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crowdsourcingSurplus volunteer computer power for Microbiome Immunity Project

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The Microbiome Immunity Project is a new, IBM-facilitated citizen science project by scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California San Diego, and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute. It will use the surplus …

asiaFacebook’s Internet Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google’s Stratospheric Balloons Project

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Facebook and Google compete intensely for your time online and for the ad dollars of corporations. But now the two companies are collaborating on efforts to use balloons and drone aircraft to expand Internet access to the four billion people …

crowdsourcingSolar Cells Will be Made Obsolete by 3D rectennas aiming at 40-to-90% efficiency

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A new kind of nanoscale rectenna (half antenna and half rectifier) can convert solar and infrared into electricity, plus be tuned to nearly any other frequency as a detector. Right now efficiency is only one percent, but professor Baratunde Cola …

bitcoinNASA’s ten electric engine battery powered plane

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Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. That is a concept being developed by NASA researchers called Greased Lightning or GL-10. NASA Langley researchers designed and …

artificial intelligenceComputers models show that Mars has briny liquid water in the top 2 inches of soil each night and it evaporates in the morning

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Liquid water collects in the Martian soil each night, before evaporating during the day, according to NASA’s Curiosity rover. If future missions can confirm this water cycle, it means astronauts could one day farm moisture to provide drinking water on …

artificial intelligenceAddressable quantum dot qubit with fault-tolerant control-fidelity

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Exciting progress towards spin-based quantum computing has recently been made with qubits realized using nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond and phosphorus atoms in silicon. For example, long coherence times were made possible by the presence of spin-free isotopes of carbon and …

crowdfundingMore Notes from the Rejuvenation Biotech Conference

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George Church of Harvard’s Stem Cell Institute led the conference off with a summary of progress in CRISPR technology. A questioner asked George about interaction with “chromatin state”. In any given cell, at any given time, some of the DNA …

crowdfundingCrop improvement and resistance to pathogens benefits from non-coding RNA studies

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With the rise of emerging economies around the world and a concomitant upgrade of health care systems, the global population has been rapidly expanding. As a consequence, worldwide demand for agricultural products is also growing. Crops now provide food …

crowdfundingTissue Engineering as a Third Age of Medicine

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CNET – Columbia researcher Nina Tandon believes that the era of engineered tissues — think ultimately of a replacement kidney grown in the lab — is just beginning. Medical science, boosted by manufacturing and information technology, is on the cusp …

crowdsourcingNew York Times gets behind fixing Soot as a major climate change mitigation first step

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NY Times gets behind a proposal to fix soot and methane as the faster way to address climate change while also improving public health. Science – Simultaneously Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change and Improving Human Health and Food Security Tropospheric ozone …