Human Glial Cells for half a mouse’s brain makes mice a lot smarter and method could treat multiple sclerosis in humans

Replacing half a mouse’s brain with human glial cells, the cells that support neurons with a protective substance called myelin, doesn’t mean the mice are any more human, per se. Rather, researchers hope the advance will build on prior work that lets them understand more about diseases of the brain. Though cell cultures offer a …

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Jupiter’s magnetic field can provide propulsion and power

Jupiter’s magnetic field can provide propulsion and power to spaceships or satellites Electrodynamic tether (EDT) can be used propulsion and power generation for a spacecraft in the Jovian system. The environment of the Jovian system has properties which are particularly favorable for utilization of an EDT. Specifically, the planet has a strong magnetic field and …

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Soft exoskeletons and wearable technology will merge with clothing and other currently inert wearables

The US army has mentioned a goal of providing soft exoskeletons to 90% of soldiers Tens of millions of elderly and disabled people could benefit by wearing effective soft or hard exoskeletons that help them walk and monitor and provide therapy for medical conditions. Wearable external and implanted automatic defibrillators are currently only prescribed for …

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Thorium Isotope breeder proposed by Maglich who had created four Migma Colliding ion beam fusion systems

Th/U233 breeding by fusion neutrons from tokamaks is not feasible at thermonuclear ion energies, but it is viable at Ti above 200 KeV. Bogdan Maglich says that the cause of 50 years of failures to achieve, in magnetic fusion systems, ion energy confinement time required for ignition, τE , is charge transfer scattering (CT). CT …

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Diamandis creates HeroX for crowdsourcing Xprize-Like Challenges like Self-replicating Robots

HeroX. It’s a spinoff from the X Prize Foundation, taking the incentive challenge model and crowdsourcing it. HeroX is a platform where anyone can spur innovation and solve problems by launching a challenge. It is a place for the world to come together to solve problems in need of creative solutions. And we need your …

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China will need to remove all fertility restrictions in order to get reasonable bump in birth rate

Beijing decided to significantly scale back the one-child policy in November last year. Leading Chinese demographers, such as Cai Fang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, predict the policy change would lead to a significant improvement in the country’s terribly low fertility rate. Cai believes the birth rate will bounce back to 2.4 if …

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Navy will test combat lasers on humvees this year and will field test 30 kilowatt lasers in 2016 and DARPAs Cargo Drones able to lift cars is on track as well

As the Navy prepares to deploy its first laser weapon on a ship later this summer, Office of Naval Research (ONR) officials announced June 11 that they have finished awarding contracts to develop a similar weapon to be used on ground vehicles. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, commonly referred to as GBAD, …

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Nissan To Launch Plug-In Hybrids by 2016 and all major carmakers are focused on plug in hybrids from 2015 to 2020

Plug-in hybrids will clearly be all the rage among carmakers for the next couple of years. While the number of high-volume battery-electric vehicles today can be counted on one hand–BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S–virtually every global automaker now has plug-in hybrids planned for launch between 2015 and 2020. Nissan plans to start of …

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More References for the antiaging GDF11 rejuvenation of brains and muscle in mice

Here is more of the research and description of the rejuvenation of brains and muscles in mice using young blood GDF11 protein. Injections of a protein known as GDF11, which is found in humans as well as mice, improved the exercise capability of mice equivalent in age to that of about a 70-year-old human, and …

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3D Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the cloak and anything beneath it are not there. The acoustic cloaking device works in all …

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Power climbers are getting lighter and stronger

Since MIT spinout Atlas Devices’ flagship product, the Atlas Powered Rope Ascender (APA), first hit the market in 2007, it’s been touted by media as a real-world version of Batman’s famed utility-belt grappling gun: At the pull of a trigger, the handheld device can hoist two people about 30 stories up a rope in 30 …

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