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33rd Square: Breakthrough Allows For Cheap Hydrogen Production From Any Plant Source

33rd Square: Breakthrough Allows For Cheap Hydrogen Production From Any Plant Source | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.
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Category: Nanogenerators

Category: Nanogenerators | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
NANOGENERATORS are innovative self-powered energy harvesters that convert kinetic energy created from vibrational and mechanical sources into electrical power, removing the need of external circuits...
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33rd Square: Nicholas Negroponte Says In The Future We Will Swallow A Pill To Learn

33rd Square: Nicholas Negroponte Says In The Future We Will Swallow A Pill To Learn | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte is a consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today.
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Phys.Org Mobile: Ancient arachnid brought back to life (w/ Video)

Phys.Org Mobile: Ancient arachnid brought back to life (w/ Video) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Media Availability: Vaccine Made from Complex of Two Malaria Proteins Protects Mice From Lethal Infection

An experimental vaccine designed to spur production of antibodies against a key malaria parasite protein, AMA1, was developed more than decade ago by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. It showed promise in test-tube and animal experiments and in early-stage clinical trials, but returned disappointing results in recent human trials conducted in malaria-endemic countries.


Now, the NIAID scientists have improved on their original vaccine with a new candidate that delivers AMA1 protein together with part of a second parasite protein called RON2. In a natural infection, malaria parasites use the AMA1-RON2 complex to attach to and invade red blood cells. When injected into mice as a complex, the AMA1-RON2 vaccine prompted robust antibody production and protected the animals from a lethal form of mouse malaria. Moreover, when antibodies produced in response to AMA1-RON2 vaccine were administered to other, non-vaccinated mice, those animals received some protection from infection as well. Further analysis showed that the improved antibody response following AMA1-RON2 vaccination was due to an increased proportion of antibodies aimed directly at the AMA1-RON2 junction, which made them better at inhibiting parasite invasion.
The researchers note that this strategy of vaccination with the functional protein AMA1-RON2 complex could be tested in the next generation of human malaria vaccines. Such vaccines, which would contain multiple AMA1 sequences in complex with RON2, might induce antibodies targeted to a range of genetically diverse malaria parasites.

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Phys.Org Mobile: 'Nanojuice' could improve how doctors examine the gut

Phys.Org Mobile: 'Nanojuice' could improve how doctors examine the gut | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

"Conventional imaging methods show the organ and blockages, but this method allows you to see how the small intestine operates in real time," said corresponding author Jonathan Lovell, PhD, UB assistant professor of biomedical engineering. "Better imaging will improve our understanding of these diseases and allow doctors to more effectively care for people suffering from them." 

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A Brief History of Treating Addiction as an Emotional Processing Disorder

A Brief History of Treating Addiction as an Emotional Processing Disorder | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A constant thread throughout our blogs so far has been an assertion that alcoholism and addiction are primarily emotional regulation and processing disorders. So we were thus  very interested to fi...
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33rd Square: US NIH Launches 3D Print Exchange Library

33rd Square: US NIH Launches 3D Print Exchange Library | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The US National Institutes of Health has launched of its 3D Print Exchange, a website that allows users to download, edit and share models of anatomy, bacteria and lab equipment.
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Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch" | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose awareness.
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This Startup Can Plot Your Dance Party's Data On A Chart

This Startup Can Plot Your Dance Party's Data On A Chart | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Lightwave literally has nightlife down to a science
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The Ultimate Cancer-Fighting Combo: Magnetism + a Sea Organism

The Ultimate Cancer-Fighting Combo: Magnetism + a Sea Organism | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scientists are using the most magnetic mineral found in nature to do something pretty amazing: heating up and destroying cancer tumors.
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excerpt: " Why you should care Because a tiny sea organism’s race to the North Pole may hold the key to diagnosing — and fighting — cancer." Read more: Using Magnetism to Attract + Blast Cancer | Fast forward | OZY
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Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better | Enterprise | WIRED

Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better | Enterprise | WIRED | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It all started at a small academic get-together in Whistler, British Columbia.
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Washington task force meets to discuss drone regulation

Washington task force meets to discuss drone regulation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A Washington state task force focused on drone regulations met for the first time today to discuss how government agencies can legally use unmanned aerial vehicles. The group was organized after Wash.
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Phys.Org Mobile: A counterintuitive phenomenon discovered: The coexistence of superconductivity with dissipation

Phys.Org Mobile: A counterintuitive phenomenon discovered: The coexistence of superconductivity with dissipation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

For his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota, Yu Chen, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry. However, the extremely small zinc nanowires he designed did some unexpected—and sort of funky—things.

 


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IBM’s Supercomputer Watson Has Graduated From Culinary School

IBM’s Supercomputer Watson Has Graduated From Culinary School | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
“Pickles,” chef Michael Laiskonis tells me as I poke at the plate he’s put in front of me. The menu said beet salad, but this isn’t that weary marriage of root vegetables with goat cheese, pistachio, and arugula. The former Le Bernardin chef reveals that it’s roasted beets and white...
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Photosynthesis photographed for the first time

Photosynthesis photographed for the first time | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Researchers at ASU capture a 'molecular movie' of water splitting into oxygen, protons and electrons.
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How to Make Water Flow Uphill Using the Leidenfrost Effect

How to Make Water Flow Uphill Using the Leidenfrost Effect | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

In this 2013 video by Science Friday, researchers take advantage of the Leidenfrost effect to make droplets of water flow up an incline. The Leidenfrost effect occurs when a liquid is placed on a surface that is significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point. A layer of vapor prevents the liquid from touching the surface and thus boiling rapidly away—the vapor also allows the liquid to move across the surface with ease.


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Phys.Org Mobile: Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

Phys.Org Mobile: Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
the ribosome: "The core of the ribosome is essentially the same in all living systems, while the outer regions expand and become complicated as species gain complexity. By digitally peeling back the layers of modern ribosomes in the new study, scientists were able to model the structures of primordial ribosomes."
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man's ever-increasing understanding of the organelles and processes will lead to more approaches to many other scientific fields and to new technology.
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The Tech That’ll Make This Year’s Fireworks Crazier Than Ever | Magazine | WIRED

The Tech That’ll Make This Year’s Fireworks Crazier Than Ever | Magazine | WIRED | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Nothing says "bombs bursting in air" like bombs bursting in air. Here's how pyrotechnicians will wow us on Independence Day.
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NIH launches 3D print exchange for researchers, students

NIH launches 3D print exchange for researchers, students | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The National Institutes of Health has launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. Today’s launch coincides with the first White House Maker Faire , an event designed to celebrate U.S. innovation in science, technology, engineering and math.

 
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Why Anesthesia Is One of the Greatest Medical Mysteries of Our Time

Why Anesthesia Is One of the Greatest Medical Mysteries of Our Time | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Anesthesia was a major medical breakthrough, allowing us to lose consciousness during surgery and other painful procedures. Trouble is, we're not entirely sure how it works.
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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.
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excerpt: "Tibetans have a gene, EPAS1, that's known to help regulate how the body responds to low oxygen levels. "It's also been called the 'super athlete gene,' because we know that certain humans that have a special version of this gene have a better performance with certain types of athletics," says Nielsen."
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A Map Showing All The Solar System's Solid Surfaces Stitched Together

A Map Showing All The Solar System's Solid Surfaces Stitched Together | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Via XKCD comes this awesome map of of the solar system's terrestrial surfaces pieced together as if it were a massive jigsaw puzzle. The illustration reveals the surprising scarcity of solid land in the solar system.
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Phys.Org Mobile: New metamaterial gives light a one-way ticket

Phys.Org Mobile: New metamaterial gives light a one-way ticket | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a silver, glass and chromium nanostructure that can all but stop visible light cold in one direction while giving it a pass in the other. The device could someday play a role in optical information processing and in novel biosensing devices.
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Somebody figured out how to autoplay music on Twitter.com

Somebody figured out how to autoplay music on Twitter.com | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Image Credit: Garrett HeathUpdated 6:32 p.m. ET: With examples of similar bugs. Someone – perhaps unwittingly – has figured out how to embed autoplaying audio inside of a tweet.
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Google is turning off the lights on QuickOffice for Android, iOS

Google is turning off the lights on QuickOffice for Android, iOS | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
gigaom.com - After years of widespread use – going back to Symbian and Windows Mobile days – QuickOffice is going away as a standalone application. On its Apps blog, Google announced it will be “un...
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