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A stroke of genius 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: Brain, Stroke, UCLA - Engineers from UCLA and Duke University have created an advanced bioengineered gel that successfully regenerates neurons and produces new blood vessels after a stroke. Published in Nature Materials, the research showed that in mice with stroke-damaged brains, the delivery of this biomaterial was able to enter the stroke cavity and promote the formation of fully ... Read more
Gravitational fluctuations   25 May, 2018 Tagged under: Earth, GRACE-FO, Gravity, NASA - NASA launched two new satellites from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday. The twin satellites, collectively named “Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On” (GRACE-FO), will continue collecting data about the Earth’s gravitational pull, just as its forerunners (the original GRACE satellites) did. Why is information about the Earth’s gravitational field useful? Precise ... Read more
Australian student wins International Science & Engineering Fair 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: Australia, drone, ISEF, STEM - HSC student Oliver Nicholls has taken home the top prize and $100,000 as winner of the Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh last Friday. How? Nicholls, now 19 years old, designed and built an autonomous window cleaning robot for medium-rise commercial buildings, reducing the need for ... Read more
Police deploy facial recognition technology 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: amazon, china, Rekognition - Amazon Web Services has been pitching its facial recognition technology, Rekognition, to US police departments since the inception of the service in late 2016. Amazon markets the service as a way for police to track and catch criminals. This week the debate heated up as civil rights groups protested the use of Rekognition. In their ... Read more
Utilising VR to train autonomous drones 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: drones, MIT - Autonomous drones have a wide range of applications, however their development can waste a lot of money and resources. Machine learning involves crash-prone exercises which require continual repair and expensive replacement of drones. Researchers from MIT have developed a virtual-reality testing ground for drones which may mitigate crash risks. The program known as ‘Flight Goggles’ ... Read more
Britain unveils space program plan 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: EU, Galileo, uk - The UK may soon lose access to the Galileo space project, a joint venture between the nations of the EU trade bloc, despite being their largest spender. Galileo is the satellite navigation system which was first launched in 2003 to reduce Europe’s reliance on the GPS technology developed by the US military. Non-EU states are ... Read more
Clever biosensor detects malaria infection 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: California, malaria, Mosquito - Malaria affects 200 million and kills half a million people each, especially children in tropical climates with high mosquito populations. Although existing treatments are highly effective, rapid and low-cost diagnostic methods are needed for developing countries. Exploiting the magnetic properties of a crystal formed in blood infected by malaria, biomedical engineers in California have demonstrated ... Read more
New evidence suggests CFCs are being used illegally 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: CFC, Ozone - Outlawed internationally in 1987, chlorofluorocarbons are a class of chemicals responsible for catastrophic depletion of ozone in the atmosphere, yet new atmospheric measurements reveal the compounds may still be in use. Scientists in the USA state that the decrease in the atmospheric concentration of CFC-11, the main anthropogenic CFC, is flatlining prematurely, indicating new production ... Read more
Solar panel converts raindrops to power 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: Rain, solar, TENG - Rainy weather does not spoil this new hybrid solar panel. Materials researchers at Soochow University in China have successfully demonstrated the generation of energy from raindrops running down an inclined solar panel face. The researchers created hybrid solar cells incorporating a triboelectric nanogenerator (“TENG”) which essentially converts mechanical energy into electricity. “Our device can always ... Read more
“Video games aren’t a waste of time!” 25 May, 2018 Tagged under: Eyewire, ganglion, Neurons, Princeton - With the help of video game players, Princeton researchers have created and shared detailed maps of more than 1,000 neurons. “Eyewire” is the game which pairs machine learning with gamers who trace the twisting and branching paths of a 3D rendering of neurons. Since Eyewire’s launch in 2012, more than 265,000 people have collectively colored ... Read more