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Nov 24, 2018

Mars InSight: The silence of space

Posted by in category: space

NASA’s latest probe is carrying super-sensitive UK seismometers to the Red Planet.

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Nov 24, 2018

Human images from world’s first total-body scanner unveiled

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

EXPLORER, the world’s first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans.

The brainchild of UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, EXPLORER is a combined (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) that can image the entire body at the same time. Because the machine captures radiation far more efficiently than other scanners, EXPLORER can produce an image in as little as one second and, over time, produce movies that can track specially tagged drugs as they move around the entire body.

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Nov 24, 2018

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.

By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling. It’s a different technology than today’s controversial “genetically modified” foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has declared gene editing one of the breakthroughs needed to improve food production so the world can feed billions more people amid a changing climate. Yet governments are wrestling with how to regulate this powerful new tool. And after years of confusion and rancor, will shoppers accept gene-edited foods or view them as GMOs in disguise?

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Nov 24, 2018

Forensic DNA Databanks

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

ACLU Forum on Forensic DNA Databases.

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Nov 24, 2018

What’s the most amazing result in mathematics?

Posted by in category: futurism

Euler’s identity, the Banach-Tarski paradox and the sum of all numbers up to infinity are all pretty amazing.

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Nov 24, 2018

Twin’s Difficult Birth Put A Project Designed To Reduce C-Sections To The Test

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Pilot Project To Reduce C-Sections Put To The Test By A Twin’s Difficult Birth : Shots — Health News A woman had twins in a hospital south of Boston last summer, right around dinner time. For doctors aiming to reduce cesareans, the second baby’s tricky arrival tested the limits of teamwork.

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Nov 24, 2018

Meet the 14-year-old quantum physics whiz who’s already graduating college

Posted by in categories: futurism, quantum physics

Carson Huey-You is only 14 years old but he will become Texas Christian University’s youngest graduate on Saturday. NBC’s Jacob Rascon reports for TODAY on the teen’s extraordinary academic story and his promising future. May 13, 2017.

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Nov 24, 2018

2016 New Zealand earthquake moved islands closer together and lowered a city

Posted by in category: government

However, the gap from Cape Campbell, where the main rupture ended in the South Island, and the New Zealand capital Wellington at the bottom of the North Island is still more than 50km.

At least 25 fault lines ruptured in the 2016 quake, which earthquake geologist Rob Langridge from the government’s geoscience research organisation GNS Science said made it one of the most complex earthquakes observed anywhere in the world.

Fellow GNS scientist Sigrun Hreinsdottir told the Stuff website on Friday that the sheer number of faults made it difficult to distinguish which was responsible for the post-quake creep.

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Nov 24, 2018

NASA closes call for small payloads to study the surface of the Moon

Posted by in category: satellites

Satellites and rockets are getting smaller. Why not rovers, too?

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Nov 24, 2018

Russia’s top space official says their mission to the moon will help verify conspiracy theory

Posted by in category: space travel

One Russian poll found that 28% of respondents doubted the moon landing.


The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real.

“We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they’ve been there or not,” said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted Saturday on Twitter.

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