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Jan 9, 2017

DARPA’s Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will “Blow Our Minds”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military

The Pentagon’s research division is betting its high-risk, high-reward programs will change medicine.

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Jan 9, 2017

Ford aims for self-driving car with no gas pedal, no steering wheel in 5 years, CEO says

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, Monday on CNBC, explained the automaker’s ambitious plan to create the autonomous vehicle of the future.

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Jan 9, 2017

Scientists Created Tiny Bio Bot That Could Deliver Drugs From Under the skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Cannot wait to see the day that when we think of tech companies that we think of Microbio, or Applgen, AlphaBio, etc. When Bio/ Medical is so intertwine with tech that the need for devices are the past; is a great day for me.

A new kind of tiny robot that can heal cancer.

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Jan 9, 2017

Energy all around us could power under-skin implants and sensors in aircrafts – Dr Gonzalo Murillo

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

There is unlimited kinetic energy all around us and harnessing it could change the way we interact with the world forever, according to Dr Gonzalo Murillo from the National Microelectronics Center of Spain, whose research into piezoelectric materials has earned him an award for the most novel innovator under 35 in Europe 2016 from the MIT Technology Review, US.

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Jan 9, 2017

Nano Ganesh: How mobile phone tech helped 400,000 Maharashtra farmers water plants remotely

Posted by in categories: food, mobile phones, sustainability

If SANTOSH Ostwal and his wife, Rajashree Otswal, were to calculate the number of electricity units saved or the amount of water conserved in terms of money, thanks to their invention, it would be enough to set up a small power plant or building a small dam. The end to a farmer’s daily drudgery and sleepless nights, though, is hard to convert into currency. But then money is something the Ostwal couple have not seen much of in their long journey of taking technology to the farms.

Much before information and communication technology (ICT) for agriculture and rural development became buzzwords and ‘e’ got hyphenated to everything, the Ostwals, both engineers, ventured into wireless irrigation and mobile-to-mobile (M2M) communication systems for agriculture. A remotely controlled pump using the mobile phone and combing it with some clever electronics was the innovation that has made the lives of farmers easier.

The Ostwals’ invention has impacted the lives of four lakh farmers with 50,000 installations in the last 12 years. A smart and affordable device, Nano Ganesh, saves farmers from making treacherous trips in pitch dark to their farms at midnight to access their water pumps and operate them, a daily reality, especially with erratic power supply. When the tired farmer fails to go out and switch off the water pump, there’s wastage of water and electricity. In addition, the excess water damages the soil and crop, hurting them further. If that is not enough, there is the theft of water pumps and cables to be dealt with. These are the problems that the couple set to solve.

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Jan 9, 2017

Brain cell powerhouses appear good treatment target for stroke, TBI recovery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Cell powerhouses are typically long and lean, but with brain injury such as stroke or trauma, they can quickly become bloated and dysfunctional, say scientists who documented the phenomena in real time for the first time in a living brain.

The scientists also found that without giving these mitochondria anything but time, they often resume their usual healthy shape once blood and oxygen were restored to mild or moderately damaged tissue, said Dr. Sergei Kirov, neuroscientist in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

“We believe this is good evidence that mitochondria can recover their normal form following brief periods of ischemia from stroke or trauma and that drugs that enhance their recovery may improve overall recovery from these sorts of injuries,” Kirov said.

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Jan 9, 2017

Self-Driving Cars Will Fail

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI, transportation

The article does bring up many of the same points that many have raised with self driving cars; and folks still don’t seem to understand that we have thousands if not millions of laws in the US alone that must be reviewed and possibly changed to address this technology on the roads. When you look at every state, each county, and each town or city’s laws around driving on their roads; it could be a long and painful period for companies and consumers before the legal side of things catch up.

Self-driving car technology is not yet ready for prime time. Driver assist is.

The Legal challenges and potential liability are immense.

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Jan 9, 2017

Researchers reveal how cancer cells cope with genetic chaos

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Another difference between normal and abnormal cells — cancer cells can continue to grow despite damage to cell structures and changes in the number of chromosomes.

Scientists have uncovered how tumours are able to grow despite significant damage to the structure and number of their chromosomes — the storage units of DNA — according to two new studies published in Cancer Cell and Cancer Discovery today.

“We hope that understanding these mechanisms will allow us to limit drug resistance and improve the efficacy of cancer therapies.” - Professor Charles Swanton

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Jan 9, 2017

Neural connection keeps instincts in check

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience

Scientists identify the physical connection through which the prefrontal cortex inhibits instinctive behavior

From fighting the urge to hit someone to resisting the temptation to run off stage instead of giving that public speech, we are often confronted with situations where we have to curb our instincts. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have traced exactly which neuronal projections prevent social animals like us from acting out such impulses. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, could have implications for schizophrenia and mood disorders like depression.

See Also: The power of expectation can restrain hyper-emotional memories in the brain

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Jan 9, 2017

Brian Greene: Time Travel is Possible

Posted by in categories: particle physics, time travel

Is the time we experience in our day-to-day lives real? Here, theoretical physicist Brian Green explores the potential particles of time and why we could, in theory, travel forward in time but not back.

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