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Feb 26, 2018

Digestive ability of ancient insects could boost biofuel development

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sustainability

A study of the unusual digestive system of an ancient group of insects has provided new insights into future biofuel production.

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Feb 26, 2018

Caloric Restriction Improves Regeneration in Intestinal Tissue

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Caloric restriction has long been known to increase the lifespan and healthspan of most studied animals. Research also shows that animals given a calorie-restricted diet are also generally more able to regenerate tissue damage following injury.

Caloric restriction improves tissue regeneration

A new study by the Lengner lab at the University of Pennsylvania has identified the actual cells responsible for this increased regenerative capacity in intestinal tissue[1]. The researchers found that when a mouse given a calorie-restricted diet is exposed to radiation, a specialized type of stem cell known as a reserve stem cell is able to survive and rapidly repair intestinal tissues.

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Feb 26, 2018

Can High-Tech Drones Help Stop Mass Shootings?

Posted by in categories: drones, government, policy, surveillance

I’m excited to share a new article of mine via The Daily Dot on the future of so-called “gun control,” one that promises freedom and protects people from criminals and mass shooters. As usual, the answer is in technology to improve the world—and not in Congress changing or creating laws. This is a policy article of mine, and this is the technology you could expect to see in California if I was elected Governor:


High-tech drones and surveillance technology can offer a radically new type of gun control, helping detect possible the presence of guns and intervene in mass shootings.

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Feb 26, 2018

Asteroid mining: What is it? SpaceX Falcon Heavy could make it a reality

Posted by in category: space travel

ASTEROID mining may sound like science fiction – but one astronomer believes it is getting closer to becoming a reality.

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Feb 26, 2018

Image: Hubble finds the calm after the galactic storm

Posted by in categories: life extension, space

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope caught sight of a soft, diffuse-looking galaxy that is probably the aftermath of a long-ago galactic collision. Two spiral galaxies, each perhaps much like the Milky Way, swirled together for millions of years.

In such mergers, the original galaxies are often stretched and pulled apart as they wrap around a common center of gravity. After a few back-and-forths, this starry tempest settles down into a new, round object. The now subdued celestial body, cataloged as SDSS J162702.56+432833.9, is technically known as an elliptical galaxy.

When galaxies collide—a common event in the universe—a fresh burst of star formation typically takes place as gas clouds mash together. At this point, the galaxy has a blue hue, but the color does not mean it is cold: it is a result of the intense heat of newly formed blue–white stars. Those stars do not last long, and after a few billion years the reddish hues of aging, smaller stars dominate an ’s spectrum. Hubble has helped astronomers learn of this sequence by observing at all stages of the process.

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Feb 26, 2018

New shark species found in Atlantic Ocean

Posted by in category: genetics

The “Atlantic sixgill shark”, is different than its counterparts in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

: A team of scientists has identified a new shark species residing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Using genetic testing, the study confirmed that the new species, named the “Atlantic sixgill shark”, is different than its counterparts in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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Feb 26, 2018

3D-printed live bacteria creates world’s first ‘living tattoo’

Posted by in category: 3D printing

This is the world’s first ‘living tattoo’ made with real bacteria.

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Feb 26, 2018

Holos: Gen has developed mobile scalable integral nuclear generators with a simplified and innovative design optimized to produce economical

Posted by in category: innovation

Distributable, pollutant-free and, most importantly, safe electricity.

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Feb 26, 2018

Researchers report the creation of Rydberg polarons in a Bose gas

Posted by in category: particle physics

What is inside an atom between the nucleus and the electron? Usually there is nothing, but why could there not be other particles too? If the electron orbits the nucleus at a great distance, there is plenty of space in between for other atoms. A “giant atom” could be created, filled with ordinary atoms. All these atoms form a weak bond, creating a new, exotic state of matter at cold temperatures, referred to as Rydberg polarons.

A team of researchers has now presented this state of matter in the journal Physical Review Letters. The theoretical work was done at TU Wien (Vienna) and Harvard University, the experiment was performed at Rice University in Houston (Texas).

Two special fields of atomic physics, which can only be studied in extreme conditions, have been combined in this research project: Bose-Einstein condensates and Rydberg atoms. A Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter created by atoms at ultracold temperatures, close to absolute zero. Rydberg atoms are those in which one single electron is lifted into a highly excited state and orbits the nucleus at a very large distance.

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Feb 26, 2018

SpaceX’s biggest rival has a ‘genius’ plan to cut its rocket launch costs more than 70%

Posted by in category: space travel

United Launch Alliance’s upcoming Vulcan rocket will parachute its giant engines back to Earth for reuse, lowering launch costs to $100 million per mission.

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