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Apr 17, 2018

Scientists accidentally discovered a mutant enzyme that could help the world eliminate plastic waste

Posted by in category: biological

Researchers in the US and UK examined an existing enzyme which had occurred naturally in landfill sites and was able to slowly digest man-made plastics.

But in the course of testing the enzyme’s origins, the researchers made biological changes to it that turbo-charged its ability to digest plastics, according to Britain’s University of Portsmouth.

According to The Guardian, the enzyme starts breaking down plastic in a matter of days, a process which would take centuries under normal conditions.

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Apr 17, 2018

CRISPR gene editing has been tested on 86 human patients

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

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Apr 17, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Connecting The Resilient — Spinal Cord Injury Podcast

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, disruptive technology, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, neuroscience

Apr 17, 2018

What Will the Automated City of the Future Look Like?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, food, health, robotics/AI, sustainability

Many large cities (Seoul, Tokyo, Shenzhen, Singapore, Dubai, London, San Francisco) serve as test beds for autonomous vehicle trials in a competitive race to develop “self-driving” cars. Automated ports and warehouses are also increasingly automated and robotized. Testing of delivery robots and drones is gathering pace beyond the warehouse gates. Automated control systems are monitoring, regulating and optimizing traffic flows. Automated vertical farms are innovating production of food in “non-agricultural” urban areas around the world. New mobile health technologies carry promise of healthcare “beyond the hospital.” Social robots in many guises – from police officers to restaurant waiters – are appearing in urban public and commercial spaces.

Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai are becoming prototype ‘robot cities,’ as governments start to see automation as the key to urban living.

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Apr 17, 2018

NASA Is Launching A Satellite To Find New Planets

Posted by in category: alien life

NASA’s new satellite will hunt for alien worlds.

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Apr 16, 2018

Startup’s Crazy High-Res Satellite Can See You Pick Your Nose In Traffic

Posted by in category: futurism

Yeah, it’s THAT good.

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Apr 16, 2018

NASA training chief claims the first person on Mars should be a woman

Posted by in category: space

While NASA has had several female astronauts, the space agency is yet to a put a woman on the moon.

To compensate, a training chief at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston claims that the first person on Mars should be a woman.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5’s Anna Foster, Allison McIntyre said: We have female astronauts, but we haven’t put a woman on the Moon yet.

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Apr 16, 2018

Scientists develop AI-based deep learning drug interaction, prediction syste

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

A group of South Korean scientists have developed a deep learning system based on artificial intelligence that can precisely predict interactions between drugs, the government said Tuesday.

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Apr 16, 2018

The ‘nanobots’ and ’ninja polymers’ transforming medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, nanotechnology

With advances in stem cell research and nanotechnology helping us fight illnesses from heart disease to superbugs, is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a sci-fi future — part human, part synthetic?

In Ridley Scott’s seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human — but are made entirely from synthetic material.

We may be far from realising that sci-fi future, but synthetics are beginning to have a profound effect on medicine.

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Apr 16, 2018

Google made an AR microscope that can help detect cancer

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

In a talk given today at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, Google researchers described a prototype of an augmented reality microscope that could be used to help physicians diagnose patients. When pathologists are analyzing biological tissue to see if there are signs of cancer — and if so, how much and what kind — the process can be quite time-consuming. And it’s a practice that Google thinks could benefit from deep learning tools. But in many places, adopting AI technology isn’t feasible. The company, however, believes this microscope could allow groups with limited funds, such as small labs and clinics, or developing countries to benefit from these tools in a simple, easy-to-use manner. Google says the scope could “possibly help accelerate and democratize the adoption of deep learning tools for pathologists around the world.”

The microscope is an ordinary light microscope, the kind used by pathologists worldwide. Google just tweaked it a little in order to introduce AI technology and augmented reality. First, neural networks are trained to detect cancer cells in images of human tissue. Then, after a slide with human tissue is placed under the modified microscope, the same image a person sees through the scope’s eyepieces is fed into a computer. AI algorithms then detect cancer cells in the tissue, which the system then outlines in the image seen through the eyepieces (see image above). It’s all done in real time and works quickly enough that it’s still effective when a pathologist moves a slide to look at a new section of tissue.

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