Diamonds is the strongest naturally occurring material on Earth.It is also renowned for its incomparable properties, such as high stiffness, exceptional thermal conductivity, high chemical resistance, and high optical transparency.Although these remarkable properties of diamond make it highly desirable for many scientific and technological applications, progress has been slow due to its brittleness.A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has unveiled that brittle diamonds can be bent and stretched elastically when made into ultrafine needles.This breakthrough has been jointly conducted by Distinguished Professor Feng Ding's team from the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) at UNIST, in collaboration with an international team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), City University of Hong Kong, and Nanyang Technological University.The team demonstrated that their nanoscale diamond needles could flex and stretch by as much as nine percent without breaking, then return to their original shape.
Atlas Shrugged may be the name of Ayn Rand’s veritable doorstop of a novel, but no-one is shrugging indifferently when it comes to Boston Dynamic’s amazing Atlas robot.For the past five years, Atlas has lived up to Gary Bradski’s 2013 statement that “a new species, Robo sapiens, [is] emerging.”Designed to carry out missions like search and rescue — and far, far more — the bipedal robot has remained on the front line of cutting edge robotics since its unveiling.Here are 7 of its most notable milestones:Standing 6-foot-2-inches and tipping the scale at 330 pounds, the first-gen Atlas makes its public debut in mid-2013.
A new study, affiliated with UNIST has recently presented a novel statistical algorithm, capable of identifying potential disease genes in a more accurate and cost-effective way.This algorithm has also been considered as a new promising approach for the identification of candidate disease genes, as it works effectively with less genomic data and takes only a minute or two to get results.This breakthrough has been conducted by Professor Dougu Nam and his research team in the School of Life Sciences at UNIST.In the study, the research team presented the novel method and software GSA-SNP2 for pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS P-value data.According to the research team, GSA-SNP2 provides high power, decent type I error control and fast computation by incorporating the random set model and SNP-count adjusted gene score."With this algorithm, we can easily identify new drug targets, thereby deepening our understanding of diseases and unlock new therapies to treat it."
However, one of the most original and striking treatments of the subject is the novel Singularity’s Ring by Paul Melko, which features pods of genetically-engineered humans who can communicate by scent.“They produce chemical memories, and then actually physically touch each other’s hands, and pass the memories to one another,” Melko says in Episode 310 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.He got the idea when he was invited to write a piece for the anthology Live Without a Net, a collection of science fiction stories in which the internet does not exist.He immediately started dreaming up biological alternatives to information technology.“Instead of an internet they have a network between themselves.”As an engineer, it was important to Melko not to rely on dubious concepts like ESP, hence the idea of characters who communicate through chemical signals and pheromones.
You can trust the French, masters of wine that they are, to find amazing innovations involving grapes.That is what a team of researchers at the University of Clermont Auvergne have done with research which seeks ways to transform the waste grape skins, stems, and seeds left behind during wine production into more durable plastics.“In France, doctors recommend drinking a glass of wine per day because it is rich in antioxidants,” researcher Audrey Diouf-Lewis told Digital Trends.“The wine industry transform 25 percent of the raw grapes into residue composed by seeds, grape marc, and lees, which are also rich in the same polyphenols.Thus we studied the potential of these molecules as novel biobased stabilizers for polymers.”In the human body, polyphenols play an important role in preventing or reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 24, 2018) - Videos and creative uses of other visuals provide a novel way to obtain informed consent during clinical trials to improve participants' understanding and retention of trial information, according to a study by Nemours Children's Health System presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Annual Conference.With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Nemours piloted a new clinical trial design to streamline and reduce the time demands and cost of clinical research with the use of technology through a step-by-step video to achieve informed consent, telemedicine appointments, online symptom diaries, and electronic fund transfers for trial compensation."Right now, 80 percent of clinical trials are delayed because too few people sign up to participate.Nemours is investigating how we can improve recruitment and participation in research," said Kathryn Blake, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, director of Nemours' Center for Pharmacogenomics and Translational Research and the lead researcher of the study."As a part of this project, we looked at new ways to obtain informed consent, by utilizing a 15-minute video that incorporates eLearning principles for a more visually engaging way for participants of all literacy and health literacy levels to digest the information."In the study, researchers compared participants (children and their parents) who watched a 15-minute video presentation with accompanying tabs that viewers could click for more information, as well as multiple-choice questions to reaffirm what they learned, to participants who read through a traditional 13-page consent document.
For decades doctors have been trying to decode the dark, slimy terrains of the GI tract—probing both ends with cameras and scopes and liters of oral contrast liquid.But researchers are cooking up novel sensing technologies to detect a much broader range of medical molecules.Like say, cramming millions of genetically engineered glowing bacteria inside a AAA-battery-sized capsule to diagnose stomach bleeds—as demonstrated by scientists in Timothy Lu’s lab at MIT, in a study published Thursday in Science.Take Lactococcus lactis, a friendly little microbe that helps turn milk into cheese.So the little buggers have a system to sense how much there is, complete with genetic switches to change up their metabolism.Lu’s team took L. lactis’s on-switch DNA, coupled it with some code for bacterial bioluminescence, and stuck the whole genetic circuit inside a gut-friendly strain of E. coli commonly sold as a probiotic.
Tesla's Elon Musk and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg each aim to create the world's first brain-computer interface — devices that put the functionality of a laptop in your head.Their clandestine projects, known as Neuralink and Building 8, respectively, focus on approaches that will require brain surgery, according to researchers familiar with their efforts.Nuro CEO and founder Francois Gand envisions the system for use first in a hospital or intensive-care setting.A black and teal screen is divided into tiles with icons and pre-written messages displaying basic commands like “I need water” or “I’m feeling cold."Nuos users could even use that technique to type custom messages using a keyboard on the screen.The authors of a 2018 paper published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience called the use of EEGs for people with disabilities "a novel approach of the 21st century."
Vibease, a Singapore Founder Institute Graduate, has garnered attention recently for its building of a “Siri for Sex”, as featured in a TechinAsia article.Vibease currently sells a wearable vibrator which works together with an app where users can download and listen to audio fantasies.Like an erotic romance novel, the vibrator adjusts its rhythm in conjunction with the plot.According to co-founder Dema Tio, “We want to make it as close as possible to real intimacy,” he says, pointing out the device can be used hands-free.“She can close her eyes, listen to a story, and that’s it.”Vibease aims to make the use of sex toys more mainstream, especially in Asia where attitudes have not shifted much on the purchase of such gadgets.
The real-life espionage roots of the world's most famous fictional spy are revealed in a new exhibition exploring James Bond 007's origins in the wartime work of his creator, Ian Fleming.Fleming created Bond in 1953 and the deadly spy's adventures have been entertaining us in print and on film ever since.But Bond's history goes back to Fleming's own experience as an intelligence officer during World War II.Fleming visited the then-secret but now legendary codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and other scientists and engineers laid the groundwork for modern computing with their pioneering cryptography work.The new exhibition Bond at Bletchley Park: Illustrations and Inspirations includes artworks from emerging artists inspired by specific scenes, themes or characters from Fleming's James Bond novels -- such as an awkward breakfast shared between Bond and Pussy Galore, inspired by the recent 007 novel Trigger Mortis and visualised by artist Alan Fears.The exhibition opens on 25 May, ahead of the release of Forever and a Day, a new Bond prequel novel by Trigger Mortis author Anthony Horowitz.
Two years ago, Disney rebooted its own beloved take on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic novel with a CG-strewn re-imagining of its classic (and significantly lighter) animated adaptation.But now another adaptation of Kipling’s story is on the way, with a much different, and altogether darker, take on the laws of the jungle.Directed by Andy Serkis — fresh off appearances both with and without layers of CG effects over him in the likes of War for the Planet of the Apes, Black Panther, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the long-in-the-works Mowgli puts a greater focus on the life of the titular hero (played by Rohan Chand), exploring his place torn between human society and the animals that raised him.There’s no bear necessities here — this is definitely a much moodier take on Kipling’s work than Disney’s classic.And even as tired as “dark takes on familiar stories” is as a trend, there’s still a lot of intrigue in how Mowgli will play out from a technical perspective, given Serkis’ own history with mocap acting and the impressive cast he’s assembled to inhabit the creatures of Kipling’s jungle (Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Christian Bale star, just to name a few).If the trailer’s anything to go by, at least that will lead to some visual treats when Mowgli hits theaters October 19.
Over the course of an hour, Zuckerberg did face sharp inquiries about each of those subjects.But the format of the hearing allowed him only a few minutes to answer dozens of intricate questions.The result, for anyone who has been paying attention to the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, was a strong sense of déjà vu.Nearly all posts promoting al-Qaeda and ISIS are removed automatically through systems powered by machine learning.It was an anticlimactic response to a thundering volley of questions from the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who had clearly watched Zuckerberg’s appearances on Capitol Hill and sought to drill deeper on some of the more pressing questions about the company.Guy Verhofstadt, who may have been the sternest questioner Zuckerberg faced today, compared the CEO to a character from Dave Eggers’ satirical Silicon Valley novel The Circle and suggested that Zuckerberg compared unfavorably to predecessors like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
This is to develop a synthetic yeast strain that can be transformed on demand, making it particularly attractive for industrial biotechnology applications, such as the mass production of advanced medicines to treat illnesses such as Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB).Led by Professor Patrick Cai at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, in collaboration with Prof. Junbiao Dai from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, two back-to-back papers are being published in Nature Communications on May 22nd, 2018.The researchers have developed a "rapid, efficient and universal" way of transforming the yeast at a molecular level using a method called SCRaMbLE (Synthetic Chromosome Rearrangement and Modification by LoxP-mediated Evolution).This system allows researchers to "reshuffle the deck of cards" for the genome, and customize new yeast strains which can on-demand recombine with each other to generate novel genome combinations which have not been found in nature before.Yeast is a very well understood organism and in a biological sense humans and yeast share a number of similarities in their genetic makeup.By re-building the yeast genome from the ground up helps us to better understand the basis of human life.
Damon Lindelof revealed the first details about the plot of HBO's "Watchmen" TV series in a letter to fans on Tuesday.Lindelof said that the series will be an original "contemporary" story with "unknown" characters."Watchmen" is one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time."Watchmen" is a 1986 limited comic book series that has since been collected into a graphic novel.It follows a group of masked antiheroes in the aftermath of one of them being murdered, and how their presence changes the course of history — including the outcome of the Vietnam War.It is one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time and is considered by many, including its writer Alan Moore, to be unfilmable.
A metabolic research group at KAIST and Chung-Ang University in Korea has developed a recombinant E. coli strain that biosynthesizes 60 different nanomaterials covering 35 elements on the periodic table.The study analyzed the nanomaterial biosynthesis conditions using a Pourbaix diagram to predict the producibility and crystallinity.Researchers studied a Pourbaix diagram to predict the stable chemical species of each element for nanomaterial biosynthesis at varying levels of reduction potential (Eh) and pH.Based on the Pourbaix diagram analyses, the initial pH of the reaction was changed from 6.5 to 7.5, resulting in the biosynthesis of various crystalline nanomaterials that were previously amorphous or not synthesized.Various single and multi-element nanomaterials biosynthesized in this research can potentially serve as new and novel nanomaterials for industrial applications such as catalysts, chemical sensors, biosensors, bioimaging, drug delivery, and cancer therapy.A research group consisting of PhD candidate Yoojin Choi, Associate Professor Doh Chang Lee, and Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST and Associate Professor Tae Jung Park of the Department of Chemistry at Chung-Ang University reported the synthesis.
Scientists have found a new way of joining groups of atoms together into shape-changing molecules - opening up the possibility of a new area of chemistry and the development of countless new drugs, microelectronics and materials with novel characteristics.Discoveries of new ways to make isomers - molecules made of the same atoms connected together differently - were last reported in 1961 and before then in 1914.The discovery of another form of isomerism means a whole new range of materials could be prepared, either with the same functions as existing one, or with properties currently out of reach.As well as new types of drugs, other potential real-world applications include new materials that can be manipulated to be "switched on or off", polymers with special performance characteristics and possibly new molecular information storage devices.The paper was led by University of Sydney PhD candidate Peter Canfield, working closely with his supervisors Professor Maxwell Crossley, a synthetic organic chemist at the University of Sydney, and Professor Jeffrey Reimers, a theoretical chemist from The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Shanghai University.Mr Canfield, who is undertaking his PhD in Sydney's School of Chemistry, said he was excited by the possibilities of what might be achieved stemming from the findings and the team was pursuing commercial applications.
Most of us can't live like a billionaire, but nothing's stopping us from reading like one.Bill Gates on Monday published his annual summer reading list on his GatesNotes blog, mixing four nonfiction works with one acclaimed novel.The lone novel is George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo (in Tibetan Buddhism, "bardo" is a state of existence between death and rebirth).President Abraham Lincoln visits the Washington DC grave of his young son Willie, and more than 160 ghosts visit the grave that night, trying to convince Willie's spirit to move on."I got new insight into the way Lincoln must have been crushed by the weight of both grief and responsibility," Gates writes.Gates also recommends Kate Bowler's memoir Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved, about the divinity professor's search for answers about her stage 4 colon cancer.
Project FLASC (Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression) is a novel and leading edge energy storage technology concept.The FLASC prototype consists of a dual-vessel compressed air energy storage system.This Tension Leg Platform (TLP) design is a world first as far as an offshore renewable energy TLP with an integrated energy storage device is concerned.Pressurised seawater and compressed air can be used to store energy generated by offshore renewable technologies such as large floating wind turbines, solar PV, wave and tidal energy systems, along with applications for the liquefaction of natural gas, water injection in oil wells and water desalination.On this prototype, the upper structure hosts a renewable energy charging system consisting of solar photovoltaic modules and other ancillaries, including a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.The FLASC prototype has been deployed in Dockyard Creek in Malta's Grand Harbour, where it will be operated in order to monitor and validate the system's thermodynamic performance and to project future full-scale implementation methodologies.
VaynerMedia has announced the hiring of Aaron Kovan, former executive vice president and head of integrated production at McCann Worldgroup, as its first-ever chief production officer.Kovan left his post after four years in charge of McCann’s m:united production practice, and had spent time in production roles at GSD and Crispin Porter and Bogusky.As VaynerMedia’s chief production officer, Aaron has oversight over production there, as well as its studio, VaynerProductions.Vayner’s new production head said the ability to learn best practices and to ‘disrupt’ from his past agencies have fueled his mindset going into his new role.I’ve worked with those types of people my whole career, and I like to be surrounded by good work.”When asked what defines standout work, in an industry that has relied on premium social and mobile content as much as television and print, Kovan said it takes a mix of production, novel use of emerging platforms, tech and storytelling.
Get Out, one of the best films of last year (and absolutely one of our favourites), has another award to add to its long list: a Nebula.The Nebula Awards, a yearly recognition of the best works of science fiction and fantasy released in the United States, released its latest slate of winners today.Among creators like NK Jemisin (who won best novel for The Stone Sky) and The Last Unicorn author Peter S. Beagle (who won a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award), Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, took home the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.This is a big win for Peele: the Nebulas are some of the most prestigious awards in genre fiction, awarded each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.With this victory, Peele joins the likes of Joe H aldeman, Isaac Asimov, and Ursula K. Le Guin as one of the most influential creators working in the field.