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New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water
19th May 2017 | | Earth, Tech

When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds.

Mussel gloop can be used to make wounds knit without any scars
17th May 2017 | | Animal Life, Tech

The humble mussel could soon help us prevent scarring. A sticky substance naturally secreted by the marine animal is one element of a glue that closes skin wounds seamlessly in rats. The glue could be used to prevent unsightly scars after accidental cuts or surgical operations.

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections
17th May 2017 | | Humans, Tech

UK scientists have released the first batch of “groundbreaking” medical scans that reveal step-by-step how the human brain develops in babies.

Researchers around the world can use the data to understand what healthy growth looks like, say the Developing Human Connectome Project experts.

Unbreakable quantum entanglement
17th May 2017 | Space, Tech

Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” persists even at high accelerations, researchers of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna were able to show in a new experiment

Related: New materials bring quantum computing closer to reality

Ending Aging: Scientists Say Telomeres May Be the Key to Unlocking Near-Immortality
16th May 2017 | Tech

If humans can’t yet achieve immortality, the next best thing would be finding a way to slow down or even reverse the process of aging. While there’s an entire industry devoted to so-called “anti-aging,” the biological truth is that our fate is written in our DNA. Specifically, the end bits which are called telomeres.

Battery-free implantable medical device draws energy directly from human body
16th May 2017 | Tech

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using charged particles, or ions, from fluids in the human body. The device is harmless to the body’s biological systems, and it could lead to longer-lasting cardiac pacemakers and other implantable medical devices.

A New “Tube Transport” System Could Get You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours
16th May 2017 | Tech

Transportation of the future is being developed today: autonomous electric vehicles, flying cars, and the futuristic pods that make up the Hyperloop are just a few notable examples. There’s another idea vying to be the next generation of public transportation

Future of farming? Driverless tractors and drones attempt to grow crops without humans setting foot on the land in a world first
16th May 2017 | | Earth, Tech

A team of agricultural engineers are attempting a world-first of growing and harvesting a field of cereal crop without a human setting foot on the land.

Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land.

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”
15th May 2017 | Earth, Tech

Ultimately, this absurd warranty lends authority to Musk’s previous claims that the solar roofs would be cheaper than traditional roofs, which is notable because cost efficiency is one of the primary hurdles when it comes to renewable energy.

Renewable hydrogen could fuel Australia’s next export boom after CSIRO breakthrough
15th May 2017 | | Earth, Tech

Australia’s next big export industry could be its sunlight and wind, as game-changing technology makes it easier to transport and deliver their energy as hydrogen.

20,000-year-old artifacts, 21st century technology
12th May 2017 | | Tech

Museums are turning to virtual reality, apps, and interactive experiences to keep tech-savvy visitors engaged

Related: Houzz has a new AR mode that lets you try furniture before you buy

Synthetic bone implant can make blood cells in its marrow
12th May 2017 | | Tech

Scientists have engineered a bone-like implant to have its own working marrow that is capable of producing healthy blood. The implant may help treat several blood and immune disorders without the side effects of current treatments.

A quarter of the world’s population now uses Facebook every month
12th May 2017 | | Tech

The company now has 1.94 billion monthly active users, up 17 percent from the first quarter of 2016. (Currently, the world population is estimated at 7.5 billion.)

Related: Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

Holographic analysis of Wi-Fi data generates 3-D images of the vicinity
12th May 2017 | | Tech

Scientists have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators could use this to track objects as they move through the production hall.

Every Single Car Sold In India Will Be Electric By 2030
12th May 2017 | Tech

In India, air pollution has become a public health crisis as well as an economic one, and the government is responding in a big way: by 2030 all cars sold in the country will be electric.

Survey finds average American willing to pay ~$3-$5k premium for automated vehicles
12th May 2017 | Tech

A new article in the May edition of Transportation Research took up the question of how much, if anything, consumers would pay for autonomous driving capabilities in their vehicles. The survey of 1,260 American households concluded that the average household would be willing to pay $3,500 for partial automation, or $4,900 for full automation.

Related: Citizen Scientist Challenges Math Behind Red Light Camera Tickets

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot
12th May 2017 | | Tech

Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

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