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How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days

How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
When you look at the piles of paper you've stored for years, going paperless feels daunting. Not only do you have to scan everything, but you have to catalogue it, too.
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Sponge Converts Sunlight Into Steam for Electricity : DNews

Sponge Converts Sunlight Into Steam for Electricity : DNews | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A completely new structure heats water and turns it into steam. Continue reading →
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Chinese Drones Will Use Genetic Algorithms to Learn to Hunt For Submarines

Chinese Drones Will Use Genetic Algorithms to Learn to Hunt For Submarines | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
RT @melagic_chaos: Chinese Drones Will Use Genetic Algorithms to Learn to Hunt For Submarines http://t.co/srybv96G

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Accusations of fraud spur a revolution in scientific publishing

Accusations of fraud spur a revolution in scientific publishing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Mark Lorch: Three and a half centuries after the first science journal was published, post-publication peer review is shaking up the old system
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Accusations of fraud spur a revolution in scientific publishing

Accusations of fraud spur a revolution in scientific publishing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Mark Lorch: Three and a half centuries after the first science journal was published, post-publication peer review is shaking up the old system
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These Microbes Drive The Planet’s Breath And Ocean’s Pulse – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

These Microbes Drive The Planet’s Breath And Ocean’s Pulse – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A few years ago, a team of scientists took an expensive robot, attached it to a buoy floating off the coast of Hawaii, and left it there. From the outside, it would have looked like an elaborate ga...
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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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Lab-Grown Cheese Made by 'Milking' Genetically Modified Yeast Cells

Lab-Grown Cheese Made by 'Milking' Genetically Modified Yeast Cells | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The team first studied animal genomes to isolate the gene sequences responsible for producing milk protein or casein.  After optimizing the genes to work within yeast, they synthesized the gene from scratch in a genetic compiler, base pair by base pair. There’s no need to touch a cow in the making of the cheese.

These synthetic milk genes are inserted into yeast cells which begin manufacturing caseins. After the cells have been left to do their thing for awhile, the scientists separate yeast from caseins, add sugar (not lactose—making the cheese edible for the lactose intolerant), water, and vegetable oil.

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excerpt: "Cheese is only the latest attempt by scientists to make animal products in the lab."

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Neuroscientists Are Really Upset About Major Neuroscience Projects

Neuroscientists Are Really Upset About Major Neuroscience Projects | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach. Figuring out how our pesky old brains actually work has lots of potential benefits: We could learn more efficiently, cure mental illnesses, or even build smart robots. So last year,...
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Secrets of the Creative Brain

Secrets of the Creative Brain | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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Panda caught eating meat on camera – video

A wild panda is caught on surveillance camera eating a dead gnu in south-west China
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The Secrets of Successful Transit Projects — Revealed! | Streetsblog USA

The Secrets of Successful Transit Projects — Revealed! | Streetsblog USA | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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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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