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Jul 22, 2019

‘BioSolar Leaves’ are better at cleaning the air than trees, say the technology’s developers

Posted by in categories: food, innovation

Via World Economic Forum

This nature-inspired invention uses microscopic plants to suck pollution from the air while producing organic biomass that can be harvested and used in food.

Jul 18, 2019

Crispr Innovators Make It Easier to Use Their Gene-Editing Technology

Posted by in categories: genetics, innovation

Two important developers of the celebrated Crispr gene-editing technology said they will make it easier for researchers to license their intellectual property, a move aimed at hastening innovation in the burgeoning field.

MilliporeSigma, the life-sciences tools division of German pharmaceutical giant Merck KGaA, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard said researchers will be able to get nonexclusive rights to patents held by both organizations for research purposes with a single license.

Companies will have to pay a licensing fee. Nonprofit and academic institutions will be permitted to license the patents for free, the organizations said in a news release on Thursday.

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Jul 17, 2019

CRISPR breakthrough treats diseases like diabetes without cutting DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

CRISPR-Cas9 shows incredible promise, but the long term effects of cutting DNA in living organisms isn’t known. Now scientists from the Salk Institute have modified it to work without cutting, switching targeted genes on and off instead, and used it to treat diabetes and muscular dystrophy in mice.

Jul 15, 2019

Study gives insight into sun-induced DNA damage and cell repair

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

A team led by a Baylor University researcher has published a breakthrough article that provides a better understanding of the dynamic process by which sunlight-induced DNA damage is recognized by the molecular repair machinery in cells as needing repair.

Ultraviolet light from the sun is a ubiquitous carcinogen that can inflict structural damage to the cellular DNAs DNA carries important blueprints for cellular functions, failure in removing and restoring damaged parts of DNA in a timely fashion can have detrimental outcomes and lead to skin cancers in humans, said lead author Jung-Hyun Min, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Min and her team showed how the repair Rad4/XPC would bind to one such UV-induced DNA damage—6–4 photoproduct—to mark the damaged site along the DNA in preparation for the rest of the nucleotide excision repair (NER) process in cells.

Jul 13, 2019

Will Your Next Job Be On Mars?

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

Mars recruitment is underway. No longer science fiction, the job opportunities will be abundant, diverse and highly innovative. Ready to apply?

Jul 9, 2019

Google DeepMind publishes breakthrough Artificial General Intelligence architecture

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

On January 20th Google’s DeepMind division, the division behind a myriad of artificial intelligence (AI) firsts, quietly submitted a paper on Arxiv entitled “PathNet: Evolution Channels Gradient Descent in Super Neural Networks” that mostly went unnoticed.

Jul 8, 2019

Invention: Plasma-powered flying saucer

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

By Justin MullinsPass a current or magnetic field through a conducting fluid and it will generate a force. Numerous aerospace engineers have tried and failed to exploit this phenomenon, known as magnetohydrodynamics, as an exotic form of propulsion for aircraft. But perhaps attempts so far have all been too big.

A very small design could have a better chance of taking off, says Subrata Roy, an aerospace engineer at the University of Florida, Gainesville, US.

With a span of less than 15 centimetres, his aircraft qualifies as a micro air vehicle (MAV), but it has an unconventional design to say the least. It is a saucer shape covered with electrodes that ionise air to create a plasma. This plasma is then accelerated by an electric field to push air around and generate lift.

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Jul 6, 2019

Pillars of light appear in Sulu skies

Posted by in categories: entertainment, innovation

“Pillars of light” appeared again in the province of Sulu this year, and were captured in several photos shared by netizens. Current latest trending Philippine headlines on science, technology breakthroughs, hardware devices, geeks, gaming, web/desktop applications, mobile apps, social media buzz and gadget reviews.

Jul 3, 2019

4 Countries With Innovative Plans to go Zero Carbon

Posted by in category: innovation

Planet-saving projects.


Jul 1, 2019

Neuromorphic computing finds new life in machine learning

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Neuromorphic computing has had little practical success in building machines that can tackle standard tests such as logistic regression or image recognition. But work by prominent researchers is combining the best of machine learning with simulated networks of spiking neurons, bringing new hope for neuromorphic breakthroughs.

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