3D printers are churning out made-to-order bones and rudimentary organs

The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has generated a swell of interest in artificial organs meant to replace, or even enhance, human machinery. Printed organs, such as a proto­type outer ear developed by researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, was on the agenda at the Inside 3D …

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Warrior Web exosuit gets about a 10% net improvement in walking with load

Steve Jurvetson had a video and picture of the latest DARPA Warrior Web exosuits from Harvard and SRI at a Feb, 2015 meeting. The Harvard team uses linear actuators on the side of the backpack (instead of twisting filaments with the SRI team) to get a 10% net improvement in walking with load. The backpack …

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Gigapixel and multi-gigapixel cameras for better skin cancer screening

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it’s also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera, capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images …

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5.5 inch Apple iphone 6 plus and new iWatch

Apple finally has large phone. The 5.5 inch Apple iphone 6 plus. The iPhone 6 and 6 plus have 64-bit chips with 2 billion transistors (double the number in the iPhone 5s), up to 25 per cent faster CPU, up to 50 percent faster graphics performance. The iPhone 6 and 6 plus will start to …

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Detailed work at Lawrenceville Plasma Physics to resolve arcing problem with nuclear fusion project

The first steps have now been completed to begin the re-assembly of FF-1 (dense plasma focus fusion experimental fusion reactor). Lawrenceville Plasma Physics’s (LPP) lab team has successfully joined the new monolithic tungsten anode to a steel connector plate, creating a current contact that is outside the vacuum chamber and arcing-proof. Moving the contact outside …

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Update on Ukraine Casualties and situation

Guardian UK, Valentina Melnikova, head of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, the main organisation representing the troops’ families, said an estimated 7,000-8,000 Russian troops were believed to be in Ukraine. According to her estimates, between 10,000-15,000 troops have been deployed to Ukraine in recent weeks. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers and Citizen and the Army, …

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Adaptive Material with self tracking of the sun Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half to 4 cents per kwh

Glint Photonics is developing a novel solar concentrator in which an embedded liquid layer provides passive and automatic optical alignment to the incident sunlight, adjusting the optical properties of the concentrator to track the position of the sun. This “self-tracking” functionality is actuated by the sunlight itself, and doesn’t require any control system. It results …

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Russia will be building 1200 MWe fast neutron reactors as the core of its next generation nuclear fleet

Russia plans to start construction of three BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors before 2030. OKBM Afrikantov has said it envisages about 11 GWe (9 of the 1200 MW plants) of such plants by 2030, possibly including South Urals plant. The BN-1200 reactor for Beloyarsk will generate 1220 MWe and have a 60-year life. The core …

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Gas Dwarf Planets 1.7 to 3.9 times the size of the Earth at Stars with 50% more metal rich gas

The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream. We have small, rocky terrestrials like Earth and Mars, and large gas giants like Neptune and Jupiter. We’re missing the astronomical equivalent of strawberry ice cream – planets between about one and four times the size of Earth. …

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