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Apr 17, 2019

Researchers Just Demonstrated Nuclear Fusion in a Device Small Enough to Keep at Home

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When it comes to the kinds of technology needed to contain a sun, there are currently just two horses in the race. Neither is what you’d call ‘petite’.

An earlier form of fusion technology that barely made it out of the starting blocks has just overcome a serious hurdle. It’s got a long way to catch up, but given its potential cost and versatility, a table-sized fusion device like this is worth watching out for.

While many have long given up on an early form of plasma confinement called the Z-pinch as a feasible way to generate power, researchers at the University of Washington in the US have continued to look for a way to overcome its shortcomings.

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Apr 17, 2019

Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Oral cancer is known for its high mortality rate in developing countries, but an international team of scientists hope its latest discovery will change that.

Researchers from the University of Otago and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, have discovered epigenetic markers that are distinctly different in tissues compared to the adjacent healthy tissues in patients.

Co-author Dr. Aniruddha Chatterjee, of Otago’s Department of Pathology, says finding these biomarkers is strongly associated with patient survival.

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Apr 17, 2019

Scientists restore some functions in a pig’s BRAIN hours after it died

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, sustainability

Scientists bring some functions in a pig’s BRAIN ‘back to life’ — four hours after the farm animal died„.

Scientists have been able to partially revive the brains of decapitated pigs that died four hours earlier in a groundbreaking study.

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Apr 17, 2019

Mars in the Gobi Desert

Posted by in categories: education, space

In the desert hills of China’s Gansu province, a company called C-Space has just opened “Mars Base 1,” a simulated Martian base of operations for future astronauts. Plans for the base, currently an educational facility, include expansion—becoming more of a tourist destination soon, adding a space-themed hotel and restaurant. Photographers were on hand as some of the first student groups arrived to tour this vision of Mars in the China’s Gobi desert.

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Apr 17, 2019

Interstellar Meteor Likely Struck Earth In 2014, Say Astronomers

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

Astronomers claim detection of a first observed interstellar meteor; one that collided with Earth’s atmosphere at very high velocity in 2014, somewhere off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

Apr 17, 2019

Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water

Posted by in categories: innovation, sustainability

About a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. Desalinating salty water into drinkable water can help to fill this dangerous gap. But traditional desalination systems are far too expensive to install and operate in many locations, especially in low-income countries and remote areas.

Now researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering have demonstrated a successful prototype of one critical component for affordable small-scale desalination: an inexpensive solar evaporator, made of . The evaporator generates steam with and minimal need for maintenance, says Liangbing Hu, associate professor of science and engineering and affiliate of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute.

The design employs a technique known as interfacial evaporation, “which shows great potential in response to global water scarcity because of its high solar-to-vapor efficiency, low environmental impact, and portable device design with low cost,” Hu says. “These features make it suitable for off-grid water generation and purification, especially for .”

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Apr 17, 2019

These machines pull clean drinking water out of thin air, and they might be a solution to the global water crisis

Posted by in category: sustainability

World Water Day aims to raise awareness of the global water crisis, which could leave one in four people with a recurring water shortage by 2050. As the global population continues to climb, that means more than 2 billion people could soon be starved for world’s most precious resource.

To tackle this mounting issue, one company has turned to a solution in nature.

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Apr 17, 2019

AquaBoy® Pro II Air to Water Generator

Posted by in category: sustainability

Make water from the air with the AquaBoy® Pro II, air to water generator. The AquaBoy® Pro II produces up to 2 to 5 gallons per day of “purified great tasting water” by making it directly from the air around us. This award-winning, luxury appliance provides access to both hot and cold purified drinking water with just the touch of a button that is perfect for hot tea, gourmet coffee, purified ice, cooking, pet care and much more. There is also a hot water lock button to help prevent accidental dispensing.

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Apr 17, 2019

New CRISPR Tech Could Cure Herpes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Gene hacking techniques that were recently used in human cells for the first time could someday let doctors shred up and destroy viruses like herpes or hepatitis B inside human cells, scientists say.

The new technique is called CRISPR-Cas3 — usually, when you hear about CRISPR tech, it’s the Cas9 variety — and Cornell researchers believe it could be used to cure viral diseases, according to a university-published press release.

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Apr 17, 2019

The first of the TTC’s zero-emission electric buses rolled into town today (PHOTOS)

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The first of the TTC’s zero-emission electric buses arrived today.

According to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green, the new vehicle must undergo testing and commissioning first before it can enter regular service later this spring.

The first of the #TTC ‘s zero emission electric buses arrived today! This @newflyer vehicle (#3700) will undergo testing and commissioning before it enters regular service later this Spring. We’ll have 60 e-buses by year end, making the TTC a national clean-tech fleet leader.

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