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March 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am

The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

 

The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them.

One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical companies aren’t developing new antibiotics quickly enough. They also often place profits ahead public health when choosing which drugs to develop.

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November 19th, 2015 at 11:02 am

Australian engineers prove quantum computer coding in silicon now possible

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Engineers in Australia have have proven, with the highest score ever achieved, that a quantum version of computer code can be written, and manipulated, using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip. The advance removes lingering doubts that such operations can be made reliably enough to allow powerful quantum computers to become a reality.

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October 1st, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Top 5 trends for innovative tech in education

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Technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are no longer future-gazing technologies and are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.

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July 16th, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Coolest chemical substances humans have discovered

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Scientists are creating and discovering new materials all the time, but few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:26 pm

The death of car ownership?

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Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Google’s AI has dreams that are amazing and disturbing

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Was once famously asked by American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.  And the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. Dog-headed knights atop horses, or camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes is what they dream of.

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:16 pm

A Hologram you can touch made with superfast lasers

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Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with The Castle of the Carpathians and ever since the halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms, nd how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Are API’s for the human genome coming soon?

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory geneticist Gholson Lyon, recently pointed out in an article about Apple’s DNA-related ambitions that we don’t yet have a “killer app to interact with [our DNA] quickly and easily.   Continue Reading »

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June 30th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Amazing connection between gut bacteria and cognitive functioning

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Oregon State University researchers have discovered a new link between cognitive functioning and gut bacteria.  In recent years the science involving bacteria in the gut and its link to health and cognitive functioning has boomed.  Parkinson’s disease has even been linked to changes in gut bacteria.  Published in the journal Neuroscience, a new study shows that diets high in fat and sugar are probably impacting cognitive functioning, because of their impact on the type of bacteria that thrive on high-fat and high-sugar diets.   Continue Reading »

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June 29th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

DARPA says they are engineering the organisms that will teraform Mars

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology, that could excite or terrify you depending on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms.   Continue Reading »

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