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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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Oct 24, 2016

Craig Venter: Bridging the Gap Between Our Genomes, Ourselves

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Craig Venter’s New Enterprise: You

Scientist who jump-started the Human Genome Project works to integrate ‘personalized and preventive care into the practice of medicine.’

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Oct 24, 2016

Positron Dynamics near term work to proving out antimatter catalyzed deuterium fusion propulsion with over 100,000 ISP

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Nextbigfuture has interviewed Ryan Weed, CEO of Positron Dynamics. Positron Dynamics is developing antimatter catalyzed fusion propulsion which they will first demonstrate in a cubesat launch. They are getting around the still mostly unsolved difficulties of storing antimatter. They are doing this by using Sodium 22 isotopes.

Positron Dynamics has previously received a lot of press coverage when it was funded by the Thiel Breakthrough foundation to work on antimatter.

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Oct 24, 2016

5 Ways Medical VR Is Changing Healthcare

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, virtual reality

Virtual Reality started its fascinating take-over of healthcare for the greatest pleasure of patients and doctors alike. Here are five great examples of medical VR transforming patient lives and how doctors work.

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Oct 24, 2016

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to top scientists

Posted by in categories: futurism, government

The government’s research-and-development arm has some exciting predictions for the world of tomorrow.

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Oct 24, 2016

China just showcased the world’s most human-like robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Oct 24, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg is determined to launch his social network in China, whatever it takes

Posted by in category: government

The Chinese government likes to control social media and what people do with it—but Facebook looks willing to launch in China anyway.

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Oct 24, 2016

Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but the files can be deleted

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, surveillance

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.

The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.

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Oct 24, 2016

European Scientists Want To Shoot A Giant Bullet At Europa

Posted by in category: space

Could shed light on whether the icy moon could support life.

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Oct 24, 2016

Unusual quantum liquid on crystal surface could inspire future electronics

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

For the first time, an experiment has directly imaged electron orbits in a high-magnetic field, illuminating an unusual collective behavior in electrons and suggesting new ways of manipulating the charged particles.

The study, conducted by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Texas-Austin was published Oct. 21, in the journal Science. The study demonstrates that the electrons, when kept at very low temperatures where their quantum behaviors emerge, can spontaneously begin to travel in identical elliptical paths on the surface of a crystal of bismuth, forming a quantum fluid state. This behavior was anticipated theoretically during the past two decades by researchers from Princeton and other universities.

“This is the first visualization of a quantum fluid of electrons in which interactions between the electrons make them collectively choose orbits with these unusual shapes,” said Ali Yazdani, the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics at Princeton, who led the research.

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