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Could Brain Stimulation Fight Obesity?
25th April 2017 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech

People with obesity could benefit from magnetic or electric stimulation of the brain that helps them to eat less, a new review of studies finds.

In the review, researchers looked at the latest work on two noninvasive brain-stimulation techniques, and found that for people with obesity, both electrical and magnetic pulses yielded promising, though very preliminary, results.

Scientists Have Discovered a New Quantum State of Matter
25th April 2017 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech

Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal.

This is a new state of matter they expect will have applications in ultrafast quantum computing, and the researchers believe this discovery is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

Physicists demonstrate new way to violate local causality
25th April 2017 phys.org | Space, Tech

For the first time, physicists have experimentally demonstrated the violation of “bilocal causality”—a concept that is related to the more standard local causality, except that it accounts for the precise way in which physical systems are initially generated

Two-dimensional melting of hard spheres experimentally unravelled after 60 years
25th April 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Tech

Experimental evidence of melting in two-dimensional substances has finally been gained by researchers. Findings from the study could be used to support technological improvements to thin film materials such as graphene.

Lab-grown meat is about to go global, and one firm is feverishly paving the way
24th April 2017 qz.com | Animal Life, Tech

Bruce Friedrich is about to up the ante in the effort to get more people eating plant-based and cell-cultured meat. With a staff that will soon exceed 30, Friedrich’s DC-based firm is expanding its attention from the United States to the entire world.


Related: Eating Dogs Banned in Taiwan—A First in Asia

Travis is a handheld translator that works with over 80 languages
23rd April 2017 | theverge.com | Tech

We’re getting very close to a Babel fish era, where you can just stick something in your ear and converse fluently with any human on Earth. But in the meantime, we have our smartphones.


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Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour
23rd April 2017 | theguardian.com | Tech

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

In what could become a landmark ruling, the court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension.

By listening to optical ‘noise,’ researchers discover new way to track hidden objects
23rd April 2017 phys.org | Tech

Researchers have developed a new solution to tracking objects hidden behind scattering media by analyzing the fluctuations in optical “noise” created by their movement.

Melding mind and machine: How close are we?
23rd April 2017 theconversation.com | Tech

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today’s imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality. Can the mind connect directly with artificial intelligence, robots and other minds through brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies to transcend our human limitations?

Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind
23rd April 2017 | theguardian.com | Tech

Social network says it’s assembled a team to build technology that allows you to ‘think’ commands at your smartphone. But what if you think that’s scary?


Alt: Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report
23rd April 2017 | reuters.com | Tech

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.

Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds
22nd April 2017 | npr.org | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Decades ago, scientists surgically attached pairs of rats to each other and noticed that old rats tended to live longer if they shared a bloodstream with young rats.

It was the beginning of a peculiar and ambitious scientific endeavor to understand how certain materials from young bodies, when transplanted into older ones, can sometimes improve or rejuvenate them.


Alt: Young human blood makes old mice smarter

Scientific advance for cool clothing: Temperature-wise, that is
22nd April 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Tech

A low-cost plastic material has now been developed that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer, reducing the need for energy-consuming air conditioning.

This ‘flying car’ could be buzzing between rooftops by 2022
21st April 2017 | theverge.com | Tech

Metro Skyway, a subsidiary of the Tel Aviv-based Urban Aeronautics, just introduced its plans to build a four-person, hydrogen-powered “flying car” that it hopes will be buzzing above skyscrapers by 2022.


Related: Watch this all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany
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New Window Screens Filter Pollution from Air
21st April 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Earth, Tech

New window screens with pollutant-trapping nanofibers may allow residents of smog-choked cities to breathe easier. The fibers are made of nitrogen-containing polymers and are sprayed onto screens in a technique called blow-spinning, in which a stream of air stretches out droplets of polymer solution in midspray to form an extremely thin layer of nanofibers.

Frog Slime Could Prevent the Next Pandemic
21st April 2017 gizmodo.com | Animal Life, Tech

New research from Emory University School of Medicine shows that a chemical in the mucus of South Indian frogs is capable of killing certain strains of the influenza virus.

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?
21st April 2017 | bbc.com | Animal Life, Tech

Komodo dragon blood contains an important compound which scientists think could offer a new treatment for infected wounds.

The reptile’s saliva harbours many different types of bacteria, which somehow do not affect the dragon.

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