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Batteries that “drink” seawater could power long-range underwater vehicles
19th June 2017 | Tech

The long range of airborne drones helps them perform critical tasks in the skies. Now MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) aims to greatly improve the range of unpiloted underwater vehicles (UUVs), helping them better perform in a range of applications under the sea.

Researchers create a high-temperature device that produces electricity from industrial waste heat
19th June 2017 | Tech

Glass and steel makers produce large amounts of wasted heat energy at high temperatures, but solid-state thermoelectric devices that convert heat to electricity either don’t operate at high enough temperatures or cost so much that their use is limited to special applications such as spacecraft. MIT researchers have developed a liquid thermoelectric device with a molten compound of tin and sulfur that can efficiently convert waste heat to electricity, opening the way to affordably transforming waste heat to power at high temperatures.

Neural networks take on quantum entanglement
19th June 2017 | Tech

Machine learning, the field that’s driving a revolution in artificial intelligence, has cemented its role in modern technology. Its tools and techniques have led to rapid improvements in everything from self-driving cars and speech recognition to the digital mastery of an ancient board game.

The mathematicians who want to save democracy
18th June 2017 | | Humans, Tech

With algorithms in hand, scientists are looking to make elections in the United States more representative.

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New kind of ‘tan in a bottle’ may one day protect against skin cancer
16th June 2017 | | Tech

A method that gives mice a tan without using ultraviolet radiation now works in human skin samples. It’s an early step in developing a lotion or cream that might provide fair-skinned folk with protection against skin cancer.

‘Bottled nature’ helps ease dental pain
16th June 2017 | | Tech

Could sitting in the dentist’s chair really be as enjoyable as a walk on the beach?

UK scientists found that putting patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment while being treated can reduce anxiety levels.

Head transplants: Sergio Canavero Announces Successful Repair of Spinal Cords
16th June 2017 | | Tech

The scientific team planning to carry out the world’s first human head transplant have announced the successful repair of severed spinal cords in rats, confirming their proof-of-principle study and helping show their technique “works across the board.”

Robot composer performs its own work
16th June 2017 | | Tech

A four-armed, marimba-playing robot can now write and play its own compositions with aid from artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Researchers fed the robot nearly 5,000 complete songs—from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis—and more than 2 million motifs, riffs, and licks of music.

Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
16th June 2017 | Tech

Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer.

Ambulances are so 2016. After a cardiac arrest, the fastest way to send help is on a flying drone
16th June 2017 | | Tech

The best medicine for a person going into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the body.

Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria
16th June 2017 | | Animal Life, Tech

A mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes, scientists report. The fungus is specific to mosquitoes and does not pose a risk to humans. Further, the study results suggest that the fungus is also safe for honey bees and other insects.

Concept could sustainably meet human resource needs of ‘full Earth’
15th June 2017 | Earth, Tech

A new concept proposes to provide food, energy and water resources for the world’s growing population by combining systems that simultaneously use different parts of sunlight’s spectrum to produce crops, generate electricity, collect heat and purify water.

Particle Accelerators Are Changing the Way We Look at Ancient Turds
13th June 2017 | Ancient, Tech

Most of the methods used to look at fossilized shit, more commonly called coprolites, are fairly outdated. Scientists mainly use two-dimensional imaging techniques that require cutting literal slices of the sample to look at them up close. Three-dimensional imaging methods in the lab might miss the smallest features like hairs or insect legs. But a team of Swedish scientists have a better way to reveal the poo’s secrets: particle accelerators.

Self-Replicating 3D Printers Could Build Moon Bases, Fight Global Warming
13th June 2017 | | Space, Tech

A 3D printer that could re-create itself from lunar material is in development at a university in Canada.

The technology could one day enable humans to 3D-print lunar bases, as well as conduct in-space manufacturing of satellites and solar shields on the moon that could help fight global warming

Gene therapy could ‘turn off’ severe allergies
13th June 2017 | | Tech

A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The University of Queensland.

Human tests suggest young blood cuts cancer and Alzheimer’s risk
12th June 2017 | | Tech

Older people who received transfusions of young blood plasma have shown improvements in biomarkers related to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease

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