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Battle Against Cancer: Scientists Develop First 3D Computer Model of How a Solid Tumour Grows

27th August 2015

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The first three-dimensional computer model of how a solid tumour grows, mutates and evolves has been developed by scientists who say it will help them to understand how lethal cancers develop resistance to drugs and chemotherapy.

A mathematical construction of the complex evolution of a cancerous tumour has already pointed to the most dangerous tumour cells being those where the DNA mutates in such a way that the cells break away to move around the body, the scientists said.

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Scientists Find Way to ‘Turn Off Cancer’ by Reverting Cancerous Cells to Benign Tissue

26th August 2015

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Researchers at the US Mayo Clinic demonstrated a method to turn cancerous breast and bladder cells benign, according to their study published in the Nature Cell Biology.

The study, which although in its early stages has been hailed by cancer charities as “crucial”, works by focusing on the PLEKHA7 protein that clumps healthy cells together.

Led by Panos Anastasiadis, researchers found that when the usual sequence of cell regulation is disrupted, cancerous cells quickly occur and multiply out of control, but by adding mircoRNAs molecules scientists were able to prevent cancer.

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California Lawmakers Approve Drone Trespassing Crime Bills

25th August 2015

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California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission.

I should think that flying a drone over someone else’s property without permission would be ipso facto trespassing.

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Thousands of Redheads Celebrate Their Recessive Gene at Festival in Ireland

23rd August 2015

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We need more recessives.

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Doing Well by Doing Good

22nd August 2015

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Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material.

Their solar-powered system runs a small current through a tank filled with a hot, molten salt; the fluid absorbs atmospheric CO2 and tiny carbon fibres slowly form at one of the electrodes.

“Until now, carbon nanofibres have been too expensive for many applications,” he told journalists at the autumn meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

Carbon nanofibres are already used in high-end applications such as electronic components and batteries, and if costs came down they could be used more extensively – improving the strong, lightweight carbon composites used in aircraft and car components, for example.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd August 2015

Schrade Tactical Pens. One of these babies could save your life.

Hexayurt.

SpinChiller.

The Egg Calculator.

H0w to Build Your Own Cotton-Candy Machine. If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

GarlicShaker. Billed as ‘the iPhone of garlic peelers’. “Hey, Siri, peel me a clove.” Unlikely.

Turn the Apple Watch Into a Pocket Watch. More here.

All-Terrain Electric Skateboard. Supposedly.

Fold-Out Paper Sofa.

PotatoParcel. If you’re Irish, come into the parlor.

Bacon Scarf.

Stain Devils.

OnHub.

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Sweet-Smelling Secrets of Mosquito-Repellent Grass

21st August 2015

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US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs.

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Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out of Thin Air

21st August 2015

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Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn’t pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that’s exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.

Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered process that can turn carbon dioxide, a gas that contributes to climate change, into solid carbon nanofibers.

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World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Ever Found Finally Washes Up After 108 Years

21st August 2015

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First Wolf Pack in Decades Spotted in Northern California

21st August 2015

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No doubt riding Harleys.

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Superconductivity Record Sparks Wave of Follow-Up Physics

20th August 2015

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A superconductor that works at room-temperature would make everyday electricity generation and transmission vastly more efficient, as well as giving a massive boost to current uses of superconductivity such as the enormous magnets used in medical imaging machines.

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Solid State Lithium Battery

19th August 2015

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Researchers at MIT and Samsung have built a battery that eschews the use of liquid electrolytes in favor of a solid state substance that offers some serious benefits.

Most commercial lithium-ion batteries use a liquid electrolyte to transport charged particles and provide power. But there are problems with this – the liquid degrades over time, and if the battery leaks there are serious safety issues.

“All of the fires you’ve seen, with Boeing, Tesla, and others, they are all electrolyte fires,” said Gerbrand Ceder, visiting professor of materials science and engineering at MIT.

“The lithium itself is not flammable in the state it’s in in these batteries. [With a solid electrolyte] there’s no safety problem — you could throw it against the wall, drive a nail through it — there’s nothing there to burn.”

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Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found in Nature

19th August 2015

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Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable everything your body does, like repairing damaged cells or breaking down food.

Last year, biotech startup Synthorx announced that it had pushed the limits of biology by adding new building blocks to a bacteria’s genetic code. Now they’ve gone a step farther: those engineered bacteria have created a well-studied protein that has an added function, according to a press release the company issued yesterday. This could be the first step towards the discovery of new, more effective drugs and vaccines.

Synthorx added two more nucleotides, X and Y, to a bacteria’s DNA. These combine with the other four to make up to 172 different amino acids—over eight times the 20 commonly found in nature. These can combine to make an enormous number of proteins never before seen on Earth.

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No, the Alabama Sorority Video Is Not More Offensive to Women Than Donald Trump

18th August 2015

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For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, a promotional video for a University of Alabama sorority that depicts the girls dancing in bikinis—and doing other stereotypical sorority stuff—provoked an internet backlash against its supposedly anti-feminist content. But that’s not all: the backlash itself has also earned its own backlash.

As you might have guessed, Donald Trump is somehow involved.

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‘Call 911’: Man Whose Truck Fell on Him Says Apple’s Siri Made the Call That Saved His Life

18th August 2015

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Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice recognition service on his iPhone — famously named Siri — called emergency dispatchers after his truck fell on him while he tried to make repairs.

Ray tells media outlets that a jack collapsed, pinning him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal in a location where he couldn’t be easily seen or heard. He says he was trying to get free when he heard Siri activate.

He says: “I said ‘Call 911,’ and that was all it said.”

Buy an iPhone, says the man who owns Apple stock.

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Man Trying to Prevent Suicide Falls to His Death From University of Hawaii Dorm

18th August 2015

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Two men fell from the 14th floor of a University of Hawaii dormitory — one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said.

The 24-year-old man who died was trying to bring inside an apparently distraught 19-year-old who went out a window onto the ledge early Sunday, authorities said.

Both men fell to the ground and were critically injured, police said in a statement. They were taken to a hospital, where the older man was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

Just for grins, try to think of what the older guy was saying as he fell. I think a variant of ‘You stupid asshole!’ is most likely.

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Typhoon Lifts Boeing 747 Off the Ground

18th August 2015

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The typhoon is shown repeatedly lifting the nose wheel of a China Airlines Cargo jet in a MrOutofcontrolvideos YouTube video.

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New Study Reveals Octopuses Have Alien DNA

16th August 2015

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I have always suspected so.

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Koala Chases Down Quad Bike in High Speed Chase

16th August 2015

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A South Australian woman found herself in an unusual high speed car chase when a koala bear chased after her as she rode away on a quad bike.

Ebony Churchill recorded the apparently fearless marsupial as it tried to keep pace with the bike and posted it to her Facebook page.

When she stopped the koala was then filmed trying to climb up onto of the wheels.

Gotta love Australians.

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The Most Expensive College in Every State

16th August 2015

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From Business Insider, which (despite its name) is neither from Business nor from Insiders.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th August 2015

Greycork – Upgrade Your Living Room.

Tactical Can Cooler. One of these babies could save your life.

Picnic Backpack.

GoSun Stove.

Navion. More here.

Meat-Patterned Rug. For when you really hate your spouse’s dog.

True Utility Keyring System.

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German Girl Finds Gold Bar While Swimming In Alpine Lake

13th August 2015

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Police said they are still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination near Berchtesgaden on the border with Austria.

SECRET NAZI GOLD! Well, it could be….

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Attack on the Pentagon Results in Discovery of New Mathematical Tile

12th August 2015

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If you can cover a flat surface using only identical copies of the same shape leaving neither gaps nor overlaps, then that shape is said to tile the plane.

Every triangle can tile the plane. Every four-sided shape can also tile the plane.

Things get interesting with pentagons. The regular pentagon cannot tile the plane. (A regular pentagon has equal side lengths and equal angles between sides, like, say, a cross section of okra, or, erm, the Pentagon). But some non-regular pentagons can.

If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Researchers Smash Records With Pig-to-Primate Organ Transplants

12th August 2015

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With the financial aid of a biotechnology executive whose daughter may need a lung transplant, U.S. researchers have been shattering records in xenotransplantation, or between-species organ transplants.

The researchers say they have kept a pig heart alive in a baboon for 945 days and also reported the longest-ever kidney swap between these species, lasting 136 days. The experiments used organs from pigs “humanized” with the addition of as many as five human genes, a strategy designed to stop organ rejection.

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Gene Therapy Makes Near-Blind Patients See by Strengthening Neural Connections

11th August 2015

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An historic University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia gene therapy trial, launched in 2007, restored vision to many Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis Type 2 (LCA2) patients who would normally go completely blind by their early 40s. Although reviving the retina was one key to restoring these patients’ sight, the new imaging study showed the gene therapy also prompted the brain to rewire, strengthening the visual pathway from eye to brain.

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Black ministers Petition Smithsonian to Remove Bust of Margaret Sanger

11th August 2015

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‘Black leaders’ finally get a clue. About time, too.

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Homeschooling in the City

10th August 2015

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For Wade and her husband, and for city dwellers with concerns ranging from classroom environment to the Common Core, public school is out of the question. And for them, as for many urban middle-class families, paying hefty private school tuition is not a realistic option, either. “It wasn’t so much a decision of what we were going to do—it was what we weren’t going to do,” she says. In the end, the Wades opted to homeschool. “Homeschooling is in some ways the easiest option. We’re driving our children’s education. We’re giving up a lot to do it, but in the end we thought it would make us most satisfied.”

At first, the Wades knew no other homeschoolers, and, like many young parents in the city, they had no family nearby, so they prepared themselves to go it alone. Before too long, however, they found a growing network of urban homeschoolers. “In a city like this, you can find your tribe,” says Wade. “You can find your homeschoolers. And there are a lot of us.”

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A Latin Renaissance in East Scarborough, Ontario

8th August 2015

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We were in the vice principal’s office at our children’s school discussing our plans for a Latin Club. Her puzzled skepticism was not surprising; even we assumed that the prospect of studying Latin would appeal to only a small group of students – perhaps none apart from our own. The previous spring I had given our principal a proposal: my good friend Sharon and I would offer Latin classes at lunch hour to students in grades two through six using Barbara Bell’s textbook for British schoolchildren, Minimus: Starting Out in Latin. The VP very sensibly suggested that we walk around to each of the grade two through six classes giving a ten minute pitch for the Romans and their dead language to increase the chances of signing up students who weren’t our own offspring.

Armed with a short script, colour brochures printed up at my husband’s office and Sharon, I set off on our recruitment drive through the halls of our Scarborough Catholic elementary school one Tuesday morning last October.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th August 2015

Free Your Feet by Putting Super-Strong Socks on Them. You first.

Jawhorse.

Zip Line Kit.

The GrOpener.

Cantilever Flatware.

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How Nanomaterials Can Help Make Fuel from Sunlight

7th August 2015

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new way of designing systems that could efficiently turn carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into useful organic compounds—similar to what plants do through photosynthesis. Down the road, they say, the system could become a commercially viable way to produce high-value chemicals like drug precursors used by the pharmaceutical industry, or to store renewable energy in the form of liquid fuels.

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This Amazing, Hilarious Elevator Can Fit Right Into Any House

7th August 2015

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The Lifestyle Home Elevator from U.K.-based Terry Lifts is an impossibly clever home-help device for old folks or for anyone who can no longer use the stairs.

But better than the product itself is the Reuters news report about it, which is just about the most English thing you’ll see today. To watch it is to enjoy wall-to-wall carpeting, mugs of tea placed artfully in the shot, and highly inaccurate references to both Star Trek and Doctor Who.

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Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered

6th August 2015

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The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot.

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Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon

5th August 2015

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The dragline silk spiders use to make a web’s outer rim and spokes is amazing stuff. It matches high-grade alloy steel for tensile strength but is about a sixth as dense. It is also highly ductile, sometimes capable of stretching to five times its length.

This combination of strength and ductility makes spider silk extremely tough, matching the toughness of state-of-the-art carbon fibers such as Kevlar.

So it goes without saying that the ability to make spider silk even stronger and tougher would be a significant scientific coup. Which is why the work of Nicola Pugno at the University of Trento in Italy and a few pals is something of a jaw-dropper.

These guys have found a way to incorporate carbon nanotubes and graphene into spider silk and increase its strength and toughness beyond anything that has been possible before. The resulting material has properties such as fracture strength, Young’s modulus, and toughness modulus higher than anything ever measured.

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Second Recall at Kraft After Consumers Choke on Plastic Jade Scipioni

4th August 2015

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The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) is voluntarily recalling 36,000 cases of select code dates of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices after customers reported choking on the plastic wrapping.

Three consumers choked and ten complaints were filed after some sections of the plastic remained connected to the cheese after it was unwrapped.

“If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard,” according the company’s statement.

I’m astonished that they could tell the difference.

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Sixth DNA Base Discovered?

2nd August 2015

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DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the main component of our genetic material. It is formed by combining four parts: A, C, G and T (adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine), called bases of DNA combine in thousands of possible sequences to provide the genetic variability that enables the wealth of aspects and functions of living beings.

In the early 80s, to these four “classic” bases of DNA was added a fifth: the methyl-cytosine (mC) derived from cytosine. And it was in the late 90’s when mC was recognized as the main cause of epigenetic mechanisms: it is able to switch genes on or off depending on the physiological needs of each tissue.

In recent years, interest in this fifth DNA base has increased by showing that alterations in the methyl-cytosine contribute to the development of many human diseases, including cancer.

Today, an article published in Cell by Manel Esteller, director of the Epigenetics and Cancer Biology Program of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), ICREA researcher and Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona, describes the possible existence of a sixth DNA base, the methyl-adenine (mA), which also help determine the epigenome and would therefore be key in the life of the cells.

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HIV Flushed Out by Cancer Drug

2nd August 2015

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The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves “HIV reservoirs” untouched.

The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was “highly potent” at reactivating hidden HIV.

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High School Student Proves Professor Wrong When He Denied “No Irish Need Apply” Signs Existed

1st August 2015

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I have long had a personal interest in this question. When Jensen’s original article appeared in 2002 I was active on the Urban Legends Message Board (snopes) where it was an object of much discussion. Even with the more limited data bases of the time I came up with two ads that said Irish would not be accepted for employment. However, in later years Jensen’s Thesis became part of the wallpaper of discussion, with a lot of academics just accepting that the signs had never existed.

And once again the Narrative is undermined by reality.

 

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The $1-a-Week School

1st August 2015

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ACROSS the highway from the lawns of Nairobi’s Muthaiga Country Club is Mathare, a slum that stretches as far as the eye can see. Although Mathare has virtually no services like paved streets or sanitation, it has a sizeable and growing number of classrooms. Not because of the state—the slum’s half-million people have just four public schools—but because the private sector has moved in. Mathare boasts 120 private schools.

This pattern is repeated across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The failure of the state to provide children with a decent education is leading to a burgeoning of private places, which can cost as little as $1 a week.

The parents who send their children to these schools in their millions welcome this. But governments, teachers’ unions and NGOs tend to take the view that private education should be discouraged or heavily regulated. That must change.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

1st August 2015

Work-From-Home Excuse Generator. Refresh page to generate a new excuse.

Sticklets connectors.

Imperial Spherificator.

‘Swiss Army jacket’.

Emergensee Variable Focus Eyeglasses.

Eyejusters.

Portable Inflatable Bathtub.

SkySaver Backpack.

GravityLight.

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New Ebola Vaccine Shows 100 Percent Effectiveness In Early Tests

31st July 2015

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A paper published today in the British medical journal Lancet reports that the vaccine, which has been tested in Guinea since March 2015, has shown extraordinary results so far, with 4,123 people voluntarily vaccinated and all safe from the disease.

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This Giant Free-Form 3D Printer Can Print Houses

30th July 2015

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The good folks at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are developing technology that would allow architects and constructors much more freedom in the kind of buildings they erect. Using a repurposed automotive manufacturing robot made by Kuka, the Branch team developed a giant free-form 3D printer that extrudes a mix of plastic and carbon fiber. This is used to create a 3D lattice which is then reinforced with denser, stronger materials like concrete, eventually becoming a solid structure. The idea being that walls of pretty much any shape can be pre-built this way, and sent in scaffolding form to the construction site. Once there, construction workers assemble them and fill them with stronger materials, turning a fanciful curved wall into a permanent structural element. Each modular element fits together with the others like LEGO, making it possible for a project manager to simply send a digital file to Branch, only to later receive a completed framework for their building, ready for solidification and assembly.

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Washington DD Is Sinking Into the Sea Through a Process of “Forebulge Collapse”

30th July 2015

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Some good news for a change.

Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea through a process known as “forebulge collapse.” This means the government of the United States is sitting on a waterbed that is heaving and could gradually collapse over the next century unless active preparations are put in place.

Good luck with that.

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43 Different Ways To Lace Shoes

30th July 2015

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If, of course, you still use shoe laces.

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New Dissolving Ring Delivers Drugs Through Your Stomach For Seven Days

29th July 2015

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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On the Farm, Algae May Be the New Corn

28th July 2015

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Apart from human uses, corn makes up the majority of feed for livestock. At one point, over 95% of the feed grains grown in the United States were based on corn. It’s no surprise then that in 2015 alone, some 89.2 million acres will be grown in the United States. This represents around 40% of all the corn grown worldwide.

But corn has seen a decline due to a number of factors. Crops have been hard hit by climate change. Higher temperatures have led to decreased yields and less overall abundance. As a result, the value of corn has dropped since 2012. This has put additional pressure on farmers, suggesting they may have to forego corn and look to other crops to maintain viability. This could harm corn stocks and hinder food security.

There may be an answer to the corn dilemma, but to find it, one has to look not in the prairies but the sea. Within the salty brine are algae. These microorganisms, once believed to be primordial plant species, are nutrient-making machines. They are known to produce high levels of antioxidants and also a variety of essential fatty acids. Some companies have even seen their algal-derived products make it to market.

Hmm. Kelp-fed beef just doesn’t have the same ring, somehow.

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New Study Into Lack of Women in Tech: It’s NOT the Men’s Fault

27th July 2015

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Shucks, I could have told you that.

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.

No, the reason that young women don’t train in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas – and thus, don’t find themselves with jobs at tech companies, in IT etc – is quite simply that they mostly don’t know enough maths to do those courses.

“It is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys,” says economics prof Donna Ginther.

Ginther and a colleague, Shulamit Kahn, examined statistics on young women’s maths qualifications and mathematical requirements for college courses in America. Put simply, they found that absence of women studying a given course can be accounted for simply by the fact that most young women don’t know much maths.

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Lockheed Martin’s New Compact Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

26th July 2015

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Or maybe not.

A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It’s about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities.

“We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years, and we’ve already shown we can do that in the lab. So it wouldn’t be at full power, like a working concept reactor, but basically just showing that all the physics works.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th July 2015

Cubrick cabinet.

Tactical Baby Carrier.

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Malaria Vaccine Gets ‘Green Light’

24th July 2015

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The world’s first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

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Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes

23rd July 2015

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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