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Nov 29, 2016

A new ring to slow down antimatter

Posted by in category: particle physics

You could mistake ELENA for a miniature accelerator. But, unlike most accelerators, it’s housed in a hangar and you can take it all in in just a single glance. The biggest difference though, is that it doesn’t accelerate particles, but decelerates them.

CERN’s brand-new machine measures just 30 metres in circumference and has just begun its first tests with beam.

The ELENA (Extra Low ENergy Antiproton) deceleration ring will be connected to the Antiproton Decelerator (AD), which has been in service since 2000. The AD is a unique facility that enables the study of antimatter.

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Nov 29, 2016

SRF Newsletter — November 23rd 2016

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The new SENS Research Newsletter is out!

SENS Research Foundation email newsletter from 28th November 2016.

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Nov 29, 2016

Diamond Batteries Made of Nuclear Waste Can Generate Power For Thousands of Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nuclear energy, satellites, sustainability

In Brief

  • Scientist have developed an ingenious means of converting nuclear power plant waste (76,430 metric tons in the US alone) into sustainable diamond batteries.
  • These long-lasting batteries could be a clean and safe way to power spacecraft, satellites, and even medical devices.

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Nov 29, 2016

Battery breakthrough charges in seconds, lasts for a week

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, nanotechnology

Illustration representing the novel design of a hybrid supercapacitor, showing bundles of nanowires (blue) coated with 2D energy-storage materials (yellow) (credit: University of Central Florida)

University of Central Florida researchers have developed a radical new supercapacitor design that could one day replace lithium-ion batteries, allowing users to charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and with a charge that lasts a week, according to the researchers. The new battery would be flexible and a fraction of the size of a lithium-ion battery.

The proof-of-concept design is based on a hybrid supercapacitor composed of a core with millions of highly conductive nanowires coated with shells of two-dimensional materials. It combines fast charging and discharging (high power density) and high storage capacity (high energy density).

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Nov 28, 2016

Exeter’s New Living Systems Institute hosts ‘Global Conversation’

Posted by in category: futurism

The pioneering and world-leading research conducted at the University of Exeter’s state-of-the-art Living Systems Institute (LSI) will form the basis of the latest high-profile Global Conversation event.

The iconic new research facility, located on the University’s Streatham Campus, will host 100 specially-invited guests at the prominent event, held on Monday, 28 November.

The event, the first Global Conversation to be held on campus, gives the distinguished guests an exclusive opportunity to preview the new £52 million LSI facility, which brings together world-leading scientists and researchers from diverse discipline backgrounds.

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Nov 28, 2016

Neuroscientists Wirelessly Control the Brain of a Scampering Lab Mouse

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

With wireless optogenetic tools, neuroscientists steer mice around their cages.

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Nov 28, 2016

Brain Implants that Augment the Human Brain Using AI

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

BMI implant leveraging AI.

You probably clicked on this article because the idea of using brain implants to allow artificial intelligence (AI) to read your brain sounds futuristic and fascinating. It is fascinating, but it’s not as futuristic as you might think. Before we start talking about brain implants and how to augment the human brain using AI, we need to put some context around human intelligence and why we might want to tinker with it.

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Nov 28, 2016

Brain Activity Predicts the Force of Your Actions

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: Researchers have discovered a link between nerve clusters in the brain and the amount of force generated by a physical action.

Source: Oxford University.

Researchers have found a link between the activity in nerve clusters in the brain and the amount of force generated in a physical action, opening the way for the development of better devices to assist paralysed patients.

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Nov 28, 2016

Mystery of bleary-eyed astronauts may be cleared up with spinal fluid study

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Scientific Method —

Mystery of bleary-eyed astronauts may be cleared up with spinal fluid study.

Small study finds fluid that cushions the brain floods eye cavities in microgravity.

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Nov 28, 2016

4 no-bull takeaways from Microsoft quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Microsoft plans to create its own quantum computing systems; here’s how the company is doing so differently and how it can do it better.

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