New Breakthrough for Type1 Diabetics

Implanted insulin-producing beta cells (purple) are encapsulated in a device that protects them from destruction by the immune cells, allowing them to regulate a diabetic patient's blood sugar levels
Implanted insulin-producing beta cells (purple) are encapsulated in a device that protects them from destruction by the immune cells, allowing them to regulate a diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers have found a way to maintain insulin levels in diabetic mice by growing and implanting new beta cells that produce the hormone. These cells are housed inside a tiny device that protects them from the animal’s immune system, like a shark cage. read more

New Sniffer Highly Accurate in Detecting Cancer

A new electronic nose device can sniff out cancer with high accuracy
A new electronic nose device can sniff out cancer with high accuracy

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an electronic nose (or e-nose) that may be able to sniff out signs of cancer from blood plasma samples. In tests, the device was able to detect a range of cancer types with over 90 percent accuracy. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Space Cargo Drops – The Ultimate Quick Response

spacex rocket cargo
SpaceX/Flickr
  • The U.S. Air Force wants $47.9 million to support its Rocket Cargo concept.
  • Rocket Cargo calls for a 100-ton rocket capable of airdropping cargo virtually anywhere in the world within minutes.
  • This system would use an existing space rocket, modified to suit the service’s needs.

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Next-Gen Lithium Batteries

Scientists hope to leverage pure lithium metal to make next-gen batteries, and an advance from scientists in South Korea marks another step forward
Scientists hope to leverage pure lithium metal to make next-gen batteries, and an advance from scientists in South Korea marks another step forward

Scientists in South Korea have made a breakthrough in battery research that could help us bust through a key bottleneck in energy storage. The team’s advance overcomes a technical issue that has held back highly promising lithium-metal battery architecture and could pave the way for batteries with as much as 10 times the capacity of today’s devices. read more

Much Simpler Bicycle Navigation

The Beeline Velo 2 is currently on Kickstarter
The Beeline Velo 2 is currently on Kickstarter
Beeline

While many cyclists use apps such as Google Maps to navigate city streets, glancing down at that cluttered map display can be confusing. The Beeline Velo 2, however, is designed to keep things simple and easy to read. read more

How to Improve on the World’s Fastest Car

SSC looked to aircraft for inspiration, and despite the added downforce, the Striker and Aggressor look like they could launch into the skies at any moment
SSC looked to aircraft for inspiration, and despite the added downforce, the Striker and Aggressor look like they could launch into the skies at any moment
SSC

The SSC Tuatara was the world’s fastest car by a long shot. Then it wasn’t. Then it was again … by a much skinnier margin. Now SSC is taking a break from the screaming straightaways in a bid to prove that the world’s fastest car is more than a runway rocket. It’s launched two new Tuatara editions tuned specially for the twists and turns of the track. The Striker and Aggressor add serious aerodynamics to the Tuatara’s mass of twin-turbo V8 power, boosting downforce and track handling. read more

Japan’s Monsoon Greenhouse

Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Panasonic

Panasonic is involved in a project on the island of Ishigaki, southwest of Okinawa, to seek ways to grow vegetables in subtropical monsoon conditions. Part of the Japanese government’s Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System (PFS) Consortium, the goal is to create a stable local supply of produce despite the climate. read more

See-Through Solar Cells

A new electrode could help pave the way for efficient transparent solar cells that could be used as windows
A new electrode could help pave the way for efficient transparent solar cells that could be used as windows

With a view to one day developing transparent solar cells that can double as windows in homes and other buildings, an international team of scientists has demonstrated a new type of transparent electrode that can function as a key building block. The breakthrough overcomes some performance issues with previous efforts in this area, and lays the groundwork for advanced tandem solar cells that combine the strengths of two separate but complimentary technologies.

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Is This Computer Chip Unhackable?

Trying to hack the "unhackable" Morpheus system is described as like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube that is constantly being rearranged
Trying to hack the “unhackable” Morpheus system is described as like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that is constantly being rearranged

Engineers have designed a computer processor that thwarts hackers by randomly changing its microarchitecture every few milliseconds. Known as Morpheus, the puzzling processor has now aced its first major tests, repelling hundreds of professional hackers in a DARPA security challenge. read more

Glowing Algae Helps with Vision Loss

Using a light-sensing protein found in glowing algae, scientists have shown how vision can be partially restored in a patient suffering from common vision loss
Using a light-sensing protein found in glowing algae, scientists have shown how vision can be partially restored in a patient suffering from common vision loss

In a major breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have partially restored vision in a blind man using an emerging technique called optogenetics. The approach involved injecting the patient’s eye with genes that code for light-sensitive proteins found in green algae, and represents the first successful clinical application of the technology, which enabled the patient to locate and identify objects for the first time in decades.

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