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Liquid 3D-printer
"Rapid Liquid Printing" uses gel to suspend its creations.

MIT collaborated with furniture firm Steelcase to create it. Rapid Liquid Printing physically draws in 3D space within a gel suspension, and enables the creation of large scale, customized products made of real-world materials. Compared with other techniques this is the first development to combine industrial materials with extremely fast print speeds in a precisely controlled process to yield large-scale products.

Article:
https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/nzpkb8/mit-gooey-3d-printer-self-assembly-lab

Video source:
https://vimeo.com/211513776

More info:
http://www.selfassemblylab.net/index.php

#SciTech #RapidLiquidPrinting #3D #research #innovation #science
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CRISPR Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA
Researchers have used the microbial immune system CRISPR–Cas to encode a movie into the genome of the bacterium Escherichia coli.

The technical achievement, reported on July 12 in Nature, is a step towards creating cellular recording systems that are capable of encoding a series of events, says Seth Shipman, a synthetic biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. While studying brain development, Shipman became frustrated by the lack of a technique to capture how cells in the brain take on distinct identities. This inspired him to explore the possibility of making cellular recorders.

“Cells have this privileged access to all sorts of information,” he says. “I would like to have these molecular recordings functioning in the developing nervous system and recording information.”

Source and further reading:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lights-cameras-crispr-biologists-use-gene-editing-to-store-movies-in-dna1/?sf98331545=1

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Original images of the galloping mare Annie G. (left) are shown next to images encoded into bacterial DNA and recovered (right) using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.
Credit: Seth Shipman via GIPHY

#science #scitech #CRISPR #BIOTECH #medicine #research
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Machine lust
I have a thing for machines...I could watch this for a few hours.
This is a Octo-Plus ON6H Ingersoll.

Reference:
http://www.ingersoll-imc.com/en/index.htm

#scitech #engineering #cuttingtools
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Static fire test of a Falcon Heavy side booster completed in McGregor, TX last week. This booster previously launched Thaicom 8.

Article:
https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/watch-spacexs-falcon-heavy-booster-static-test-fire/

#spacex #science #innovation #scitech
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The stem cells that produce our blood have been created in the lab for the first time
After 20 years of trying, scientists have transformed mature cells into primordial blood cells that regenerate themselves and the components of blood. The work, described in Nature, offers hope to people with leukaemia and other blood disorders who need bone-marrow transplants but can’t find a compatible donor. If the findings translate into the clinic, these patients could receive lab-grown versions of their own healthy cells.

Read the article:
http://www.nature.com/news/lab-grown-blood-stem-cells-produced-at-last-1.22000

Reference:
https://www.nature.com/articles/nature22326.epdf?referrer_access_token=JSRMo_TBqp-vMJPthrPHhdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0MuZysm1VqPnMUkVzpoZemdq4Kx98-IhPDyHl9KTQ1N2SnwKC3_fA1DklX_Vv3TjXAqJwil3u11CSB4IJnuolS2slGUwnK0gzd2Kg_uZbKqjLT9SmLxgs1_0erIXAe6xhNjxFHvNZ_WtYBhxZwzYc2P3whE3ZABXf5GoWqQlwVZ2xuJb04PeMd_gDH23Bw6zw0M1x6yAa5tEaVxDh3kWltB&tracking_referrer=www.nature.com

#scitech #stemcells #research #medicine #science #innovation
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Dot Watch - Feel the time
The "Dot Watch" is a braille smartwatch for the visually impaired. It not only tells time, but can show app notifications and map directions.

Unlike most assistive smartwatches for the blind which rely on audio prompts, the Dot displays messages four braille characters at a time on its screen.
Its round face displays four cells of six balls each, and allows users to send simple replies or actions back through its two side buttons.

Article:
http://mashable.com/2017/02/22/dot-smartwatch-retails/#k7vTRrTfuaq0

Reference:
https://dotincorp.com/shop/product/dot-watch/

#scitech #research #dotsmartwatch #innovation
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Artificial intelligence can now identify skin cancer as accurately as experts
A new artificial intelligence system can spot the tell-tale signs of skin cancer just as accurately as human doctors, say researchers, and the next step is to get the tech on a smartphone, so anyone can run a self-diagnosis.

Once the system is refined further and becomes portable, it could give many more people the chance to get screened with minimal cost, and without having to wait for an appointment with a doctor to confirm the symptoms.

The Stanford University researchers behind the deep learning system say the key to its success is an algorithm that enables it to apply what it knows from its existing database of skin cancer samples to pictures it hasn't seen before.

"We made a very powerful machine learning algorithm that learns from data," says one of the team, Andre Esteva. "Instead of writing into computer code exactly what to look for, you let the algorithm figure it out."

To give the system its smarts, the researchers trained it using 129,450 close-up images of skin lesions covering more than 2,000 different diseases, providing a vast database of examples to learn from.

Next, the team borrowed an algorithm developed by Google to spot the difference between cats and dogs in images, and adapted it to tell the difference between skin marks.

They put their new device up against 21 qualified dermatologists, who were shown 376 images of skin lesions and asked to judge if they would refer the patient for further analysis, or give them the all-clear.

Across the board, the AI was able to match the success rate of the professionals.

PR:
http://news.stanford.edu/2017/01/25/artificial-intelligence-used-identify-skin-cancer/

Read the paper:
http://www.nature.com/articles/nature21056.epdf?referrer_access_token=iArkjIgvNbaGjEyPNXjMpNRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0NXpMHRAJy8Qn10ys2O4tuPQzN7VitPjMSrm-_eh79EcAEX2oqj6tpRdshSnmUQZnzqHcken8gcosiAgtIG2zaWygWU5idFzwmaMyvP1J6gg0FkMQnB8UYBzJ8jCsgAeZ5M-CGpTtxg7FoYJLFFawicKG4uEyk_z-Fs3zHvAS5bEDcmEBNuL8eMctHvxsH91VmBeeuYPjDQ42CJV9_PpB6iKVp67TmxZXz7OcoOLTZFQw%3D%3D&tracking_referrer=www.theguardian.com

Source:
http://www.sciencealert.com/ai-is-now-as-good-as-the-experts-at-spotting-skin-cancer/

#SciTech #AI #cancer #research #health #medicine #deeplearning
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What Is the Hyperloop?
In 2013, Elon Musk first made his idea of the Hyperloop public.
The Hyperloop is similar to the small vacuum tubes that can be found at banks and retail stores that are often used to move money quickly in sealed containers.

Now the concept is to make the tubes and capsules much larger in order to carry passengers and maybe even other vehicles.
Instead of using just air pressure alone to move, the Hyperloop will have similar technology to bullet trains that use magnets to propel themselves forward. The tube that the Hyperloop will travel through will have some of the air pumped out of it. This will allow the capsule to travel through much more easily without having to deal with a significant amount of air pressure.

The air that is left over in the tube will be pushed downward to create a cushion of air underneath the capsule. It works like an air hockey puck to glide effortlessly. If we take a step back, this type of travel eliminates friction everywhere. There’s very little friction due to air in the tube, and there’s almost no friction along the bottom of the capsule.

Because the Hyperloop has an extreme lack of friction means that it can move extremely quickly, and be incredibly energy efficient.
You might be wondering how quickly it can move. Well, estimates put it at 760 miles per hour (1200km/hr). That’s insanely fast, we’re talking Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes, (That's normally a 6 hour car drive, or 1 hour flight!).

Article via Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-hyperloop/

Reference:
http://m.gulfnews.com/news/uae/transport/watch-hyperloop-team-arrives-in-dubai-1.1905788

#hyperloop   #scitech   #engineering   #science  
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Engines - V in-line
Now, this is the sort of the engine that you find on sports cars like the Ferrari. When you hear sports enthusiasts go ‘ Whoa, that’s a V-12! ‘ - it just means that the engine has a V-type arrangement with 12 cylinders.

Vvvvvvvvvvvvvvummmmmm it, baby!!

#engines   #engineering   #cars   #science  
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USA Cycling gets a cognitive advantage
Since their last trip to the podium this spring, American cyclists in the Women’s Team Pursuit have been taking precious seconds off their times by training with an IBM Cloud cognitive solution.

Each team member’s anaerobic muscle capacity and wattage output is tracked in real time through sensors, along with cyclist sequencing and track locations. The program then analyzes the data to help them make game-changing pacing and switching decisions, and provides feedback to the riders’ eyewear.

It’s been one small part of USA Cycling’s performance improvement in 2016 – congrats!

Read the article:
http://www.dailydot.com/debug/usa-cycling-womens-pursuit-ibm-watson-sensors/

Solos & USA cycling - read the blog entry:
http://blog.solos-wearables.com/all-blogs/press-release-details/2016/USA-Cycling-Relying-on-High-Tech-Training-Tools-Ahead-of-Rio---ABC-News/default.aspx

#scitech   #solos   #IBM   #USAcycling   #wearables  
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