Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Miracle molecule called 'Singheart' helps heart cells self-repair so the effects of cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death worldwide - could be 'banished forever'



New research has discovered a potential means to trigger damaged heart cells to self-heal. The discovery could lead to groundbreaking forms of treatment for heart diseases.

 For the first time, researchers have identified a long non-coding ribonucleic acid (ncRNA) that regulates genes controlling the ability of heart cells to undergo repair or regeneration. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Scientists are feeding silkworms GRAPHENE to make them produce strong and flexible materials that can also conduct electricity


From smart socks to workout clothes that measure exertion, wearable body sensors are becoming the latest “must-have” technology.

 Now scientists report they are on the cusp of using silk, one of the world’s most coveted fabrics, to develop a more sensitive and flexible generation of these multi-purpose devices that monitor a slew of body functions in real time.

The silk produced could be used to build more realistic robots that can sense touch, temperature or humidity and even distinguish between people's voices.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy


Buildings have a lot of surface area that's exposed to sunlight, so why just stop at rooftop solar panels? We've already seen solar energy-harvesting windows, and of course Tesla's solar roof. Thanks to research being carried out at the University of Exeter, we may soon also have the option of replacing opaque exterior walls with solar glass blocks.

Friday, August 18, 2017

robots with the ability to heal themselves move one step closer thanks to a synthetic 'skin' that can repair ANY damage


Along with super-human strength and the ability to look great in chrome, robots can now add another talent to their box of tricks self-healing.

 Roboticists have long aimed to use soft flexible materials, but these have a propensity to break making them unfit for purpose. A new technique can create soft robots that heal themselves when things go wrong.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Microsoft Research takes inspiration from nature for its latest AI-powered initiative


Microsoft is working on an autonomous aircraft that can fly for long periods of time without any power.

Rather than a motor, the glider relies on artificial intelligence that mimics how birds fly, autonomously finding thermals, or invisible columns of air that rise due to heat, to carry it for long distances.

A recent test of the 16.5-foot aircraft - called a sailplane - conducted in the middle of the desert in Hawthorne, Nevada proved successful - the algorithms researchers developed to help it predict where thermals would appear next worked and kept it aloft.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seafood for everyone


With a growing population, the world is looking more and more to the ocean as a source of food. But wild stocks of fish and other seafoods are being overexploited in many areas. Now, a study from UCLA suggests that if fish farming can be moved offshore, then an area of sea the size of Lake Michigan (0.025 percent of the ocean's surface), could meet the global demand for fish and allow wild stock to recover.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scientists discover new cells produced in the area of the brain responsible for processing emotional memories


Scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in an area of adult brain called the amygdala for the first time.

This brain region is crucial for the processing of emotional memories, and until now, it was though that new cells were not produced there.

Researchers hope their findings could lead to new treatments for mental conditions, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Incredible Self-Folding Robots Work Without Batteries or Wires


Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. 
Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flexible batteries that can be printed directly onto FABRIC could soon make for high-tech military clothing and 'wearable computers'


Researchers have created technology that overcomes one of the biggest hurdles related to wearables - how to power them.

In an effort to eliminate the need for cumbersome battery packs that limit the shape and size of wearables, researchers have created flexible battery-like devices that can be printed directly on to textiles.

Using a simple screen-printing technique, they have been able to make cotton into a wearable itself.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Groundbreaking screening tool is the first to map 'junk DNA' for mystery gene mutations that cause cancer, diabetes, and dementia - and experts say it could 'revolutionize medicine'


A new screening tool that maps 'junk DNA' for mutations that cause cancer, diabetes and dementia could revolutionize medicine, experts claim. 

The tool, developed by Columbia University, explores the 98 percent of the human genome often referred to as biological 'dark matter' - because it's as mysterious as space. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Groundbreaking skin patch the size of a penny can regrow organs, restore brain function, and heal wounds by injecting genetic code into the damaged area


A groundbreaking new skin patch can heal wounds and even regrow damaged organs within days, clinical trials reveal. 

The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), uses a nanochip the size of a penny, which is placed on the skin for a second and then removed.
In that time, the chip injects genetic code into skin cells, turning them into any type of cell needed to restore wounded blood vessels.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Self driving WHEELCHAIRS begin trials in Tokyo to ferry passengers around airports during the 2020 Olympic Games


Air travelers with disabilities will have a much easier time navigating one of Japan's main airports, thanks to new smart wheel chairs.

Haneda Airport outside Tokyo is beginning tests of the WHILL NEXT, an app-controlled  self-driving wheel chair that can take users around the airport and even bring their luggage in a separate wireless vehicle behind them. 

It is hoped the system will be in place, alongside new smart billboards and navigation apps, in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The incredible 'dragonfly bridge' concept that folds up and sails the river to set up in new locations


An incredible footbridge concept that resembles a robotic dragonfly could one day be used by pedestrians in Inner Mongolia.

The futuristic concept is the vision of London-based architect Margot Krasojevic, who is known for her experimental and cutting edge designs.

Her latest ambitious creation would have the ability to fold up for transport, as well as to adapt itself to its surroundings.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Technology behind the collision-free cars of the future


Sensors, automatic braking systems, and self-driving vehicles are all part of the plan to make our roads collision-free by 2030.
Honda’s General Manager for customer and communication Scott McGregor realises that 2030 is only, really, a few years away, but believes it’s time enough to achieve the company’s global vision.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Microsoft is testing 'eye control' feature


Microsoft is testing a futuristic feature that will allow users to control their computers using only their eyes. 
The program - which is in beta - makes it possible to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech using just users' eyes.
Windows 10 users with the compatible eye-tracking device already on their computer can try out the feature.