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Jul 29, 2016

HP Virtual Reality Display

Posted by in category: virtual reality

HP’s boldly goes where no monitor has gone before — virtual reality.

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Jul 29, 2016

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future — By Jack Stewart | Wired

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, solar power, transportation


““The factory is the machine that builds the machine,” Musk says, sitting in the lobby of his new building.”

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Jul 29, 2016

There’s A Gene That Reverses Cellular Aging, And Now We Know How

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

NANOG. I just like the sound of it.

In the biology lab-based equivalent of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, researchers from the University at Buffalo have uncovered the human body’s internal fountain of eternal youth, in the form of a gene called NANOG. When expressing this gene in aged stem cells, the team found that it reactivated certain processes that had become exhausted, restoring their ability to develop into fully functioning muscle cells.

As we go about our lives, wear and tear causes the body’s cells to die via a process called senescence. When this occurs, new cells are created from stem cells in order to replace those that have become senescent, although when we hit old age our stem cells become depleted or unable to develop.

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Jul 29, 2016

Physicists say time travel could be a reality

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, time travel


However, new research carried out at the University of Waterloo and University of Lethbridge, in Canada, argues there is a much longer measureable minimum unit of time.

If true, the existence of such a minimum time changes the basic equations of quantum mechanics.

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Jul 29, 2016

Traveling to Mars with Immortal Plasma Rockets

Posted by in categories: engineering, space travel

Mars mission with plasma rockets concept. NASA


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Jul 29, 2016

Physicists Just Observed a Brand-New State of Matter Where We Thought It Was Impossible

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Physicists assert that they have observed quantum spin liquid state again; however, this time, they have done so in a material where it was thought to be impossible. If verified, it could transform how we understand quantum computing.

Back in April, the physics world freaked out when scientists confirmed that they’d made the first direct observation of a brand-new state of matter – known as quantum spin liquid – for the first time.

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Jul 29, 2016

National Geographic Releases Amibitious New Mars Trailer

Posted by in category: space

National Geographic releases a new Mars trailer for an ambitious new video series about life making a new home on Mars to be released in the fall.

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Jul 29, 2016

Why NASA Astronauts Just Spent A Week Living In A Cave

Posted by in category: space

Spelunking as a space simulation.

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Jul 29, 2016

The Double-Slit Experiment That Blew Open Quantum Mechanics

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Is light a wave or a particle? Yes.

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Jul 29, 2016

Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demand

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

A new method for medicine.

Imagine a cross between one of those multi-color retractable pens and an epi-pen. But instead of colors, the device would have different medications. Now combine this with a tiny, droplet-sized sweatshop full of obedient single-celled organisms genetically engineered to produce those medications, and you’ve got what a team from MIT just published in Nature Communications: A new project, with funding from DARPA, that has demonstrated the ability to synthesize multiple medications on-demand and as-needed using yeast. The discovery could soon revolutionize our ability to deliver medicine after natural disasters or to remote locations.

Let’s stick with the metaphor of an epi-pen. First, the user presses the actuator, which mixes a chemical trigger into a culture of engineered Pichia pastoris cells. Upon exposure to certain chemical triggers, the cells are programmed to produce a protein: in the report, the team used estrogen β-estradiol, which caused the cells to express recombinant human growth hormone (rHGH), and also methanol, which induced the same culture of yeast to make interferon. By controlling the concentration of the chemical trigger and the population of P. pastoris, the team demonstrated that they could make their device produce a dose of either interferon or rHGH on command. To switch between products, they just pushed another button on the microbioreactor, which flushes out the cell culture with clean, sterile fluid.

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