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May 22, 2019

Supercapacitor Rover Charges in 10 Seconds

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So-called supercapacitors, AKA ultracapacitors, are amazing devices. While they don’t store as much total energy as a comparable battery, they can discharge this energy extremely quickly. They can also charge rapidly, as demonstrated by Mike Rigsby’s “Little Flash.” As described in his project write-up, the mini rover “runs for twenty minutes, charges in ten seconds.”

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May 22, 2019

Massive sequencing study links rare DNA alterations to type 2 diabetes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An international consortium of scientists has analyzed protein-coding genes from nearly 46,000 people, linking rare DNA alterations to type 2 diabetes. The study, one of the largest known of its type, includes data from people of European, African American, Hispanic/Latino, East Asian, and South Asian ancestries.

From this large cohort—roughly 21,000 individuals with type 2 diabetes and 25,000 healthy controls—the researchers identified four genes with rare variants that affect diabetes risk. The data suggests that hundreds more genes will likely be identified in the future.

These genes and the proteins they encode are potential targets for new medicines, and may guide researchers to better understand and treat disease.

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May 22, 2019

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs

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Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine’s most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back, such as developing “living antibiotics.”

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May 22, 2019

New research could lead to TB drug breakthrough

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Researchers have made a breakthrough that could eventually lead to a more effective treatment for tuberculosis.

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May 22, 2019

One of these models doesn’t exist

Posted by in category: employment

Virtual humans are now coming for models’ jobs.

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May 22, 2019

Compressorhead-Ace of Spades-Now with 350kg Singer

Posted by in category: futurism

Hey Meatbags! Here you go, just what you’ve all been waiting for…

Meet “Mega-Wattson” the new singer and “Hellga Tarr” the new guitarist and backing vocalist.

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May 22, 2019

Scientists Gene-Hack Viruses to Hunt and Kill Super-Strong Bacteria

Posted by in category: genetics

If we’re successful, this revolutionizes the treatment of infections.

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May 22, 2019

Scientists Are Creating Lasers So Powerful They Could Turn Light Into Matter

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

For over 11 decades we have known that matter and energy are interchangeable. The development of nuclear power has shown us that matter can be converted into energy, but converting energy into matter has so far proven a lot more difficult.

The battlefield for such an achievement is at the end of the most powerful lasers ever envisioned, currently being planned and built in a number of different countries. Three projects top the “gone to watch list” of the laser world, prepared by the journal Science. They are China’s Station of Extreme Light (SEL), Russia’s Exawatt Center for Extreme Light Studies (XCELS), and the Department of Energy’s Optical Parametric Amplifier Line (OPAL).

These three lasers are planned to completely annihilate the current record for laser power, which is 5.3 million billion watts or 5.3 petawatts (PW) and obtained by Ruxin Li and colleagues at the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF). Li is also behind SEL and hopes that by 2023 his team could reach the goal of a 100-PW laser.

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May 22, 2019

Cybercriminals Are Holding an Entire US City Hostage

Posted by in category: futurism


The city of Baltimore is under attack, but not by someone armed with guns or bombs.

Two weeks ago, cybercriminals used ransomware known as RobinHood to seize control of about 10,000 of the city’s computers, saying they won’t relinquish access unless Baltimore hands over about $100,000 worth of bitcoin.

Baltimore is refusing the meet the ransom demand. However, it also isn’t equipped to crack the ransomware, meaning it’s been forced to go largely offline — another disturbing example of modern government’s inability to keep up with the evolving threat of cybercrime.

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May 22, 2019

One billion year old fungi found is Earth’s oldest

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists have unearthed fossilised fungi dating back up to one billion years, in a discovery that could reshape our understanding of how life on land evolved, research showed Wednesday.

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