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Jan 23, 2019

From fruit flies to Boy Scouts: A brief history of science in space

Posted by in categories: science, space

The formal handover of the Chinese payload to NanoRacks at the Space Life Sciences Lab in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo credit: NanoRacks.

Small effort, big gains

Clearly, a lot of progress has been made toward making the space lab more analogous to the Earth lab in the past few years, and NanoRacks has played no small part in those improvements. Despite the challenges that still remain for microgravity research, some truly significant work has been accomplished. With just a little more investment, Carruthers believes, much larger gains can be made.

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Jan 23, 2019

Amazon has made its own autonomous six-wheeled delivery robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Amazon enters the robot delivery fray.

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Jan 23, 2019

In surprising reversal, scientists find a cellular process that stops cancer before it starts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Just as plastic tips protect the ends of shoelaces and keep them from fraying when we tie them, molecular tips called telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes and keep them from fusing when cells continually divide and duplicate their DNA. But while losing the plastic tips may lead to messy laces, telomere loss may lead to cancer.

Salk Institute scientists studying the relationship of telomeres to cancer made a surprising discovery: a cellular recycling process called autophagy—generally thought of as a —actually promotes the death of cells, thereby preventing cancer initiation.

The work, which appeared in the journal Nature on January 23, 2019, reveals autophagy to be a completely novel tumor-suppressing pathway and suggests that treatments to block the process in an effort to curb cancer may unintentionally promote it very early on.

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Jan 23, 2019

Ingestible Nanobots To Start Delivering Drugs Into Blood Vessels

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

A newly designed set of nanorobots could be the key to implementing a new global structure of administering medication using nanobots.

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Jan 23, 2019

A Cooler Cloud: A Clever Conduit Cuts Data Centers’ Cooling Needs

Posted by in categories: computing, physics

The energy use of data centers is a major drag on resources, but they also use a lot of water. Any technology that increases their efficiency while reducing resource waste is a good thing.

“Now, Forced Physics, a company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has developed a low-power system that it says could slash a data center’s energy requirements for cooling by 90 percent. The company’s JouleForce conductor is a passive system that uses ambient, filtered, nonrefrigerated air to whisk heat away from computer chips.”


The company that created it, Forced Physics, plans to install the technology in a pilot plant in February.

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Jan 23, 2019

Don’t Bring Extinct Creatures Back to Life

Posted by in categories: biological, existential risks

What if woolly mammoths could walk the planet once again? De-extinction – or the process of creating an organism which is a member of, or closely resembles, an extinct species – was once a sci-fi fantasy only imaginable in films like “Jurassic Park.” But recent biological and technological breakthroughs indicate that reviving extinct creatures could become a reality. Even if advancements get us there, should we do it?

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Jan 23, 2019

Aether and UCL Researchers Democratizing 3D Printed Nanotech at 2% of Competitor Cost

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, nanotechnology

Aether collaborating with University College London and Loughborough University to develop 3D printing nanotechnology at a revolutionary low cost.

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Jan 23, 2019

Common Food Additives May Promote Anxiety-Related Behavior In Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, neuroscience, sex

Food additives known as dietary emulsifiers, commonly found in processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, may adversely affect anxiety-related and social behaviors in mice, Georgia State researchers have found.

The scientists also observed sex differences in the mice’s behavioral patterns, suggesting that emulsifiers affect the brain via distinct mechanisms in males and females.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, was led by Geert de Vries, professor of neuroscience and associate vice president for research at Georgia State, and Benoit Chassaing, assistant professor of neuroscience. Andrew T. Gewirtz, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, also contributed.

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Jan 23, 2019

Five Scenarios for a Techno-Apocalypse

Posted by in category: futurism

Few people remember that the Panama Canal started out as a world-cringing disaster, with the French Company spending over $287 million and causing more than 20,000 deaths, before throwing in the towel and filing for bankruptcy. Again, this set the stage for a far more successful effort led by the U.S. that followed.

But what happens when we no longer fail forward? Or what if there are too many failures all at once?

We are more dependent on technology today, than ever before in history. And it’s rather obvious, as this trend continues, that we will use more technology in the future than we do today.

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Jan 23, 2019

What’s next for China in lunar exploration?

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions.

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