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Oct 25, 2016

Researchers discover new rules for quasicrystals

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, particle physics

Crystals are defined by their repeating, symmetrical patterns and long-range order. Unlike amorphous materials, in which atoms are randomly packed together, the atoms in a crystal are arranged in a predictable way. Quasicrystals are an exotic exception to this rule. First discovered in 1982, their atoms pack together in an orderly fashion, but in a mosaic-like pattern that doesn’t repeat and can’t be predicted from a small sample.

Being able to map out the position of within a quasicrystal is a prerequisite for achieving a complete understanding of their structure and aids in designing them for specific applications, but conventional microscopy techniques don’t have the resolution to accomplish such a task.

In an effort to address this challenge, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan have engineered a quasicrystal that is formed by self-assembling nanoparticles, which are an order of magnitude larger than the atoms that comprise traditional quasicrystals. Their larger size enabled the team to use a suite of microscopy and simulation techniques to deduce, for the first time, the full three-dimensional configuration of a spontaneously formed quasicrystal.

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Oct 25, 2016

Watch a student-designed Hyperloop pod LEVITATE for the first time

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

The future of travel is here: Watch a Hyperloop pod designed by students LEVITATE for the first time…


A team of more than 60 students from the University of Cincinnati came up with the prototype as part of Tesla boss Elon Musk’s Hyperloop design competition.

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Oct 25, 2016

The Lancet: Swiss doctors report success of using cells from the nose to repair damaged knee joints 2 years post operation

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Tissue engineering makes further progress for repairing damaged joints.


Writing in The Lancet, Swiss doctors report that cartilage cells harvested from patients’ own noses have been used to successfully produce cartilage transplants for the treatment of the knees of 10 adults (aged 18–55 years) whose cartilage was damaged by injury. Two years after reconstruction, most recipients reported improvements in pain, knee function, and quality of life, as well as developing repair tissue that is similar in composition to native cartilage.

Despite this promising start, however, the effectiveness of the procedure needs to be rigorously assessed in larger randomised trials compared to conventional treatments and with longer follow up before any firm conclusions can be drawn about its use in routine clinical practice, say the authors.

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Oct 25, 2016

Metal-Munching Microbes Could Manufacture Machines On Mars

Posted by in categories: biological, engineering, space

NASA is funding the development of engineered bugs that eat and excrete metal.

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Oct 24, 2016

AI-powered security cameras recognize small details faster

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

On-board processing will give every digital eye a very powerful brain.

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Oct 24, 2016

Meet the Fully Programmable Linux Computer That’s Smaller Than a Coin

Posted by in categories: computing, media & arts, security

Microcomputers are great for learning about code and hardware. The VoCore2 Mini is the smallest ever, packing full Linux functionality and wireless connectivity into a coin-sized device. New Atlas Deals has it for just $42.99.

This impressive little computer is capable of running programs in C, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, and many other languages. This means you can code the VoCore2 to expand its functionality, turning it into a VPN gateway, airplay music station, and much more.

You can also augment the VoCore2 with hardware components for further tinkering fun. Add a USB webcam to turn it into a home security camera, attach a microphone to issue voice commands to Siri or Echo, and so on. Your projects are limited only by your imagination.

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Oct 24, 2016

Fighting cancer with the power of immunity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Combination therapy to kick cancer to the curb!


Harnessing the body’s own immune system to destroy tumors is a tantalizing prospect that has yet to realize its full potential. However, a new advance from MIT may bring this strategy, known as cancer immunotherapy, closer to becoming reality.

In the new study, the researchers used a combination of four different therapies to activate both of the immune system’s two branches, producing a coordinated attack that led to the complete disappearance of large, in mice.

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Oct 24, 2016

Voyager 2 “hacked” in deep space? NASA Scientist: It can be called an alien language

Posted by in category: alien life

BELGRADE – NASA’s ground-breaking voyager 2 probe is more than 3 decades into its epic journey towards deep space. On April 22nd, 2010 just as the craft prepares to cross the boundary to enter into interstellar space, it malfunctions, physics-astronomy.com reported.

As NASA’s planetary scientist, Kevin Baines said:

“Just about 10 billion miles away from the Earth and all of the sudden it starts sending data in the language we don’t understand. It can be called as an alien language”

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Oct 24, 2016

Assassin’s Creed — Virtual Reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

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Oct 24, 2016

Newly-developed ‘gene therapy in a box’ could save millions of lives

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Gene therapy in a box could reduce costs and save lives.


unnamed-1Gene therapy — the process of genetically altering cells to treat disease — is a highly promising process being studied as a way to cure devastating conditions like genetic disorders, HIV, and even cancer.

But despite the great need for medical advances in these areas, gene therapy can only be performed at a handful of high-tech clinics around the world and require highly trained staff, meaning that it may never be accessible to the millions of people whose lives it could save.

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