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Feb 26, 2017

The human brain makes fructose, researchers discover – here’s why that might be a big deal

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

Researchers at Yale University have discovered that the brain is capable of making fructose – a simple sugar, usually found in fruit, vegetables and honey.

Not all sugars are equal. Glucose is a simple sugar that provides energy for the cells in your body. Fructose has a less important physiological role and has been repeatedly linked to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. When there is excess glucose the processes that break it down can become saturated, so the body converts glucose into fructose instead, using a process known as the “polyol pathway”, a chemical reaction involved in diabetic complications. The researchers at Yale reported in the journal, JCI Insight, that the brain uses the polyol pathway to produce fructose in the brain.

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Feb 26, 2017

Scientists test deep brain stimulation as potential anorexia therapy

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

Now this is what I am talking about when brain stimulation can treat disease and disorders were often better off.


LONDON: A small study in 16 people with severe anorexia has found that implanting stimulation electrodes into the brains of patients could ease their anxiety and help them gain weight.

Researchers found that in extreme cases of the eating disorder, the technique — known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) — swiftly helped many of those studied reduce symptoms of either anxiety or depression, and improved their quality of life.

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Feb 26, 2017

How Nobel physicists could revolutionise computers

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics

I remember a year ago when this 1st came out; nice they are highlighting 1 yr later as a reminder.


British scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”. The reference to “theoretical discoveries” makes it tempting to think their work will not have practical applications or affect our lives some day. The opposite may well be true.

To understand the potential, it helps to understand the theory. Most people know that an atom has a nucleus in the middle and electrons orbiting around it. These correspond to different energy levels. When atoms group into substances, all the energy levels of each atom combine into bands of electrons. Each of these so-called energy bands has space for a certain number of electrons. And between each band are gaps in which electrons can’t flow.

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Feb 26, 2017

Toy Fair ‘17: Highlights from Quantum Mechanix

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Something for the kid in all of us.


While I was at Toy Fair, I swung by the Quantum Mechanix booth to check out their newest Q-Fig offerings, as it’s one of my favorite vinyl statue lines these days. I was not disappointed, as I got to see new addition to the Marvel, DC, and Harry Potter collections, as well as one from ANIMANIACS!

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Feb 26, 2017

Q: Does quantum mechanics really say there are other “mes”? Where are they?

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Quantum Mechanics for Dummys.


Physicist: As much of a trope as “Other Quantum Worlds” has become in sci-fi, there are reasons to think that they may be a real thing; including “other yous”. Here’s the idea.

Superposition is a real thing (on small scales at least)

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Feb 26, 2017

MIT spinout Sistine Solar can print any image on photovoltaic cells

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Nice.


MIT researchers have done even better. MIT has spunout a company called Sistine Solar that has developed a technology to print any kind of image on a skin that can be applied on solar panels, which change the appearance of the photovoltaic cells from all angles, without compromising on their capacity to generate electricity. Founded by the Sloan School of Management at MIT, Sistine Solar hopes to increase the adoption of clean energy with solar panels that mimic the surroundings or environment.

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Feb 26, 2017

Bioprinter makes fully functional human skin

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, bioprinting, biotech/medical, business

Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group, have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products.

This research has recently been published in the electronic version of the scientific journal Biofabrication. In this article, the team of researchers has demonstrated, for the first time, that, using the new 3D printing technology, it is possible to produce proper human skin. One of the authors, José Luis Jorcano, professor in UC3M’s department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering and head of the Mixed Unit CIEMAT/UC3M in Biomedical Engineering, points out that this skin “can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical products, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products in quantities and with timetables and prices that are compatible with these uses.”

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Feb 26, 2017

These Two-Way LEDs Can Harvest Light and Detect Hand Gestures

Posted by in category: futurism

Nice!


Scientists are developing high-tech two-way LEDs which can emit and harvest light all while supporting a touchless screen!

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Feb 26, 2017

Resolution Of Largest Numerical Discrepancy In All Of Physics

Posted by in categories: information science, particle physics, quantum physics

We can even use a vacuum to explain how Quantum is in all things while solving one of the remaining discrepancies in physics.



In the observable universe, number of particles are estimated to be 1080 and if there were some discrepancy in Physics with the explanations of the observable universe or with its each particle then it should confine to factor 1080. I submit that 1080 is a huge figure that forms if one puts eighty zeros after 1. But if the discrepancy is of the factor 10120 then either it is beyond the total number of particles constituting the universe or the physicists might have gravely erred in their calculations. It might be a freak happening that resulted in such a huge quantity. After all, freaks are also the creations of nature or probably the nature itself has erred here. This discrepancy of 10120 is the largest and worst cosmological confusion which can be abbreviated CC and rightly so for cosmological constant as it is the cosmological constant based on Quantum mechanical model. Quantum mechanical model says, energy density of the vacuum is in the range of 10113 Joules per metre cube whereas General Relativity calculates it in the range of 10^−9 Joule per metre cube. An attempt is made to resolve this discrepancy using Spacetime transformation and gravitational gamma Г. Gravitational gamma Г is a term that appears in Schwarzschild solution of general relativity equations.

I submit that vacuum is not nothing but is everything and quantum mechanical model of the vacuum has very large energy density. In the words of John Archibald Wheeler, “Empty space is not empty… The density of field fluctuation energy in the vacuum argues that elementary particles represent percentage‐ wise almost completely negligible change in the locally violent conditions that characterise the vacuum.” That means there are violent conditions or fluctuations although vacuum on large scale appears smooth. Spacetime model has the capability of creating matter, forces, fields and particles. In fact, matter even the entire universe is assumed as spacetime as has been explained in my earlier article, “Matter Is No More Than Fluctuations In Vacuum*.”

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Feb 26, 2017

China claims our to-be-delivered F35s are already obsolete

Posted by in categories: military, quantum physics

Should the US be concerned when China tells us that our F35s are already obsolete to their own next generation fighter jets now that China has their new radar capability that can detect stealth technology 100 km away?


CHINA claims it has a radical new ‘quantum’ radar capable of detecting stealth fighters at great distances. Does this mean our ultra-expensive new F-35 is obsolete, even before we get it?

The RAAF’s first F-35’s will be making their debut Australian appearance at the Avalon air show this week. It’s not a combat-capable aircraft, yet, though the first partially operational US squadron of the type was deployed to Japan earlier this year.

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