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Graphene Coating Self-Heals Metal

The technology could be used to help keep structures such as bridges from corroding
The technology could be used to help keep structures such as bridges from corroding (Credit:Christin_Lola/Depositphotos)

Corrosion in metals can lead to the structural fatigue or failure of bridges, pipelines, and plane fuselages. Anti-corrosion coatings help prevent this, but they become ineffective when pierced, cracked, or scratched away. Researchers at Northwestern University have now developed a self-healing coating that can patch up its imperfections in a matter of seconds. read more

U.S. Rolls New Low Yield Nuke

USS Nebraska Successfully Tests Trident II D5 Missile

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RONALD GUTRIDGE/RELEASED

The Trump Administration is racing to field a new nuclear weapon designed to counter Russia and enhance nuclear deterrence.

The W-76-2 warhead will be delivered to the U.S. Navy for deployment on ballistic missile submarines in late 2019. Proponents claim the new warhead will enable the U.S. to respond to Russian nuclear weapons proportionately, but critics claim the W-76-2 is just another nuclear weapon and similarly dangerous. read more

World’s Largest Oil/Gas Field Found

Some 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion...
Some 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are estimated to be underTexas and New Mexico(Credit:bluebay2014/Depositphotos)

As the United States becomes a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years, the US Department of the Interior has announced the discovery of the largest continuous oil and gas field ever found. Situated in the Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in Texas and the Permian Basin in New Mexico, the new resource is estimated to contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cu ft of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids worth trillions of dollars. read more

Super-Strong Metallic Wood

A microscopic sample of the researchers’ "metallic wood"
A microscopic sample of the researchers’ “metallic wood”(Credit: University of Pennsylvania)

A new technique has been used to turn ordinary metals into “metallic wood” with a greatly improved strength-to-weight ratio. By manipulating materials at the atomic scale, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the University of Cambridge claim to have created a sheet of nickel that is as strong as titanium, but up to five times lighter. read more

Robot Parking Valet

These cute valet parking robots make travel more convenient while making more efficient use of parking...
These cute valet parking robots make travel more convenient while making more efficient use of parking space. They’re coming to Gatwick airport this August.(Credit: Stanley Robotics)

Airport parking sucks, but a little French robot parking valet wants to make it better for everyone. After successful trials in Paris and Lyon, the Stan autonomous parking system is on its way to Gatwick, London – and it looks like a terrific idea. read more

SoundEnergy’s Thermoacoustic Cooling System

SoundEnergy's THEARC-25 thermoacoustic cooling system is claimed to take heat and turn it into sound, before...
SoundEnergy’s THEARC-25 thermoacoustic cooling system is claimed to take heat and turn it into sound, before then turning that sound into cold – all without moving parts, and without any additional energy required(Credit: SoundEnergy)

Beginning with the principles of the Stirling engine, SoundEnergy’s THEAC thermal acoustic engine takes heat – either industrial waste heat or solar heat – and turns it into powerful cooling without requiring any other power source. This completely renewable technology could prove highly disruptive. read more

New Bioimaging Scanner Gives Full Color X-Rays

Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human...
Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human body(Credit: Mars Bioimaging)

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems.
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A Cure for All Cancers?

from the Jerusalem Post:

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one

Cancer cells [illustrative]

Cancer cells [illustrative]. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets. read more

Peering Through the Fog of a Supermassive Black Hole

An artist's rendition of a supermassive black hole, such as the one at the center of...
An artist’s rendition of a supermassive black hole, such as the one at the center of the Milky Way(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Studying black holes is a tricky business, but not always because they’re so dim – to the contrary, in some cases it’s hard to see through the bright cloud of hot gas that surrounds them. Now, a team of astronomers has used a global array of telescopes to peer through that fog and capture some of the clearest radio images yet of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. And it may indicate that the object just happens to be pointing directly at Earth. read more

GM E.Coli May Help Liver and Bowel Disease

Genetically modified bacteria could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut.

Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a common strain of bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body.

High levels of the chemical can be fatal for people with liver damage and rare genetic disorders.

The genetically modified bacteria created by Synlogic, a firm co-founded by MIT, could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut. Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a a common strain of e.coli bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body. Stock image shown.