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Proteins trapped in glass could yield new medicinal advances

August 7th, 2019 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

The protein, captured in an extremely thin piece of glass — around 50 nanometres in diameter, is sliced up, atom by atom, with the help of an electrical field. It is then analysed through Atom Probe Tomography, and the 3D structure is recreated on a computer. Credit: Small: Volume 15, Issue 24, Atom Probe Tomography […]



Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them

July 30th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

Not for humans yet The proposed future technology Neuralink intends to make, a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from threads embedded in the brain. Photo: Neuralink Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the […]



South Korean tech breakthrough could change biofuels forever

July 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  Researchers in South Korea have made a major breakthrough in using bacteria to sustainably and efficiently produce biofuels. The team of scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) report that they have developed a new kind of engineered microorganisms that are capable of producing greater volumes of the fatty acids […]



New mind-controlled robot arm first to work without brain implant

July 15th, 2019 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

  Just strap on the EEG cap and start thinking. If you want to control a robot with your mind — and really, who doesn’t? — you currently have two options. You can get a brain implant, in which case your control over the robot will be smooth and continuous. Or you can skip the […]



The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

July 12th, 2019 at 3:19 am » Comments Off

The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes. Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. It’s that last point that has […]



Should we gamify citizenship?