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Jan 23, 2019

Blue Origin Just Landed Its First Rocket of 2019 Ahead of Crewed Flight

Posted by in category: space travel

It’s an important step for the firm.

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Jan 23, 2019

Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, genetics

Biologists have demonstrated for the first time that a controversial genetic engineering technology works, with caveats, in mammals.

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Jan 23, 2019

$225 billion drug giant Novartis is taking a fresh approach to cancer treatment, and it could help prepare it for a ‘doomsday scenario’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, existential risks

Pharma giant Novartis is developing drugs that could prevent cancer before patients get it. One big question: how will we pay for them?

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Jan 23, 2019

Scientists Reconstruct an Object

Posted by in category: entertainment

Taking a page from film noir spycraft, a team of researchers found a way to photograph an object while pointing a camera in the opposite direction.

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Jan 23, 2019

Cancer-slaying virus may fight childhood eye tumor

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Clinical trial tests new approach to treat potentially fatal cancer.

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Jan 23, 2019

What’s inside nothing? This laser will rip it up to find out

Posted by in category: particle physics

Far from being empty, the vacuum of space could be brimming with mysterious virtual particles. We now have a machine powerful enough to tear it apart and see.

By Jon Cartwright

IMAGINE a place far from here, deep in the emptiness of space. This point is light years from Earth, vastly distant from any nebula, star or lonely atom. We have many words for what you would find in such a place: a void, a vacuum, a lacuna. In fact, this nothingness is a sea of activity.

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Jan 23, 2019

New information surfaces on black hole at the center of our galaxy

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomers have announced that they have gathered new data on the black hole that lies at the center of our galaxy. The new information was gleaned when the scientists added the ALMA telescope into the array of telescopes being used to study the black hole. The discovery has found that the emissions from the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A (Sgr A), comes from a smaller region than previously believed.

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Jan 23, 2019

Peat Bogs Are Freakishly Good at Preserving Human Remains

Posted by in category: futurism

What makes these spongy, waterlogged areas of decaying plant matter so perfect at preservation? In a word: science.

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Jan 23, 2019

‘Great Wave’ depicted in Hokusai’s masterpiece recreated by scientists

Posted by in category: innovation

For nearly 200 years, Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa has inspired wonder partly because the event it depicts, a towering freak wave, has defied scientific explanation.

Now, a team at Oxford and Edinburgh universities claim to have laid the mystery to rest by successfully creating one for themselves — and it looks remarkably similar.

The achievement is being hailed as a significant breakthrough because, so far, meteorologists and sailors have had no means of predicting the likelihood of violent waves that are unexpectedly large compared to their surroundings.

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Jan 23, 2019

It’s the End of the Gene As We Know It

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

We’ve all seen the stark headlines: “Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA” (Guardian, July 12); “A New Genetic Test Could Help Determine Children’s Success” (Newsweek, July 10); “Our Fortunetelling Genes” make us (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 16); and so on.

The problem is, many of these headlines are not discussing real genes at all, but a crude statistical model of them, involving dozens of unlikely assumptions. Now, slowly but surely, that whole conceptual model of the gene is being challenged.

We have reached peak gene, and passed it.

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