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astronomyNASA JPL trying to develop 2069 mission to Alpha Centauri

NASA JPL is targeting an interstellar mission to launch by 2069 to Alpha Centauri. A 2016 funding bill called upon NASA to investigate methods of interstellar travel that could reach at least 10 percent of the speed of light by …

astronomyArtificial Intelligence helps NASA find 8th exoplanet in another solar system

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s …

physicsLargest quantum simulations using 53 qubit trapped ions and another with 51 Ryberg atoms

The University of Maryland has created the largest quantum simulation using 53 trapped-ion qubits. It is the largest quantum simulation ever performed with high- efficiency single-shot measurements of individual qubits. This provides access to arbitrary many-body correlators that carry information …

DNAUpdate on genome sequencing costs

For many years, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has tracked the costs associated with DNA sequencing performed at the sequencing centers funded by the Institute. This information has served as an important benchmark for assessing improvements in DNA …

crisprMore advanced genomic screening for embyro selection for IVF

In 2014, Nextbigfuture predicted Tiger Moms as being the driver of early adoption of genetic intelligence enhancement and the lifting of the One child policy in China. China’s One child policy was being lifted just as embryo selection based upon …

diseaseSingle-nucleus RNA sequencing, droplet by droplet

DroNc-Seq — a technology that merges single-nucleus RNA sequencing with microfluidics — brings new scale to gene expression studies in complex tissues. Last year Broad researchers described a single-nucleus RNA sequencing method called sNuc-Seq. This system enabled researchers to study …

batteriesMore durable and longer lasting lithium-ion batteries with nanosheet anodes

Singapore researchers have a new generalized method of producing anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The anodes are made from metal oxide nanosheets, which are ultrathin, two-dimensional materials with excellent electrochemical and mechanical properties. This will enable more durable and longer …

darpaDARPA Squad-x program for integration of robots, drones and sensors with infantry

Lockheed Martin has received a $12.9 million U.S. Defense Department contract for the Squad X Experimentation program for dismounted infantry combat systems. The contract will go toward design and testing for prototypes of equipment for combined-arms squads. Work will be …

artificial intelligenceDARPA seeks scalable and dynamic testing for learning robots

DARPA announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn and evolve to better manage variations in the environment and enhance the predictability of autonomous systems like driverless vehicles and unmanned …

crisprCrispr gene editing for healthier food and major medical advances

Recently the University of California, Berkeley welcomed about 300 people—scientists, CEOs, farmers, regulators, conservationists, and interested citizens to discuss CRISPR-CAS9 genetic modification. Agricultural Genetic modifications of the past were to commodity crops like corn and soy to improve their pest …