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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.

ESA's Prometheus To Usher In Cheaper, Reusable Next-gen Rocket Engines

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

ESA's Prometheus to usher in cheaper, reusable next-gen rocket engines

Northrop Grumman Selected To Design And Build Gateway's Habitat Module

Posted in Science on 8th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a US$187 million contract to design the Habitation And Logistics Outpost (HALO) crew module for NASA's Gateway deep space outpost.

Facebook Creates Shopping Data Sets To Make More Humanlike Chatbots

Posted in Online, Software on 5th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

The hope is that this assistant emulates human chat partners by responding to images, messages, and messages about images as naturally as a person might.

Breakthrough Psilocybin Study Uncovers Neurochemical Origins Of Human Ego

Posted in Medicine on 5th Jun, 2020
by Alex Muller

New research asks, how does psilocybin create a feeling of ego dissolution, and what chemicals in the brain create our subjective sense of self?

Level Ex Upgrades Surgery Games To Virtually Train Doctors To Treat COVID-19

Posted in Games, Interviews on 31st May, 2020
by Alex Muller

The game lets the physician know if tests are expensive or time consuming, or if ventilators are available. That helps the doctor weigh decisions such as how soon to test someone.

NASA Resumes Human Spaceflight From U.S. Soil With SpaceX Launch

Posted in Business, Science on 31st May, 2020
by Alex Muller

The exhilarating spectacle of the rocket soaring flawlessly into the heavens came as a welcome triumph for a nation gripped by civil unrest, as well as ongoing fear and economic upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic.

4 Sectors Where We’ll See The First Post-pandemic Stars Emerge

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2020
by Alex Muller

Seismic economic shifts, such as the one COVID-19 has sparked, always give way to new markets and opportunities.