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A cave is no place for humans, so DARPA is sending in the robots

September 4th, 2019 at 2:47 am » Comments Off

DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge aims to make cave exploration a more robotic affair. Outside its cavernous passageways, the mine’s entrance is emblazoned in red lettering that reads “Safety Research Coal Mine.” This site is just one of two mine systems at the Bruceton Research Center in Pittsburgh. They were once part of a full mine system […]



Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

July 18th, 2019 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Scientists have discovered that terahertz light — light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing. Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery […]



Move over, silicon switches: There’s a new way to compute

May 12th, 2019 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

Logic and memory devices, such as the hard drives in computers, now use nanomagnetic mechanisms to store and manipulate information. Unlike silicon transistors, which have fundamental efficiency limitations, they require no energy to maintain their magnetic state: Energy is needed only for reading and writing information. One method of controlling magnetism uses electrical current that […]



This injectable gel could one day rebuild muscle, skin, and fat

May 10th, 2019 at 1:38 am » Comments Off

A new injectable gel could help repair damaged soft tissues. This injectable gel could one day rebuild muscle, skin, and fat Car crashes, battle wounds, and surgeries can leave people with gaping holes in soft tissue that are often too large for their bodies to repair. Now, researchers have developed a nanofiber-reinforced injectable gel that […]



Breakthrough research to revolutionize internet communication

April 27th, 2019 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough research to revolutionize internet communication A team of University of Otago/Dodd-Walls Centre scientists have created a novel device that could enable the next generation of faster, more energy efficient internet. Their breakthrough results have been published in the world’s premiere scientific journal Nature this morning. The internet is one of the single biggest consumers […]



This esports franchise is getting a $50 million arena alongside Philadelphia’s NBA, NFL, and MLB teams

April 6th, 2019 at 12:45 am » Comments Off

Philadelphia Fusion Arena Comcast Spector and The Cordish Companies plan to build a $50 million arena for the Philadelphia Fusion, an esports team in the Overwatch League. The Fusion Arena will be located in the center of the Philadelphia Sports Complex, adjacent to the city’s NBA, NFL, and MLB venues. The venue will span 60,000 […]



ADIFO: The hyper-agile, omnidirectional, supersonic flying saucer

April 3rd, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

ADIFO could resurrect the idea of flying saucers, promising extreme speed, efficiency and aerial agility At low speed, it operates like a quadcopter, at high speed, it’s a jet-propelled, highly efficient supersonic aircraft whose entire body acts as a low-drag wing. Those are the claims of the Romanian creators of this flying saucer that’s designed […]



Physicists reverse time using quantum computer

March 19th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past. They also calculated the probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will spontaneously travel back into its recent past. The […]



A novel dementia treatment will flood people’s brains with a low-risk version of a key gene.

March 7th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status. Depending on what versions of a gene called APOE you inherit, your risk of the brain disorder can be half the average—or more than 12 times as high. Sometimes called “the forgetting gene,” APOE comes […]



Doctor uses 5G to direct surgery live from a stage at Mobile World Congress

March 4th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Doctor Antonio Lacy of Hospital Clinic de Barcelona delivers a speech about the first 5G tele-mentored live surgery at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 27, 2019. – Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world’s biggest mobile fair as they […]



These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

February 28th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes […]



Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken

February 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet. In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were struggling to survive. That’s when Ryan Bethencourt saw an opportunity. A biologist with an entrepreneurial streak, he and a couple of friends started buying equipment from […]



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