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Self-Propelling pills could mean the end of needle vaccines

February 13th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

These pills work like tiny speedboats. Open Wide A new type of tiny motor can help shuttle life-saving vaccines to where they need to go. For infants or those of us who are squeamish around needles, that could mean a future with fewer shots and more effective medicine. The problem with oral vaccines — ones […]



We can now grow perfect human blood vessels in a lab

February 3rd, 2019 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The latest game changer in diabetes research might not be a new drug or a therapy. Instead, it could be a system of human blood vessels virtually identical to the ones currently transporting blood throughout your body. What makes these blood vessels special is that they are the first ones grown in a lab — […]



Meet the desk-sized turbine that can power a small town

December 21st, 2018 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

A desk-sized turbine can power 10,000 homes using carbon dioxide. 10,000 Homes Engineers from GE Global Research unveiled a turbine that could provide power for 10,000 homes. But what’s truly remarkable about this turbine is its potential to solve the world’s energy challenges. Typically, turbines weigh tons and use steam to run—this one is no […]



Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

December 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019. A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. Energy Vault A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, […]



Gamification: The key to making cyber learning addictive

November 30th, 2018 at 5:32 am » Comments Off

How many times have you endured a dry-as-dust PowerPoint presentation or clicked through a tired e-learning course only to realize, despite hours of ‘teaching,’ you remember virtually nothing? It’s easy to blame yourself when this happens; you may feel guilty or even harbor doubts about your ability to retain knowledge. Don’t. There’s a good chance […]



There’s new evidence giving cash to the poor is more transformative than we thought

November 27th, 2018 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to poverty alleviation in the developing world, cash transfer schemes have been at the center of a difficult debate. For years, donor agencies and governments were urged to integrate the poor into their economies by providing them with a basic amount of cash. Yet those programs have been dogged by controversies, with […]



Bioprinting: How 3d printing is changing medicine

November 24th, 2018 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off


World-first: Bio-bricks made from urine

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The world’s first bio-brick made using human urine was unveiled at UCT this week. In picture are (from left) the Department of Civil Engineering’s Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert. The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in […]



Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

November 10th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone. Hossein Rahnama knows a CEO of a major financial company who wants to live on after he’s dead, and Rahnama thinks he can help him do it. Rahnama is creating a digital avatar for the […]



Is anti-gravity real? Science is about to find out

November 4th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The warping of spacetime, in the General Relativistic picture, by gravitational masses is what causes the gravitational force. It is assumed, but not experimentally verified, that antimatter masses will behave the same as matter masses in a gravitational field.LIGO/T. PYLE One of the most astonishing facts about science is how universally applicable the laws of […]



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