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Sep 25, 2017

Closing in on cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

THE numbers are stark. Cancer claimed the lives of 8.8m people in 2015; only heart disease caused more deaths. Around 40% of Americans will be told they have cancer during their lifetimes. It is now a bigger killer of Africans than malaria. But the statistics do not begin to capture the fear inspired by cancer’s silent and implacable cellular mutiny. Only Alzheimer’s exerts a similar grip on the imagination.

Confronted with this sort of enemy, people understandably focus on the potential for scientific breakthroughs that will deliver a cure. Their hope is not misplaced. Cancer has become more and more survivable over recent decades owing to a host of advances, from genetic sequencing to targeted therapies. The five-year survival rate for leukemia in America has almost doubled, from 34% in the mid-1970s to 63% in 2006-12. America is home to about 15.5m cancer survivors, a number that will grow to 20m in the next ten years. Developing countries have made big gains, too: in parts of Central and South America, survival rates for prostate and breast cancer have jumped by as much as a fifth in only a decade.

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Sep 24, 2017

AI Will Turn Graphic Design On Its Head

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Apple’s 1984 Macintosh revolutionized graphic design—but that was nothing compared to the coming wave of websites that’ll design themselves.

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Sep 24, 2017

Scientists at the University of Southern California found a way to synchronise drones so they fly like a flock of birds

Posted by in category: drones

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Sep 24, 2017

Take a look inside Alibaba’s smart warehouse where robots do 70% of the work

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Sep 24, 2017

This experimental film by Maxim Zhestkov explores the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures

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Sep 24, 2017

Subway restaurants are getting a major redesign — here’s what a new one looks like

Posted by in category: futurism

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Sep 24, 2017

A promising therapy for Type 1 Diabetes is in the works

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In Phase 1 trials, the BCG vaccine was able to create an environment that was able to temporarily restore insulin-producing beta cells.

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Sep 24, 2017

This is the future of Jaguar

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Sep 24, 2017

Jellyfish Lasers Are Revolutionizing Quantum Physics

Posted by in category: quantum physics

How are scientists using jellyfish to create super-advanced polariton lasers? And how do lasers even work in the first place?

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Sep 24, 2017

The Claim Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold Water Is Even Weirder Than You Think

Posted by in category: physics

Despite sounding like the most egregious contradiction in physics, hot water appears to freeze faster than cold water under certain circumstances. The phenomenon can be traced back to Aristotle himself, but after centuries of experiments demonstrating this phenomenon, no one’s been able to explain it.

Now physicists are pointing to strange properties of hydrogen bonds as the solution to one of the oldest mysteries in physics — but others are claiming the so-called Mpemba effect doesn’t even exist at all.

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