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Oct 4, 2016

The United Nations just announced its first ever space mission

Posted by in category: space travel

The United Nations (UN) has announced its first ever official space mission, with the aim of giving developing countries the opportunity to conduct research in a microgravity environment.

The mission, which is intended to launch in 2021, will make use of a Dream Chaser spacecraft – a shuttle-like spaceplane that’s currently in development by American aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).

The focus of the mission is to give developing nations – many of which don’t have their own dedicated space operations or craft – a chance to develop and fly payloads for an extended duration in orbit.

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Oct 4, 2016

The Age of CRISPR: Why Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

The only thing we know for sure is that everything will change.

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Oct 4, 2016

Code in Virtual Reality

Posted by in categories: computing, virtual reality

Into programming? Now you can be *inside* programming.

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Oct 4, 2016

Google WiFi is a router that simplifies whole-home wireless

Posted by in category: internet

Those rumors of Google giving WiFi routers another shot? They’re true. Meet Google WiFi, a router designed entirely in-house… and with a few nice advantages over the OnHub line. Apart from being much smaller (no vase-like design here), its big trick is its ability to create an Eero-style mesh network. You only have to add additional units to your network to improve coverage — there’s a Network Assistant app that makes it easy to add more routers and improve your signal.

Companion software also lets you control the devices linked to the router, such as enabling or disabling their connections. You’ll have to wait until December to get Google WiFi (pre-orders start in November), but the pricing at least hits the sweet spot. Routers cost $129 each, and you can get a three-pack for $299 if you need to blanket your home.

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Oct 4, 2016

If you can solve these equations you have the IQ of a Genius!

Posted by in category: information science

If you understood in less than 10 seconds, you have the IQ of a Genius! Click share if you understand!

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Oct 4, 2016

Amazing Science and Technology

Posted by in category: science

Science & Technology

What a great time to be alive!

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Oct 4, 2016

Transhumanismo Brasil

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

Pesquisadores da Human Longevity, Inc. Publicou documentos detalhando resultados do sequenciamento profundo de 10.545 genomas humanos.

Documento descreve 150 milhões de variantes raras ou desconhecidas; cerca de 8.500 novas variantes por genoma.

Companhia também anuncia novo motor de pesquisa do genoma, HLI Open Search, para testes beta.

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Oct 4, 2016

Evidence for new form of matter-antimatter asymmetry observed

Posted by in category: particle physics

Particles known as baryons show their first hints of antimatter-matter discrepancies.

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Oct 4, 2016

Canada’s Carbon Tax Needs To Spread South of the Border — By Jamie Condliffe | MIT Technology Review

Posted by in categories: economics, energy, environmental, finance, governance, government


“Nobody likes taxes. So it’s a brave move by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, to announce that the entire country must pay if it continues to burn fossil fuels.”

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Oct 4, 2016

Programmable T cells chase down cancer, deliver drugs directly to tumors

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Customised immunotherapy for treating cancer is part of the new generation of biotech solutions to diseases.

UC San Francisco scientists have engineered human immune cells that can precisely locate diseased cells anywhere in the body and execute a wide range of customizable responses, including the delivery of drugs or other therapeutic payloads directly to tumors or other unhealthy tissues. In experiments with mice, these immune cells, called synNotch T cells, efficiently homed in on tumors and released a specialized antibody therapy, eradicating the cancer without attacking normal cells.

As reported in the Sept. 29, 2016, online edition of Cell, in addition to delivering therapeutic agents, synNotch can be programmed to kill cancer cells in a variety of other ways. But synNotch cells can also carry out instructions that suppress the immune response, offering the possibility that these cells could be used to treat autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes or to locally suppress immune system rejection of transplanted organs.

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