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Jan 30, 2017

Boeing ‘base station’ concept would autonomously refuel military drones

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

Overcoming the biggest obstacle for small drones.

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Jan 30, 2017

Physicists ‘have substantial evidence’ our universe is a HOLOGRAM

Posted by in categories: holograms, mathematics, physics

The researchers from the University of Southampton, working with colleagues in Canada and Italy, claim there is as much evidence for this theory as for traditional explanations for these irregularities.

A holographic universe, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information, which makes up our 3D ‘reality’is contained in a 2D surface on its boundaries.

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Jan 30, 2017

Self-Healing Transistors for Chip-Scale Starships

Posted by in categories: computing, space travel

A new design could survive the radiation of a 20-year trip to Alpha Centauri.

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Jan 30, 2017

Scientists Want To Test Lab-Grown Penises In Humans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Manmade man parts, in case you’ve lost part of yours to injury, illness, or a congenital condition.

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Jan 30, 2017

Doctors successfully treat two babies with leukemia using gene-edited immune cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

It’s a promising approach, but still needs a lot more research.

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Jan 30, 2017

Pterostilbene an anticarcinogenic breakthrough

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Pterostilbene showing some interesting potential for treating cancer.

One of the most common forms of cancer in the hematologic system is Multiple myeloma (MM) which affects plasma cells, a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies. With advanced symptoms bone pain, bleeding, frequent infections, and anemia may occur.

In studies, Pterostilbene has shown anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties which has led to the improved function of healthy cells and the inhibition of malignant cells. So far its anticarcinogenic action has been reported for lung, breast and prostate cancers. Today we will look at the latest research showing how it could be used to treat cancer patients.

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Jan 30, 2017

Until we create replacement eyes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones


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Jan 30, 2017

Ageing is natural. Rejuvenation is not

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

Some people object we shouldn’t cure ageing because it is natural. Well, so is malaria, for example…

You know, I may even agree ageing is ‘natural’. If we define natural as something that happens spontaneously, without external intervention, as a consequence of chemical and physical interactions, then yes, ageing is natural. This is not a great argument in favour of ageing, though, because there are very many perfectly natural things that are really bad for you, ranging on the badness spectrum pretty much anywhere from ‘mildly upsetting’ to ‘catastrophically apocalyptic’: mosquito bites, genetic diseases, viral diseses, earthquakes, tsunamis, stars going nova, being eaten by lions, cancer, a pidgeon pooing on the fancy suit you rented for your wedding precisely when you say ‘I do’, bacterial infections, and so on. So, okay, maybe ageing is natural. So what? It is also the number one cause of suffering and diseases in the western world. Frankly, I don’t give a damn if it is natural or not. It’s still pretty bad.

Speaking of rejuvenation being not natural, I could nitpick a lot. I could ask, what is ‘not natural’? Is it anything human made? Then what about things made by animals? For example, if a building is ‘not natural’, what about a beehive then? Natural or not? Given we humans have a natural tendency to tweak things around to make them work the way we want, wouldn’t rejuvenation be our natural response to the problem of ageing, just like medicines are our natural response to the problem of diseases?

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Jan 30, 2017

NASA Designs Promising New Test For Extraterrestrial Life

Posted by in category: alien life

JPL announces a promising new means of detecting life in situ; in our own solar system.

NASA’s JPL is keen to try a promising new chemical method of detecting life in the frozen oceans of Europa or Enceladus.

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Jan 30, 2017

Male Fertility Test Kit with 2 Tests in 1 Kit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

YO_top_bkg Test Your Sperm in The Comfort of Your Phone

Check your swimmers with YO the first FDA cleared Smartphone based solution for testing your motile sperm.

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