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Dec 19, 2017

Great Support During Project For Awesome 2017

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The 2017 Project for Awesome (P4A) has ended, and what a weekend it has been! We have had a significant number of videos created in support of our work, and the encouragement from the community has been superb. It is very inspiring to hear what people have to say about the importance of our work and why they appreciate the work we do. Today, we wanted to have a look at some of the great videos created by the LEAF team and our awesome community.

LEAF President Keith Comito led the charge during P4A and talks about our motivations and our vision for a world without age-related diseases. Science is making huge leaps in progress, and we no longer have to accept age-related diseases as inevitable.

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Dec 18, 2017

The Origin of Our First Interstellar Visitor

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

We were recently visited by a traveler from outside our solar system. This is the first time we’ve ever seen an object that came to us from interstellar space. It’s name is ‘Oumuamua. Check out

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Dec 18, 2017

Using Nanotechnology, not Water, to Clean Solar Panels

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, solar power, space, sustainability

Although solar panels might appear bright and shiny, in desert environments, where they are most frequently installed, layers of dust and other particles can quickly coat their surface. These coatings can affect the panels’ ability to absorb sunlight and drastically reduce the conversion of the sun’s rays into energy, making it necessary to periodically wash the panels with water. But often, in areas like Nevada, water resources are scarce.

Consequently, NEXUS scientists have turned their attention toward developing technologies for waterless cleaning. NASA has already been using such techniques to wash panels in the lunar and Mars missions, but their developed methodologies prove too expensive for widespread public application. NEXUS scientist Biswajit Das of UNLV and his team are aiming to develop a water-free cleaning technology that will be cost-effective for large-scale photovoltaic generation, whereby they look to nanotechnology, rather than water, to clean the panels. “Our mission is to develop a waterless, or at least a less-water cleaning technique to address the effect of dust on solar panels,” Das says. “Once developed, this method will significantly reduce water use for the future PV generation.”

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Dec 18, 2017

Could A.I. Write a Novel Like Hemingway?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way in a short time. So at what point will it be able to emulate the great artists and writers of our time?

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Dec 18, 2017

CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a human near you

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The first clinical trials are slated to begin in the U.S. and Europe while others are stalled.

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Dec 18, 2017

Mutant mosquitoes. Gene drive. And a bold vision to eradicate Zika

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Just three years ago, the idea of wiping out disease-causing mosquitoes using gene drives seemed a distant theoretical possibility. Now it’s in reach.

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Dec 18, 2017

New issue of free Principium interstellar magazine is out!

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Dec 18, 2017

The Holidays are almost here and with it the last days of the winter fundraiser!

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Thanks to the Pineapple Fund we have now raised $1,142,000 of our $1,250,000 goal this year. We are very close now to the finish line and with your help, we can win!

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We will be using these donations to support our research programs both at the SENS Research Foundation Research Center in Mountain View, as well as our programs at Yale, the Buck Institute, the Babraham Institute, and Oxford.

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Dec 18, 2017

Billionaires May Be the Future of Space Policy. Here’s What They Want

Posted by in categories: policy, space

Space nations, UFOs, and Mars colonies are on the wish list.

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Dec 18, 2017

China Is Opening Up City Roads for Driverless Cars

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Drivers in Beijing, beware: soon, you’ll be driving alongside autonomous vehicles.

On Monday, Beijing’s Municipal Commission of Transport announced (Chinese) provisional regulations for testing self-driving cars on city roads. Companies that are registered in China and have tested self-driving cars in enclosed spaces can now apply for permission to test their vehicles on Beijing’s bustling roads.

It certainly won’t be the first city in Asia—or the rest of the world—to embrace autonomous vehicles: self-driving startup nuTonomy already operates in Singapore, and several U.S. cities are home to the cars of Uber, Waymo, and others. But the news is the latest sign of China’s commitment to making autonomous vehicles a reality, in hopes of alleviating congestion on city streets and becoming a leading technology power.

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