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Mar 6, 2019

Genetically engineered immune cells wipe out lupus in mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Chimeric antigen receptor–T cell therapy—already approved for some cancers—might help human patients with the autoimmune disorder.

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Mar 6, 2019

NASA Captures First-Ever Images of Intersecting Shockwaves From Two Supersonic Jets

Posted by in category: transportation

An air-to-air imaging technology developed by NASA has resulted in the first images ever taken of interacting shockwaves produced by in-flight supersonic jets. The new images, in addition to being beautiful, will help NASA design jets capable of producing gentle rumbles instead of loud sonic booms when breaking the sound barrier.

The project, called AirBOS, or Air-to-Air Background Oriented Schlieren flights, recently took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, reports NASA in a press release. A new imaging system used during the test is now the first to capture high-quality images of interacting shockwaves produced by two different aircraft.

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Mar 6, 2019

Famous Einstein ‘puzzle’ solved as missing page comes to light

Posted by in category: futurism

A famous “puzzle” from perhaps the world’s most famous theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, has been solved, after a missing page was found.

The handwritten page was part of an appendix of a 1930 paper written by Einstein towards a unified field theory. It was discovered approximately two weeks ago, officials at Hebrew University said, nestled alongside other Einstein archives.

“But in the copies we had, one page was missing, and that was a problem. That was a puzzle,” Hanoch Gutfreund, scientific advisor to the university’s Einstein archive, said in comments to the AFP.

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Mar 6, 2019

5G is coming fast and it’s a game-changer

Posted by in category: internet

The blistering speed and versatility of the coming 5G network herald a quantum leap for mobile technology — here are the fast facts.

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Mar 6, 2019

The Algorithm Will See You Now: How AI is Helping Doctors Diagnose and Treat Patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence researchers are building tools to quickly and accurately turn data into diagnoses. But practical limitations and ethical concerns mean humans should remain in charge.

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Mar 6, 2019

116 Of The Oldest Color Photos Showing What The World Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Posted by in categories: entertainment, innovation

When you think of old photographs, you naturally think in terms of black and white, but as you can see from these stunning photographs from the turn of the 20th century, color photography has been around for a lot longer than you think.

Before 1907, if you wanted a color photograph then you (well, a professional colorist) basically had to color it in using different dyes and pigments, but two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière changed all that with a game-changing process that they called the Autochrome Lumière. Using dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion, they were able to produce vibrant photographs without the need for additional colorization. Despite being difficult to manufacture and also somewhat expensive, the process was very popular among amateur photographers and one of the world’s first books of color photography was published using the Autochrome Lumière technique.

The brothers revolutionized the world of color photography until Kodak took things to a whole new level with the invention of Kodachrome film in 1935, a lighter and more convenient alternative that quickly made the Autochrome Lumière obsolete (although its popularity continued in France up until the 1950s). Kodachrome was also eventually overtaken by the rise of digital photography (Kodak stopped manufacturing Kodachrome in 2009), which is now by far the world’s most popular way to take pictures, but modern advances in photographic technology wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of early pioneers like Auguste and Louis Lumière. Scroll down for a collection of stunning century-old color photographs using their groundbreaking technique.

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Mar 6, 2019

Corn and other important crops can now be gene edited

Posted by in category: food

Syngenta’s new method could transform difficult-to-edit plants.

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Mar 6, 2019

Magic Leap Wants to Build AR “Layers” Over The Entire Earth

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, futurism

The startup has an incredibly ambitious plan for the future.

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Mar 6, 2019

The Future of Mental Health

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

THE FUTURE OF FLOW — from my recent keynote at Mindvalley’s Afest.

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Mar 6, 2019

What to do with the lignin?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, genetics, space, sustainability

Learning to deal with lignin is important for recycling and space settlements. Unused biomass on space settlements and long-term voyages is something that just can’t be tolerated. The same problem exists in dealing with plant waste on earth. A new process helps convert it into a precursor for polyester, which can be used for all kinds of other materials.


Plant cells are composed of three main substances: cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. According to Yining Zeng, Michael E. Himmel, and Shi-You Ding in Biotechnology for Biofuels, the composition amounts to “40 to 50% of cellulose, 15 to 25% hemicelluloses, 20 to 25% lignin, and 5 to 10% other components.[1]” For the most part, the only truly useful part is the cellulose and the hemicellulose. The lignin is usually just thrown away. The most common use is fuel for heating units. That’s right. They just burn it.

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