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Sep 19, 2018

More than ever, our clothes are made of plastic. Just washing them can pollute the oceans

Posted by in category: materials

How much plastic is your washing machine sending out to sea?

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Sep 19, 2018

Give millions of patients already on statins a new type of drug

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Giving millions of patients already taking statins a new type of drug could slash their heart disease risk even further, research suggests.

Scientists claim pills that are currently under development, called lipoprotein lipase (LPL) enhancers, could prevent thousands of heart attacks.

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Sep 19, 2018

This Super Powerful Magnetic Field Puts Us One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have created the strongest-ever controllable magnetic field, and it could help make nuclear fusion a reality.

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Sep 19, 2018

MIT Machine-Learning System IDs Objects In Photos

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Computer scientists at MIT have developed a machine-learning system that can identify objects in an image based on a spoken description of the image.

Typical speech recognition systems like Google Voice and Siri rely on transcriptions of thousands of hours of speech recordings, which are then used to map speech signals to specific words.

Still in its early stages, the MIT system learns words from recorded speech clips and objects in images and then links them. Several hundred different works and objects can be recognized so far, with expectations that future versions can advance to a larger scale.

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Sep 19, 2018

What Do Most People Misunderstand About Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity?

Posted by in category: futurism

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Sep 19, 2018

For Tiny Light Particles, ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Mean Nothing

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

In the quantum world, the concepts of ‘before’ and ‘after’ can blend together.

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Sep 19, 2018

Space Junk Now Presents a Clear and Present Danger

Posted by in categories: climatology, space

Pollution generated by human activity isn’t limited to the earth and its climate.

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Sep 19, 2018

Weird Infrared Signal Emanates Across Space, But What Created It?

Posted by in category: cosmology

Space is filled with bizarre signals that we scramble to put meaning to — and now, researchers have detected yet another mysterious signal. This one emanated from near a neutron star, and for the first time, it’s infrared.

So, what’s nearby that could have created the weird signal? Scientists have a few ideas.

When a star reaches the end of its life, it typically undergoes a supernova explosion— the star collapses, and if it has enough mass, it will form a black hole. But if the star isn’t massive enough, it will form a neutron star. [Supernova Photos: Great Images of Star Explosions].

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Sep 19, 2018

Targeting Chronic Inflammation Improves Nerve Regeneration

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Today, we want to draw your attention to a new study that looks at the role of chronic age-related inflammation and the decline of nerve regeneration.

Inflammaging drives age-related loss of tissue regeneration

Inflammation can be beneficial and serves an important purpose: it spurs regeneration and immune responses while combating pathogens and other invaders. This kind of inflammation tends to be short-lived and localized to an area of injury. However, there is another form of inflammation, a chronic, smouldering kind that accompanies aging: this is often called inflammaging.

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Sep 19, 2018

Soft wearable exosuit automatically tunes its assistance levels on the fly

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

A team of scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute has just presented its latest creation in the field of robotic exoskeletons, a fully wearable soft exosuit that automatically tweaks its level of assistance on the fly.

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