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Jan 27, 2017

GM, Honda to announce fuel cell technology advance: sources

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

On Wed we saw Tata’s new hydrogen bus; and now this.

DETROIT (Reuters) — General Motors Co and Honda Motor Co are expected on Monday to announce an expansion of their collaboration on fuel cell technology development, people familiar with the plans said following a notice of a press conference.

GM and Honda on Friday said two senior executives would hold a news conference in Detroit with Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley.

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Jan 27, 2017

Senolytics – Taking Out The Trash Might Keep You Fit And Healthy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Clearing out senescent cells could lead to better fitness and health as we age.

From around age forty we start to lose muscle mass due to various aging processes, one of these processes is the accumulation of senescent cells. Senescent cells are simply cells that have become damaged or have reached their maximum number of divisions. Normally these cells are shut down by a kind of self destruct program inside the cell, ready to be disposed of by the immune system.

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Jan 27, 2017

GWU’s Innovations in Electric Propulsion Technology Help Vector Provide Unprecedented Access to Space

Posted by in categories: materials, satellites

Since our launch in 2016, Vector has focused on connecting space startups and innovators with affordable and reliable space by dramatically increasing access and speed to orbit. And as a result, Vector is reshaping the multi-billion launch market. Building on over 10 years of research to develop the Vector-R launch vehicle, Vector is truly at the forefront of innovation and revolutionizing the next generation of rocket launches. George Washington University has developed ground-breaking plasma steering thrusters which will help put Vector ahead in the great “New Space” race. Our collaboration with George Washington University will help us move closer to achieving our long-term vision of furthering the technological achievements for our industry.

Through this agreement, Vector will license the plasma thruster technology created by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University for the Vector-R launch vehicle. The technology will allow us to propel miniature satellites, which are significantly less expensive and made from common materials, and control them while in space. As part of the collaboration, Vector will develop the thruster for commercial space use, and the University will continue to develop the next generation of the technology.

Small spacecraft and satellites are extreme ly difficult to maneuver and control once in space, and George Washington University’s plasma thruster technology helps us manage this problem. The thrusters use titanium as a propellant, which is converted into a gas-like plasma to provide propulsion. The plasma then accelerates and expands into a vacuum at high velocities to produce thrust. This thrust helps the craft overcome drag and maintain the small satellite’s orbit. We plan to use the technology as part of our launch system dedicated to micro spacecraft.

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Jan 27, 2017

5 CRISPR-enabled Breakthroughs to Look for in 2017

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

What does the New Year have in store for #CRISPR? This blog presents 5 CRISPR-enabled breakthroughs to look for in 2017. (Partner content via Synthego)

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Jan 27, 2017

Experiencing Near Death in VR Makes People Lose Fear of Dying

Posted by in category: virtual reality

An out-of-body experience is the key to being chill with your inevitable doom.

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Jan 27, 2017

Whoever Said the Moon is the End Goal?

Posted by in category: space

And who decided that space is only for science?

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Jan 27, 2017

These two women kept their hair through chemotherapy thanks to cold caps

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Click on photo to start video.

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Jan 27, 2017

Mass-produced tomatoes are infamous for their bland, disappointing flavour

Posted by in category: futurism

But there’s hope on the horizon.

#science #newscientist #tomatoes

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Jan 27, 2017

Vertical Farming Brings Fresh Produce to Cities

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

You’ve never seen a farm like this.

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Jan 27, 2017

Scientists Find the Real Fountain of Youth — Inside Our DNA

Posted by in category: life extension

Researchers experiment with gene deletion.

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