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Oct 11, 2016

Researchers discover feedback mechanism in photosynthesis that protects plants from damage

Posted by in category: food

Just in case u did not know. Photosynthesis is the most efficient way of producing electricity. Once this process is understood an replicated it will change the world.


Scientists at Imperial College London have discovered a feedback mechanism at the heart of photosynthesis that protects plants from damage by light.

The researchers have discovered that the key enzyme in photosynthesis can tune its activity to avoid being damaged by light and oxygen.

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Oct 11, 2016

The Barack Obama Mars 2030 Plan: Will It Really Work?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

As reported by the AP, President Obama Mars op-ed published at CNN today paints a vivid picture in which NASA — working in concert with other agencies and private industry — would sometime after 2030 finally make an expedition to the planet Mars. But is the Barack Obama Mars vision for NASA a tangible possibility, or will Elon Musk and SpaceX beat NASA to Mars long before that?

US President Obama says US is partnering with private firms to send humans to Mars by 2030s – CNN https://t.co/qc9rNIsW3V

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Oct 11, 2016

Physicists Created the First-Ever Time Crystals

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

In Brief:

  • Scientists have pushed through the theoretical and have created the first ever physical time crystal.
  • While the harvesting of energy from such an object would violate physical law, the development may spur new possibilities in quantum computing.

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Oct 11, 2016

Stem cell manipulation shows promise for cartilage renewal and joint repair

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mouse study furthers idea that manipulating resident stem cells could help patients with TMJ disorders and other fibrocartilage diseases or injuries.

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Oct 11, 2016

Researchers are trying to figure out how to change your brain so you can learn like a kid again

Posted by in category: neuroscience

It’s easy to be jealous of how quickly kids can pick up on things. Researchers are investigating ways to help us regain that youthful neural plasticity.

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Oct 11, 2016

Deep space: Can we beat the physics?

Posted by in categories: physics, space

With current technology it would take nearly 80,000 years to reach the nearest star system. What new technologies might helps us get closer?

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Oct 11, 2016

Two space agencies will attempt an historic landing on Mars next week

Posted by in category: space travel

The European Space Agency has teamed up with Russia’s Roscosmos program to land a spacecraft on Mars on Wednesday, October 19.

If they stick the landing, they’ll join NASA as the only space agencies in history to successfully land a spacecraft on Mars. And that will only be the beginning — the lander will then start a whole new quest to search for signs of life on the Red Planet.

If the landing is a success, it will actually see the agencies put one spacecraft up into Mars’s atmosphere, and one onto its surface, giving scientists a rare opportunity to record conditions above and below the planet simultaneously.

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Oct 11, 2016

Scientists just used stem cells from one monkey to heal the hearts of five others

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists in Japan have used cardiac muscle cells derived from the stem cells of a macaque to mend the damaged hearts of five other monkeys.

The technique shows that using donor stem cells might one day be a viable way to regenerate the organs of human heart attack patients – an approach that could dramatically reduce the time and expense of developing individualised stem cell treatments.

While using stem cell therapy to treat conditions like heart problems isn’t new, the technique usually involves cultivating stem cells taken from the patient themselves – which can be very expensive.

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Oct 11, 2016

Project Blue: Private Space Telescope to Hunt for Alien Earth at Alpha Centauri

Posted by in category: alien life

A new project would put a space telescope into orbit with eyes on our neighbor, Alpha Centauri, to search for an Earth-like planet.

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Oct 11, 2016

First in Orbit! Russian ‘Spotty the Spacebot’ Joins ISS Crew (VIDEO)

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Russia’s largest social network Vkontakte together with the Russian space agency Roscosmos is preparing to launch the first-ever spacebot named Spotty to the International Space Station.

The capsule containing the spacebot – a chat bot called Spotty developed by Vkontakte – is expected to be delivered to the space station in March 2017 by Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

With the help of Spotty, Vkontatke users will be able to communicate with cosmonauts and astronauts aboard the ISS in real time and receive photos and videos from them, while a built-in projector can playback the content sent from Earth.

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