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Jul 25, 2018

Chicken plastic and wine leather – giving waste new life

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

A fashion collection made from the remains of grapes from the wine industry and plastic made from chicken feathers are two new twists on the practice of making new products from waste, and a growing demand for sustainability from consumers mean there could be a ready market for this type of innovation.

Food waste isn’t just the result of groceries that have gone off or uneaten meals. As food is processed for consumption, huge amounts of waste are generated. The European poultry industry, for example, generated about 3.1 million tons of discarded feathers in 2014. And during , around 25% of the weight of grapes, such as the skins and seeds, are wasted.

These byproducts could soon be given a second life, as scientists work out how to transform them into new .

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Jul 25, 2018

Novel membrane advances low-cost, grid-scale energy storage

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have developed a crucial component for a new kind of low-cost stationary battery system utilizing common materials and designed for grid-scale electricity storage.

Large, economical electricity storage systems can benefit the nation’s grid in numerous ways: balancing loads between peak and off-peak demand times; supplying energy during outages; storing electricity from fluctuating sources like wind and solar power; and accommodating extreme fast charging of electric vehicles.

The grid chiefly relies on hydropower facilities for , although stationary systems using lithium-ion batteries are increasing. However, lithium is expensive and mostly sourced from countries outside the United States.

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Jul 25, 2018

Tiny robot could be game-changer in fight against tuberculosis

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Robots like this, nanobots that can work in the body, should be the main focus for curing all disease. And instead of focusing on Drug Delivery, have the nanobots just go in and attack or fix the problem themselves.

A Brock University research team has created a microscopic robot that has the potential to identify drug resistance to tuberculosis faster than conventional tests.

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls drug “a formidable obstacle” to treatment and prevention of a disease that killed 240,000 people in 2016.

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Jul 25, 2018

DNA Computing Gets a Boost With This Machine Learning Hack

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

As the master code of life, DNA can do a lot of things. Inheritance. Gene therapy. Wipe out an entire species. Solve logic problems. Recognize your sloppy handwriting.

Wait, What?

In a brilliant study published in Nature, a team from Caltech cleverly hacked the properties of DNA, essentially turning it into a molecular artificial neural network.

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Jul 24, 2018

A fight for sight that we all need to join

Posted by in category: health

Betty Boothroyd, former Speaker of the House of Commons, calls for more research funding for eye health


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Jul 24, 2018

Microsoft debuts free quantum computer programming katas

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Microsoft yesterday released its new Quantum Katas, a free open source project that’ll teach you how to develop for quantum computers.

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Jul 24, 2018

New American Particle Collider Gets Thumbs Up From National Academies of Sciences

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

A proposed billion-dollar American particle collider has received enthusiastic backing from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, according to a newly released report.

This proposed “electron-ion collider,” or EIC, would serve as a state-of-the-art facility designed to answer some of the deepest questions about our Universe. The National Academies “finds a compelling scientific case for such a facility,” according to its report released today.

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Jul 24, 2018

Artificial embryos are a step closer to becoming reality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

LONDON — An international team of scientists has moved closer to creating artificial embryos after using mouse stem cells to make structures capable of taking a crucial step in the development of life.

Experts said the results suggested human embryos could be created in a similar way in future — a step that would allow scientists to use artificial embryos rather than real ones to research the very earliest stages of human development.

The team, led by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, a professor at Britain’s Cambridge University, had previously created a simpler structure resembling a mouse embryo in a lab dish. That work involved two types of stem cells and a three-dimensional scaffold on which they could grow.

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Jul 24, 2018

Russia Is About to Resurrect a Soviet Colossus

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

It’s first and final flight happened nearly 30 years ago, but Energia could become the cornerstone of Russia’s future space ambitions.

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Jul 24, 2018

Ocean acidification a challenge for science, governments & communities

Posted by in categories: economics, science

A new IMAS-led paper published in the science journal Nature Climate Change has highlighted the challenges faced by scientists, governments and communities as rising levels of CO2 are absorbed by the world’s oceans.

Researchers have found that in recent centuries surface ocean pH has fallen ten times faster than in the past 300 million years and that impacts are being felt on ecosystems, economies and communities worldwide.

The economic cost to coral reefs, wild fisheries and aquaculture alone of the process known as Ocean Acidification is projected to reach more than US $300 billion per annum.

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