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Taste-Test: Do the sections of candy corn taste different from one another?

Taste-Test: Do the sections of candy corn taste different from one another? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
We cut up some corn, blindfolded some eating pros, and set out to find the truth…
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5 key growth areas in nanomedicine

5 key growth areas in nanomedicine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Traditionally, medicines are small molecules that target one or more biological pathways. Futuristic nanomedicines, however, are combinations of drugs and materials (natural or synthetic), at the size range of 100-1000 nm – a thousand of them lined up in a row are roughly the diameter of a human hair. These materials, usually synthetic or natural polymers and lipids, are often used to package hydrophobic drugs and make them more soluble. These tiny “packets” of drug-filled nanoparticles travel in the bloodstream and unload the drugs at sites of disease. Among the many inspiring innovations taking place in nanomedicine, here are five areas that we believe will experience significant growth in the years to come.


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11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war | News | Geek.com

11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war | News | Geek.com | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
From robotic exoskeletons that give soldiers superhuman strength to drone helicopters that
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Earth in the Balance: 7 Crucial Tipping Points

Earth in the Balance: 7 Crucial Tipping Points | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Humans must stay within certain boundaries if they hope to avoid
environmental catastrophe.
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You & Your Hormones | Glands | Pituitary gland

You & Your Hormones | Glands | Pituitary gland | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
the pituitary gland controls metabolism, growth, sexual maturation, reproduction, blood pressure and many other vital physical functions and processes.
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A Forensics Expert Explains Just How Far Removed CSI Is From Reality

A Forensics Expert Explains Just How Far Removed CSI Is From Reality | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Stand back behind the yellow tape, everyone! The CSI techs are on their way and they are coming to science—and it’s driving the real forensics experts crazy.
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How Insect Vision Is Leading to More Sensitive Drones | MIT Technology Review

How Insect Vision Is Leading to More Sensitive Drones | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A tiny, biologically inspired motion sensor could help small drones avoid collisions as they buzz around.
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Lost? Send in the Drones and Robots!

Lost? Send in the Drones and Robots! | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Newfangled robots, drones and heartbeat-detecting tech might just save your ass if you disappear.
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excerpt: "Imagery from search-and-rescue aircraft typically can’t be analyzed prior to landing, whereas drones recently approved by the FAA for civilian use now allow visuals to be streamed live. That’s how DEEMI can rely on a volunteer in, say, Ohio to spot a limb in an image before a pilot maneuvers a drone closer to that specific geolocation, saving “days, hours, minutes and, ultimately, lives,” says Bowie, DEEMI’s director."

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Constructor theory solves the riddle of life – Chiara Marletto – Aeon

Constructor theory solves the riddle of life – Chiara Marletto – Aeon | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Constructor theory is a new vision of physics, but it helps to answer a very old question: why is life possible at all? The early history of evolution is, in constructor-theoretic terms, a lengthy, highly inaccurate, non-purposive construction that eventually produced knowledge-bearing recipes out of elementary things containing none. These elementary things are simple chemicals such as short RNA strands, which can perform only low-fidelity replication, and so do not bear the appearance of design, and are therefore allowed to exist in a pre-biotic environment governed by no-design laws.
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8 Reasons Why Students Should Still Write Research Papers

8 Reasons Why Students Should Still Write Research Papers | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
8 Reasons Why Students Should Still Write Research Papers by Dorothy Mikuska There are plenty of reasons why the research paper is not assigned.
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What Hypnosis Really Does to Your Brain

What Hypnosis Really Does to Your Brain | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Most people agree that hypnosis does something to your brain — specifically something that makes people make fools of themselves at hypnotist shows. But how does it actually affect the human brain? Can it make people recall events perfectly? Are post-hypnotic suggestions a bunch of baloney? What is the truth about hypnotism?
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The Rise of Digital Doors: Why Physical Keys Are No Longer Enough | AT&T Digital Life: What's Trending

The Rise of Digital Doors: Why Physical Keys Are No Longer Enough | AT&T Digital Life: What's Trending | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Here's why digital locks are the best way to keep your home safe.
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Phys.Org Mobile: Dutch 'paddy power' pulls electricity from rice fields

Phys.Org Mobile: Dutch 'paddy power' pulls electricity from rice fields | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Founded in 2009, Plant-e is perfecting a system originally dreamt up at Wageningen University and patented in 2007. All that the system requires to produce electricity is a plant growing in water, be it mangrove swamps, rice paddies, bogs or simply in a pot or your garden.
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How to Determine the Correct Things to Focus On

How to Determine the Correct Things to Focus On | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
This was the first thing I discovered about figuring out the right things to focus on. If you want to master and deeply understand the core fundamentals of a task you may, paradoxically, need to start by casting a very wide net. By trying many different things you can get a sense of what comes more easily to you and set yourself up for success. It is much easier to focus on something that’s working than struggle along with a bad idea.
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Was Einstein the First to Invent E = mc 2 ?

Was Einstein the First to Invent E = mc 2 ? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The great physicist was not the first to equate forms of mass to energy, nor did he definitively prove the relationship
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SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space ...
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PostWithPicture - Create prettier social media posts

PostWithPicture - Create prettier social media posts | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Share a link on Facebook and ...
customize the picture!
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pay nothing! This service is free.
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The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning

The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning.
With machine learning, computers can process and mine data in real time to automatically discover insights and generate predictive models. Companies can find patterns and foresee what will happen in the future based on real-time analysis of their data. The possibilities fueled by machine learning are endless.
Rather than having humans enter data using a web form sitting on a database, machine learning solutions automatically mine data from both inside and outside the enterprise. This data may reside in historically unstructured systems like emails and calendars or from call centers or legacy voicemail systems. The software will not only aggregate and organize this data, it will mine this information to generate insights and predictions, which can then be used by business people to make decisions.


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3 Miracle Pills That Could Exist Soon

3 Miracle Pills That Could Exist Soon | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
O Magazine polled readers to find out which pills you wish existed -- and did the research to find a few that might in the near future.

In your wildest wellness dreams, scientists would invent a magic capsule to...
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Epigenetics: phenomenon or quackery? | Machines Like Us

Epigenetics: phenomenon or quackery? | Machines Like Us | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An online news resource providing the latest in cognition, artificial intelligence, synthetic life, health, medicine, genetics, space, computer science, biology and aging, anthropology, evolution and atheism, science and technology and other science news
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Man Uses Drone to Expose One of America's Biggest Secrets

Man Uses Drone to Expose One of America's Biggest Secrets | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Drones on American soil are revealing some stunning things.
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Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It's a scenario often raised by critics who don't want the FDA to approve sale of the fish. Sundström attests that the risk of escape is, for the most part, in the future. "We are expecting very little risk at the moment, because there are very few facilities that actually hold these fish. I think what's a worry to some people is if it becomes commercialized and you find these kind of fish in millions of hatcheries around the world." If that were to happen, he says, the concern is that growers might become lax about containment methods, and then it would just be a matter of time before a fish — or a few — got out.
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Machine Vision Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History

Machine Vision Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Creativity is one of humanity’s uniquely defining qualities. Numerous thinkers have explored the qualities that creativity must have, and most pick out two important factors: whatever the process of creativity produces, it must be novel and it must be influential.

The history of art is filled with good examples in the form of paintings that are unlike any that have appeared before and that have hugely influenced those that follow. Leonardo’s 1469 Madonna and child with a pomegranate, Goya’s 1780 Christ crucified or Monet’s 1865 Haystacks at Chailly at sunrise and so on. Others paintings are more derivative, showing many similarities with those that have gone before and so are thought of as less creative.

The job of distinguishing the most creative from the others falls to art historians. And it is no easy task. It requires, at the very least, an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art. The historian must then spot novel features and be able to recognize similar features in future paintings to determine their influence.

Those are tricky tasks for a human and until recently, it would have been unimaginable that a computer could take them on. But today that changes thanks to the work of Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh at the University of Washington, who say they have a machine that can do just this.

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Phys.Org Mobile: Evolution is unpredictable and irreversible, biologists show

This result—that later mutations were dependent on the earlier ones—demonstrates a feature known as contingency. In other words, mutations that are accepted by evolution are contingent upon previous mutations to ameliorate their effects.
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Biochemists devise new technique for blueprinting cell membrane proteins

Biochemists devise new technique for blueprinting cell membrane proteins | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Biochemists from Trinity College Dublin have devised a new technique that will make the difficult but critical job of blueprinting certain proteins considerably faster, easier and cheaper.

 

The breakthrough will make a big splash in the field of drug discovery and development, where precise protein structure blueprints can help researchers understand how individual proteins work. Critically, these blueprints can show weaknesses that allow drug developers to draw up specific battle plans in the fight against diseases and infections.

Professor of Membrane Structural and Functional Biology at Trinity, Martin Caffrey, is the senior author of the research, which has just been published in the international peer-reviewed journal Acta Crystallographica D.

 

He said: "This is a truly exciting development. We have demonstrated the method on a variety of cell membrane proteins, some of which act as transporters. It will work with existing equipment at a host of facilities worldwide, and it is very simple to implement."

 

Over 50% of drugs on the market target cell membrane proteins, which are vital for the everyday functioning of complex cellular processes. They act as transporters to ensure that specific molecules enter and leave our cells, as signal interpreters important in decoding messages and initiating responses, and as agents that speed up appropriate responses.

 

The major challenge facing researchers is the production of large membrane protein crystals, which are used to determine the precise 3-D structural blueprints. That challenge has now been lessened thanks to the Trinity biochemists' advent - the in meso in situ serial crystallography (IMISX) method.

 

Beforehand, researchers needed to harvest protein crystals and cool them at inhospitable temperatures in a complex set of events that was damaging, inefficient and prone to error. The IMISX method allows researchers to determine structural blueprints as and where the crystals grow.

 

Professor Caffrey added: "The best part of this is that these proteins are as close to being 'live' and yet packaged in the crystals we need to determine their structure as they could ever be. As a result, this breakthrough is likely to supplant existing protocols and will make the early stages of drug development considerably more efficient."


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