Posted by in categories: biological, cybercrime/malcode, geopolitics, military, space, treaties

There is increasing chatter among the world’s major military powers about how space is fast becoming the next battleground. China, Russia, and the United States are all taking steps that will ultimately result in the weaponisation of space. Any satellite that can change orbit can be considered a space weapon, but since many of the possible space-based scenarios have yet to occur, cybersecurity experts, military commanders, and policymakers do not fully understand the range of potential consequences that could result.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union was interested in paralysing America’s strategic forces, strategic command, and control and communications, so that its military command could not communicate with its forces. They would do so by first causing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to sever communication and operational capabilities, and then launch a mass attack across the North Pole to blow up US Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).

In 1967, the US, UK and Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty, which was either ratified by or acceded to 105 countries (including China). It set in place laws regarding the use of outer space and banned any nation from stationing nuclear warheads, chemical or biological weapons in space. However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit, so such weapons as kinetic bombardment (i.e. attacking Earth with a projectile) are not strictly prohibited.

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Jul 2, 2018

China brings Star Wars to life with ‘laser AK-47’ that can set fire to targets a kilometre away

Posted by in category: weapons

Handheld weapons that could set fire to targets from long distances are no longer confined to science fiction but a fact of life, according to researchers.

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Jul 2, 2018

Cube Satellite

Posted by in category: satellites


Pinaplano na ng DOST ang paggawa ng cube satellites dito sa Pilipinas matapos makarating sa outer space ang unang cube satellite na gawang Pinoy.

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Jul 2, 2018

Metformin reverses established lung fibrosis

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have shown—for the first time—that established lung fibrosis can be reversed using a drug treatment that targets cell metabolism.

This novel finding, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, is important because, despite significant advances to reveal the pathological mechanisms of persistent , effective treatment interventions are lacking.

Pulmonary fibrosis can develop after injuries like infections, radiation or chemotherapy, or it can have an unknown cause, as in , or IPF is a progressive, and ultimately fatal, that strikes more than 150,000 patients a year in the United States and more than 5 million worldwide.

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Jul 2, 2018

Thailand Leads in Crypto

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

Securities, or not securities. That is the crypto question.

Except in Thailand.

While regulators around the world have grappled with the issue of what category digital currencies and assets fall into, Thailand has skipped the debate altogether.

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Jul 2, 2018

Here’s the solution for 1.3 billion people still lacking electricity

Posted by in categories: energy, finance, sustainability

Geospatial analysis shows that ‘mini-grids’ would be the cheapest technology to provide universal electricity access by 2030.

Achieving universal access to electricity is essential for solving many global development challenges. Decentralized renewable energy technologies have emerged as a viable solution. Small, clean energy utilities called mini-grids are a key piece of the puzzle. They are community-based grids that generate and distribute power at the point of consumption. And they could be the most cost-effective way to deliver access to more than a third of the 1.1 billion people across the world who still lack any electricity supply, according to new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Yet mini-grids are still largely an afterthought for many governments and their financial backers in Africa and Asia. Evidence strongly suggests that this mindset must change if the world is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – access to modern, affordable, clean and reliable energy for all by 2030.

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Jul 2, 2018

A huge meteorite just splashed into the ocean, and scientists want to find it

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

A two-ton rock from the depths of space just plunged into the Pacific Ocean, and researchers want to find it. Fortunately, an oceanic research vessel is nearby, and it’s ready to deploy its high-tech to aid in the search. The Nautilus contains sophisticated sensors and two remote-controlled submarines that can scour the seafloor for fragments.

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Jul 2, 2018

Becoming a Cyborg: From Disabled to More-Than-Able

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs

In the famous sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, John Cavil, a Cylon that appeared human, went on an epic rant that forever changed my perception of biology and my own biological substrate.

MIT rockstar Hugh Herr delivers another TED talk, only this time revealing a major breakthrough that’ll unleash a brave new future of cyborgs!

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