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Why we built an artificial cave to teach our students about ancient art
22nd January 2017 | | Ancient, Tech

There are hundreds of books with illustrations of the earliest human artworks. Images of bison, mammoth, lions and horses from famous cave sites like Chauvet, Lascaux, Altamira and Rouffignac shine out from these pages.

Headset records brain waves, composes ideal music
21st January 2017 | | Tech

An artificial intelligence headset that records your brain waves and then composes original music tailor-made to improve your mood has been developed by Japanese scientists.

The synthesized music is meant to possess the power to uplift a person’s feelings.

Alt: The AI that can write a symphony just for you: Headset claims to be able to lift wearer’s mood with a personalized score made from their brain waves

Facebook targets a way to read your mind
21st January 2017 | | Tech

Facebook already has your name, your friends and your photographs: now it might want your thoughts too.

Job advertisements posted in California suggest that the social network is planning to develop telepathic technology that can read brain waves – a way of sharing that would go far beyond status updates or sharing holiday snaps.

Alt: Facebook has a mysterious team working on tech that sounds a lot like mind reading

A New Device Could Make Memory Implants a Reality
21st January 2017 | Tech

By mimicking the way neurons fire in the hippocampus during natural memory creation, a brain implant was used to successfully plant memories in the brains of rats.

Though human implementation is far off, this breakthrough in cracking the hippocampus’ mathematical “memory code” has very important implications for health and research.

21st January 2017 | Tech

A new technique for programming human stem cells to produce different types of tissue on demand may ultimately allow personalized organs to be grown for transplant patients.

Related: Human Organs-on-Chips

UV light can aid hospitals’ fight to wipe out drug-resistant superbugs
20th January 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

A new tool — a type of ultraviolet light called UVC — could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

Salmonella Has Been Genetically Engineered to Consume Brain Tumors
20th January 2017 | Tech

Duke researchers genetically modified Salmonella typhimurium to fight one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer: Glioblastoma.

Lab tests in rats with extreme cases of glioblastoma showed an astonishing 20 percent survival rate, with the tumors going into remission over a period of 100 days.

Chemical engineers program yeast to convert plant sugars into oils
20th January 2017 | Tech

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel.

A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
20th January 2017 | Earth, Tech

In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there’s one technology in development that almost sounds too good to be true: nuclear fusion.

Calorie restriction diet extends life of monkeys by years
19th January 2017 | | Animal Life, Tech

Put down the cake. Going on a permanent diet could make you live longer, if findings from monkeys hold true for people.

A long-running trial in macaques has found that calorie restriction makes them live about three years longer than normal, which would translate to about nine years in people.

Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?
19th January 2017 | | Humans, Tech

There are some 200 different types of cells in the body, but they can all be traced back to stem cells. Before they differentiated into heart, liver, blood, immune cells, and more, they were called pluripotent, meaning they could become anything.

Environmentally-friendly soy-based filter can capture toxic chemicals that other filters can’t
19th January 2017 | Earth, Tech

Washington State University researchers have developed a soy-based air filter that can capture toxic chemicals, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, which current air filters can’t.

The research could lead to better air purifiers, particularly in regions of the world that suffer from very poor air quality.

Surf and Earth: How prawn shopping bags could save the planet
19th January 2017 | Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Bioengineers at The University of Nottingham are trialling how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags as a ‘green’ alternative to oil-based plastics, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life.

High-tech agriculture can prevent oncoming global water wars
19th January 2017 | Earth, Tech

Forget about oil or gas – you should be worrying about the less discussed but far more concerning fact that the world is running out of clean, drinkable water.

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity
19th January 2017 | | Earth, Tech

As a new year dawns, it is hard not to be dazzled by the current pace of technological change in food and agriculture. Only last month, news emerged of a crop spray with the potential to increase the starch content in wheat grains, allowing for yield gains of up to 20%. This development comes hot on the heels of major breakthroughs in gene-editing technologies – using a powerful tool known as Crispr – over the course of 2016.

Scientists Could Identify a Person’s Age by Looking at These Cells in Their Brain
18th January 2017 | Humans, Tech

By examining the brains of 480 people that died between the ages of 16 and 106, researchers have learned that glial cells experience bigger changes than neurons during aging.

This information could lead to better treatment options for neurological disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, or even ways to combat aging altogether.

After day one, AI is crushing humanity at poker
18th January 2017 | | Tech

The first day of the Brains vs. AI poker tournament is in the books, and the Libratus bot from Carnegie Mellon University emerged as the clear winner, collecting $81,716 to the humans $7,228.

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