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Feb 25, 2017

This invention by a British student could save millions of lives across the world

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

A 22-year-old British student has invented a mobile fridge that could save millions of lives across the world.

Will Broadway’s “Isobar” has been designed to keep vaccines at the ideal temperature while in transit in developing countries.

And Will doesn’t plan to make money from his creation.

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Feb 25, 2017

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future.

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Feb 25, 2017

An AI Hedge Fund Created a New Currency to Make Wall Street Work Like Open Source

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

Wall Street is a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar. But Richard Craib thinks his AI-powered hedge fund will soar if everyone can just get along.

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Feb 25, 2017

Samsung could be investing $1 billion into artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

While many worry about artificial intelligence, Samsung believes it could be an important part of the future. Or at least that is what the latest rumors suggest.

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Feb 25, 2017

Here’s the Bonkers Idea to Make a Hyperloop-Style Rocket Launcher

Posted by in categories: energy, space, transportation

James Powell’s maglev tube could send crewed capsules to space with way less fuel.

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Feb 25, 2017

India can become a leading scientific power in the world

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He also said there are a lot of opportunities for India but it is China which is seizing them. “India must rise to the role it should be playing for its benefit, for the benefit of science and rest of the world,” he added. India and China have been growing rapidly in the last few decades and both have doubled their GDP. But China, he said, in this period doubled its investment in science and technology while India’s funding reminded at the same level. South Korea, a much smaller country, is also investing a lot in science and the results are showing, he said.

Funding delays and legal challenges preventing the country from achieving greatness, says Nobel Laureate David Gross.

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Feb 25, 2017

Precision Agriculture Makes Farming More Sustainable, Profitable

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Farmers have numerous sources of technology and data available to use in their operations, but many producers struggle with what kind and how much technology they need, according to an article on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources website.

Understanding which technologies and data sets are important and how to best use them is the focus of Joe Luck’s work as Nebraska Extension precision agriculture engineer.

“To me, precision ag has become a catchall term, but basically it refers to hardware and software systems that improve knowledge and decision support to make farming more manageable, sustainable and profitable,” said Luck, who also is an assistant professor of biological systems engineering.

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Feb 25, 2017

Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, transportation


Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen powered vehicles.

Hydrogen is an excellent energy carrier, but the development of lightweight solid-state materials for compact, low-pressure storage is a huge challenge.

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Feb 25, 2017

Scientists may have identified cell in eye that causes nearsightedness

Posted by in category: futurism

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 — Whether you’re nearsighted or not might come down to one particular type of cell in your retina, a new mouse study suggests.

Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that this cell is highly sensitive to light and controls how the eye develops.

If it malfunctions and tells the eye to grow for too long, images don’t get focused in the retina as they should be, the researchers said.

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Feb 25, 2017

Computing with biochemical circuits made easy

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, satellites

Electronic circuits are found in almost everything from smartphones to spacecraft and are useful in a variety of computational problems from simple addition to determining the trajectories of interplanetary satellites. At Caltech, a group of researchers led by Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Lulu Qian is working to create circuits using not the usual silicon transistors but strands of DNA.

The Qian group has made the technology of DNA accessible to even novice researchers—including undergraduate students—using a software tool they developed called the Seesaw Compiler. Now, they have experimentally demonstrated that the tool can be used to quickly design DNA circuits that can then be built out of cheap “unpurified” DNA strands, following a systematic wet-lab procedure devised by Qian and colleagues.

A paper describing the work appears in the February 23 issue of Nature Communications.

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