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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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June 1st, 2015 at 8:01 pm

A growing list of retracted scientific studies

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The latest prominent withdrawal of research results from scientific literature is the retraction by Science of a study of changing attitudes about gay marriage.  And it is very likely it will not be the last.  A study by Nature in 2011, found an increase of 10-fold in retraction notices during the preceding decade.   Continue Reading »

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June 1st, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Tiny milimeter-size ‘millirobots’ could replace invasive surgery

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Researchers from the University of Houston have developed a concept for MRI-powered millimeter-size “millirobots” that could one day perform unprecedented minimally invasive medical treatments.   Continue Reading »

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May 28th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

New class of magnets that swell in volume in magnetic field

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Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Temple University, have discovered a new class of magnets that swell in volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting.   Continue Reading »

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