FDA approves $475K Leukemia gene therapy treatment with 83% success rate

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced what the agency calls a “historic action” — the first approval of a cell-based gene therapy in the United States. The FDA approved Kymriah, which scientists refer to as a “living drug” because it involves using genetically modified immune cells from patients to attack their cancer. The …

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China and India innovation forecast

China Science and Technology Exchange Center has a new 87 page report with a comprehensive analysis and rating of the national innovative competitiveness of the BRICS countries last year, with China on top, followed by Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India. The BRICS group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) represent approximately …

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Spacex will have decades of commercial launch dominance

In 2018, Spacex could fully master reusable rockets that require no refurbishment for relaunch after landing. Spacex is already the low cost launch leader. Fully reusable (all stages) generation one capability will already reduce Spacex costs in half even while maintaining margins. No future launch capability is a threat to Spacex dominance of commercial space …

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China’s Navy in the 2020s will have a lot of modern subs, carriers and sea bases

China’s naval modernization effort encompasses a wide array of platform and weapon acquisition programs, including anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and supporting C4ISR (command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) systems. China’s naval modernization effort also includes improvements in maintenance and logistics, doctrine, personnel quality, education …

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3U Cubesat launch will be months instead of years and only $250,000 starting in 2019

There is a revolution coming coming for low cost small payload launching. CubeCab will use standard Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technologies to enable less expensive and quicker launch platforms without compromising quality in order to simplify processes and bring down overall costs to launch for the customer. For example, rather than complex cryogenic fuels …

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Central banks blockchain trials

The central Bank of Papua New Guinea is running blockchain trials. Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani described the blockchain trials underway at the Bank of PNG and introduced the PNG Digital Commerce and Cryptocurrency Association for the growing number of Papua New Guinea tech entrepreneurs and businesses interested in blockchain technology. Banks and central banks …

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5G and Internet of Things are ramping up and Intel is ready to make them work efficiently

Nextbigfuture interviewed Rob Topol about 5G. Rob is general manager of Intel’s client and IOT business and systems architecture group. Rob Topol, general manager of Intel’s client and IOT business and systems architecture group. The Internet of Things will soon have 50 billion devices and 200 billion sensors deployed. LTE/4G will not be able to …

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Nerve Cells restored in Monkeys with Parkinsons like disease

Parkinson’s disease causes the progressive loss of nerve cells that release dopamine, a chemical that helps control body movement. The researchers triggered a similar loss of cells in macaque monkeys, then used human stem cells to replace them. They hope to have human clinical trials in 2018. The animals showed significant improvement in their symptoms …

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Blockchain in Trucking Alliance and Blockchain for container shipping

One of the largest flatbed trucking fleets in the US has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA). PS Logistics, LLC, a leading national transportation and logistics company, joined as a charter member, to help advance the transportation industry through smart technologies and standardized performance standards. The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA) formed August 2017 …

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Top fifteen cryptocurrencies and twelve have billion dollar market cap

Here are the top fifteen cryptocurrencies by capitalization. In the top 15, 12 have over a billion dollars in market capitalization and three others are very close to a billion dollar market cap. Cryptocurrencies are a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the …

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