2018/06/14

Machine learning predicts World Cup winner



The 2018 soccer World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday and is likely to be one of the most widely viewed sporting events in history, more popular even than the Olympics. So the potential winners are of significant interest.

2018/06/12

Scientists create ‘genetic atlas’ of proteins in human blood



An international team of researchers led by scientists at the University of Cambridge and MSD has created the first detailed genetic map of human proteins, the key building blocks of biology. These discoveries promise to enhance our understanding of a wide range of diseases and aid development of new drugs.

Research reveals CRISPR gene-editing could increase cancer risk in cells




More research needs to be done to understand whether CRISPR-Cas9 – molecular ‘scissors’ that make gene editing a possibility – may inadvertently increase cancer risk in cells, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Karolinska Institutet.

2018/06/11

Zero-gravity champagne caters for out-of-this-world celebrations



In September 2018, Maison Mumm officially launches Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar: a groundbreaking feat of technology that makes it possible for astronauts and other space travelers to enjoy champagne in the challenging surroundings of zero gravity.

Gene mutation behind protein that helps regulate cholesterol levels identified



A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has identified a gene mutation that is at least partly responsible for regulating cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they tracked down the gene mutation responsible for the creation of a key protein involved in the process.

2018/06/10

This Futuristic Pod Hotel Will Pop Up in Remote Locations


The Tetra Hotel may not yet have a location, but that isn't stopping us from wanting to book a stay. Engineering firm WSP has proposed a new concept for a hotel: about 42 free-standing futuristic concrete pods in some of the world’s most magnificent remote locations.

High-Voltage DC Breakthrough Could Boost Renewable Energy



Thomas Edison championed direct current, or DC, as a better mode for delivering electricity than alternating current, or AC. But the inventor of the light bulb lost the War of the Currents. Despite Edison's sometimes flamboyant efforts—at one point he electrocuted a Coney Island zoo elephant in an attempt to show the technology's hazards—AC is the primary way that electricity flows from power plants to homes and businesses everywhere. 

Why using genetic genealogy to solve crimes could pose problems



Police are using a new type of DNA sleuthing, called genetic genealogy. Already the technique has caught murder and rape suspects in California and Washington. While solving the cases has given cause for celebration, the tactics used in catching the alleged culprits have many privacy and civil rights experts worried.

The Biggest New Features Coming to the iPhone



We expected coming into WWDC that iOS 12 would focus less on major new features and more on improving performance and eliminating bugs, and that’s partially true based on what Apple showed onstage today. “For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” said software VP Craig Federighi. But the new update for iPhones and iPads does include some significant additions, changes, and improvements. Screen Time, Memoji, Group FaceTime, and grouped notifications are just some of the new things that you’ll notice when you install iOS 12 this fall (or sooner if you join the beta coming later this month). The update will be available on all the same devices that received iOS 11.

Smart Technology And Cloud Efficiency is The Future Of Airports



Airport.s are massive and complex organisations. Paris Aeroport – one of the busiest airports in the world – describes itself as a ‘factory of the future’ – “Management on a daily basis of industrial processes such as the handling of thousands of pieces of luggage that come through our airports each day,” the Paris Aeroport website quotes [1].

2018/06/09

UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices



UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices. The advance could lead to much more energy-efficient transistors for electronics and computer chips, diodes for solar cells and light-emitting diodes, and other semiconductor-based devices.

What if our current hypothesis for the cause of Alzheimer's disease is all wrong?



BUFFALO, N.Y. — For more than 20 years, much of the leading research on Alzheimer’s disease has been guided by the “amyloid hypothesis.”
This theory focuses on one of the disease’s most salient traits: the formation of unusual plaques — or buildups of protein — in patients’ brains. In Alzheimer’s, these plaques are made from a protein known as beta-amyloid. As a result, many scientists believe that removing beta-amyloid or inhibiting its clumping should help to stave off dementia.

2018/06/08

Difference Between Machine Learning and AI



If you’re like most marketers, you’re probably trying to get in on a little AI action to raise your game and keep up with your competition. And if you’re like most marketers, you might not understand exactly how it all works yet. Join the club.

2018/06/07

Engineers Developed Cell-like Nanorobots Clear Bacteria and Toxins from Blood



San Diego, Calif., May 30, 2018 -- Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.

Human Blood Cells Converted into Functional Neurons



Human immune cells in blood can be converted directly into functional neurons in the laboratory in about three weeks with the addition of just four proteins, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found.
The dramatic transformation does not require the cells to first enter a state called pluripotency but instead occurs through a more direct process called transdifferentiation.