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Inductive heating of Magnetic Nanoparticles enables safe thawing of cryopreserved transplant organs

A new study reveals that nanotechnology can be used to rapidly rewarm cryogenically treated samples without damaging delicate frozen tissues, which may someday help make organ cryopreservation a reality. More than 60% of the hearts and lungs donated for transplantation

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RRAM/PCM-Based Brain-Gates

An international team from Milan Polytechnic, Italy and Micron, Boise Idaho provided an update on the their work using RRAMs for unsupervised learning. Unsupervised learning is the ability to learn and recognize random patterns. Supervised learning would be learning the

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China’s New economy is about 30% of the overall economy

China has entered a “new normal” stage, where the returns to capital are continuing to decrease and low-skilled labor intensive industries are growing at a much slower speed. Whether the country can enjoy sustainable growth critically depends on the growth

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12 layers of kevlar in bullet proof origami shield

BYU mechanical engineers have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new ballistic barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded — which

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Spacex will fly private citizens on lunar orbiting missions as soon as 2018

SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel

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Does child survival make for smaller family sizes?

Hans Rosling (1948–2017), physician and epidemiologist, famously upturned assumptions widely held by the public and by the development community — assumptions that, thanks to US President Donald Trump, are back in the spotlight. A recurring theme of Rosling's was that

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Unfortunately Game Over for Actor Bill Paxton who played Hudson in Aliens

Actor Bill Paxton, age 61, has died due to complications from surgery. Bill Paxton had important roles in several of the best moviesHudson in AliensMorgan Earp in Tombstone (1993)Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995)the lead role in the 1996 hit

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China's J-20 stealth fighter has been seen with four auxiliary fuel tanks (aka, drop tanks or "bags") under its wings. Although cumbersome external fuel tanks sap the J-20's low observable (stealth) qualities and maneuvering performance, it is likely that they

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Making 3D maps of every cell in the human body

On 10 February 2017, the London-based charity Cancer Research UK announced that a team of molecular biologists, astronomers and game designers would receive up to £20 million (US$25 million) over the next five years to develop its interactive virtual-reality map

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Membrane solves one of the major technical barriers to commercialization of the lithium sulfur battery

Researchers developed an alteration to the lithium-sulfur battery that could make it more than competitive with the industry standard lithium-ion battery. The lithium-sulfur battery, long thought to be better at energy storage capacity than its more popular lithium-ion counterpart, was

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Scientifically designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease and other age related disease

A randomized trial shows cycles of a five-day fasting diet designed by a USC researcher safely reduces the risk factors for age-related diseases. What if you could lose weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening disease without any changes in

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Vasimr plasma rocket targeting 100 hours of continuous operation at 100 kW power level early in 2018

NASA NEXTSTep program awarded Ad Astra Vasimr plasma propulsion a three-year, $9 million contract in 2015. Ad Astra must fire its plasma rocket for 100 hours, at a power level of 100 kilowatts in 2018. This February, the company has

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Tesla Gigafactory 1 has 35% battery cost reduction to about $124/kWh and Tesla planing for 3 more Gigafactories

Tesla was aiming for at least a 30% reduction from its battery cost for Gigafactory and it now claims a “35% cost reduction” in a new promotional video. Starting from the “less than $190/kWh” cost and applying a 35% reduction

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DARPA sees future third wave of Artificial Intelligence

DARPA sees three waves of artificial intelligence – Wave 1 Engineers create sets of rules to represent knowledge in well‐defined domainsThe structure of the knowledge is defined by humans The specifics are explored by the machine Wave 2 Manifold hypothesisNatural

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Hair thin fibers were used for two way optical, electrical and chemical signaling within the brain

For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putting into practice an idea first proposed two

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US military technology superiority is challenged as reaching near parity in some capability areas

The Military Balance 2017 is the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics from the IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies, London) There has been no reduction in the range and number of security challenges demanding the attention

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Stanford researchers improve extraction of uranium from seawater

In the recent work, Stanford researchers improved on all three variables related to extracting uranium from seawater: capacity, rate and reuse. Their key advance was to create a conductive hybrid fiber incorporating carbon and amidoxime. By sending pulses of electricity

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If Bruce Wayne became president we could use the next stealth bomber as Air Force One

President Donald Trump complained that Boeing was building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but the costs are out of control and were projected to be more than $4 billion. Wright Williams and Kelley reported that

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Russian company working on a lightweight stealth fighter to replace the Mig-29 and Mig35

Russia’s RSK-MiG is working on a new lightweight fifth-generation stealth fighter to replace the Mikoyan MiG-29 and MiG-35 Fulcrum series fighters. Called the Liogkiy Mnogofunktsionalniy Frontovoi Samolyet (LMFS)—or Light Multi-Function Frontal Aircraft in English—United Aircraft Corporation is developing the new

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Many Ethicists are idiots

There is a 261 page report that reviews the ethics of genome editing The report’s recommendations are that in very, very limited cases, editing of viable human embryos should be allowed to go forward in the United States — a

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