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Ecosia Is A Search Engine Alternative That Donates 80% Of Its Profits To Reforestation

Posted in Business, Online on 26th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

The unique selling point of Ecosia is that it donates at least 80% of its profits to reforestation projects, meaning that every search that is made on its website or app contributes in a small way to planting more trees.

SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Hopes To Massivly Outperform And Outprice The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket

Posted in Business, Hardware, Science on 26th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Elon has said that mass production will bring the cost of the Starship down to $5 million.

Neuroscience Has Discovered That These Two Brain Networks Are Key To Consciousness

Posted in Medicine, Science on 26th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Scientists are working hard to uncover the mystery of why we are conscious, with teams all over the world carrying out studies on the brain aimed at cracking the consciousness code.

Solar Energy Conversion Efficiency Of 47% Demonstrated

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

A new six-junction solar cell, developed by NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), converts 47.1% of incident light into electricity when combined with optical concentration.

Coronavirus Antibody Immunity Fades By 70% Within 2-3 Months

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Antibody levels found in recovered COVID-19 patients fell sharply in 2-3 months after infection for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, according to a Chinese study published in Nature Medicine. This raises questions about the length of any immunity against the novel coronavirus.

Airbus To Continue Work On ESA's Fetch Mars Rover

Posted in Hardware, Science on 17th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

ESA has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space to go ahead on the next phase to develop the advanced Sample Fetch Rover.

Artificial Synapses And Living Cells Communicate Using Brain Chemicals

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

A new biohybrid artificial synapse allows living cells to communicate with electronics using electrochemical signals

CRISPR At Lightning Speeds

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University has developed a way to speed up the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing process by using light-sensitive nucleotides.

Synthetic Fungal Compound Activates Cancer's Self-destruct Switch

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a synthetic version of a fungal compound that could help swing things back in our favor, by reactivating a missing gene that would normally drive these sinister cells to self-destruction.

Impressive Long-term Benefits Of MDMA For Treating PTSD, Study Reports

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

At the original end-point of the trials, 56 percent of the cohort no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD. The long-term follow-up data revealed continued improvements in most subjects for well over a year, with 67 percent of the cohort subsequently no longer meeting the PTSD criteria.

World-first 3D Bionic Eye Could Enable Superhuman Sight, Night Vision

Posted in Hardware, Medicine on 11th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

A team led by scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has developed what they call the Electrochemical Eye (EC-Eye).

How A Crowdsourcing Challenge Turbocharged Brain Research During Lockdown

Posted in Medicine, Science on 10th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Thanks to big data and machine learning, large-scale collaborations for mapping the brain have already been made possible through data-sharing, such as the Human Brain Project or the BRAIN Initiative.