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Feb 1, 2017

Mapping the Brain Before Surgery for Epilepsy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Great method btw.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. Patients who have it are of all ages and it can seriously limit one’s ability to enjoy life. It’s a spectrum disorder which means the kinds of seizures people suffer and how they are managed will vary depending on the patient. Currently about 3 million people in the US are living with epilepsy and experts predict that at least 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. While epilepsy is most often treated with anti-seizure medication, there are some patients who have not benefitted from medication. This form of the disorder is called drug-resistant epilepsy and can be very difficult to treat.

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Feb 1, 2017

Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Certainly explains patterns in certain families.

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Developing or worsening type 2 diabetes could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, new research suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly a million patients with type 2 diabetes or pancreatic cancer in Italy and Belgium. Half of all pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed within a year of patients being diagnosed with diabetes, the findings showed.

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Feb 1, 2017

IARPA Wants Autonomous Fingerprint Tech

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The intelligence research arm is offering up cash for cutting-edge ideas on capturing complete fingerprints.

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Feb 1, 2017

New Technology To Really Close The US / Mexican Border

Posted by in category: security

Latest on border plans.

Despite President Trump’s executive orders to extend walls along the US-Mexico border, real border security will likely take longer than he thinks.

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Feb 1, 2017

Missouri S&T researcher works to develop nanodiamond materials

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, military, nanotechnology, particle physics


When you think of diamonds, rings and anniversaries generally come to mind. But one day, the first thing that will come to mind may be bone surgery. By carefully designing modified diamonds at the nano-scale level, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to create multifunctional diamond-based materials for applications ranging from advanced composites to drug delivery platforms and biomedical imaging agents.

Dr. Vadym Mochalin, an associate professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T, is characterizing and modifying 5-nanometer nanodiamond particles produced from expired military grade explosives so that they can be developed to perform specific tasks. His current research studies their use as a filler in various types of composites.

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Feb 1, 2017

Stephen Hawking Discusses Breakthrough Starshot

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

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On the fifty-fifth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s great leap into space, April 12, 2016, Yuri Milner was joined by Stephen Hawking at New York’s One World Observatory to announce Breakthrough Starshot, which will lay the foundations for humanity’s next great leap: to the stars. It was also announced that Mark Zuckerberg joined the board of the initiative.

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Feb 1, 2017

Robots and bio-printing change the face of surgery in UAE

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, government, health, robotics/AI

Highly sophisticated robotics and ‘bio-printing’ are rapidly changing the face of modern surgery, significantly eliminating the risk of human error and in some cases even allowing doctors to perform procedures remotely, according to experts at Arab Health.

Dr Peter C.W. Kim, vice-president and associate surgeon-in-chief of the Joseph E. Roberts Jr. Centre for Surgical Care at Washington DC’s Children’s National — which has received millions of dollars in donations from the UAE’s government — noted that doctors will soon be able to 3D-print using bio-tissue, such as for an eardrum.

“What our engineers and researchers have done is not only design the plastic with it, but also graft cells onto it,” he said. “This is where we are going. You will (in the future) be able to have organs on the shelf. Instead of harvesting it, you can print it.”

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Feb 1, 2017

Scientists Illuminate the Neurons of Social Attraction

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics, neuroscience, sex

The ancient impulse to procreate is necessary for survival and must be hardwired into our brains. Now scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered an important clue about the neurons involved in that wiring.

Using advanced deep brain imaging techniques and optogenetics, the UNC scientists found that a small cluster of sex-hormone-sensitive neurons in the mouse hypothalamus are specialized for inducing mice to “notice” the opposite sex and trigger attraction.

This study, led by Garret D. Stuber, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and cell biology & physiology, and Jenna A. McHenry, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in Stuber’s lab, identified a hormone-sensitive circuit in the brain that controls social motivation in female mice.

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Feb 1, 2017

Sciaky 3D Prints Metal Tank For Arctic Submarine

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, business, engineering


Submarine manufacturer saves major time and cost by 3D Printing a titanium Variable Ballast tank with EBM technology from Sciaky.

The production of an Arctic Explorer submarine was nearly scuppered after the supplier of a component went out of business. To find a solution, however, International Submarine Engineering (ISE) didn’t have to dive too deep. They turned instead to additive manufacturing.

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Feb 1, 2017

Meet Bat Bot: The First Flying Robot

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Could we see Humanoid robots with wings someday?

Bat Bot, a lightweight flier with thin silicone wings stretched over a carbon fiber skeleton, can cruise, dive and bank turn just like its namesake, researchers report February 1 in Science Robotics, reports with reference to Science News.

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