Apple expected to make a 12.9 inch iPad and new iWatch in 2014

Quanta Computer has reportedly landed orders for Apple’s rumored large-size iPad for mass production in the second half of 2014, while Inventec, Quanta and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) are currently competing over Apple’s iWatch orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Apple’s large-size 12.9 inch iPad will mainly target the education …

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Samsung super resolution S5 Galaxy and 5.5 inch Apple iPhone 6 in 2014

Bloomberg – Apple is developing new iPhone designs including 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, said a person familiar with the plans. It is expected that the new iPhone 6 versions will be released in September of 2014 Federico Ciccarese has a rendering …

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Drug-carrying nanoparticles that can be taken orally in pill form

Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have developed a new type of nanoparticle that can be delivered orally and absorbed through the digestive tract, allowing patients to simply take a pill instead of receiving injections. The researchers used the particles to demonstrate oral delivery of insulin in mice, but they say the …

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Genetically modified cells monitor blood fat levels and release hormones to make you feel full, test on obese mice help them lose weight

ETH-Zurich biotechnologists have constructed a genetic regulatory circuit from human components that monitors blood-fat levels. In response to excessive levels, it produces a messenger substance that signalises satiety to the body. Tests on obese mice reveal that this helps them to lose weight. Humankind has a weight problem – and not only in industrialised nations, …

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Interplanetary missions as secondary payloads

Many sizes of small satellites can be included in unused launch space. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News …

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UK company plans high altitude solar and wind energy generating drones

UK-based New Wave Energy plans to build the first high altitude aerial power plant, using networks of unmanned drones that can harvest energy from multiple sources and transmit it wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground. The network of drones hover in the sky harvesting both solar and wind power, while moving about at low …

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Intelsat advocating the business case for servicing satelltes

Intelsat has a fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites and is the world’s largest commercial operator. Intelsat has spacecraft and launches from most major manufacturers and launch agencies Intelsat has several launches annually to replenish fleet spacecraft Why Now for Satellite Servicing? • Global environment has changed – Development of international capabilities – Peaceful use …

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George Church has new 43 million dollar startup Editas Medicine to commercialize precise CRISPR/Cas gene therapy

Harvard geneticist George Church, who cofounded Editas, says the CRISPR/CAS gene therapy technology’s ability to change single base pairs enables fundamentally new ways of thinking about gene therapy. Many inherited diseases, including cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia, are caused by single base pair changes to the DNA sequence of genes; the precise CRISPR/Cas technology could …

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Alzheimers could just be late stage type 2 diabetes and avoidable with diet and exercise

Evidence is growing that Alzheimer’s could actually be a late stage of type 2 diabetes – if it is, we all have another big reason to live healthier lives. About 35 million people have Alzheimer’s; most of them require expensive, exhausting care. By 2050 that number is expected to triple. We still don’t really know …

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Netherlands TNO working on platooned cars in public road tests

TNO is working on technology to enable cars and trucks to drive automatically on the highway. Cooperatively and at low cost. Tests on the public road will have to demonstrate that automatic driving boosts traffic safety, improves traffic flow, cuts down on fuel and thereby reduces CO2 emissions. A unique aspect of this demonstration is …

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