Phoghat writes: After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.
Phoghat writes: There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes right now, and even with the best practices and therapies, healthy glucose levels are hard to achieve. Now researchers say they're onto a potential treatment that can restore normal insulin activity, normalizing blood sugar levels with just one injection. So far it works without adverse side effects, at least in mice. An international team led by Michael Downes and Ronald Evans from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies investigated a promising protein called fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1). In this study, the researchers injected the protein into the bloodstream of diabetic mice and found a potent, glucose lowering effect — without weight gain, bone loss, or fatty buildup in the liver.
Phoghat writes: Using the principle of Electrowetting, Liquavista is developing a range of products based on a variety of architectures. Available in 3 distinct modes; transmissive, reflective and transflective, Liquavista’s technology is the only solution, other than LCD, which operates in all 3 modes modes, but with 2x, 3x, 4x optical performance. Liquavista’s display cell concepts allow radically brighter and more efficient flat panel displays to be built – but use today’s established manufacturing infrastructure and processes to achieve it. The combination of superior performance, lower bill of materials and compatibility with existing infrastructure makes Liquavista’s technology unique. Liquavista owns the core patents on the technology built around work done by the founding team at Philips Research. The performance of Liquavista technology makes it well suited for use in mobile applications such as e-readers, mobile phones, GPS devices, portable media players and cameras because of the ability to see displays in all lighting conditions combined with the ability to show video content at very low power. Furthermore, the scalability of the technology, being based on conventional manufacturing processes, allows for application in large display products such as laptops and tv’s in the long term. I think in the coming months, Amazon is going to challenge Apple for tablet supremacy
Phoghat writes: A new low-cost 3D printer developed by Michigan Technological University's Joshua Pearce and his team could add hammers to the list of items you can print at home. The detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer. The work is described in "A Low-Cost, Open-Source Metal 3-D Printer," to be published Nov. 25 in IEEE Access
Phoghat writes: Evan Booth hacks together working weapons--like a shotgun, a grenade, and a crossbow--with purchases anyone can make after they go through security, to show that the TSA is more spectacle than real protection. And the FBI is taking notice.
Phoghat writes: IF you get enough batteries entangled, you become so arbitrarily close to the thermodynamic limit that you can consider the energy exchange ‘almost perfect’ (because, you can’t have a perfect energy exchange without violating thermodynamics). There are flaws though: no one knows how to build such a battery using current technology. Another is that even if there were a way, the practicalities of building a real battery would likely introduce inefficiencies into the system, removing its perfection.
Phoghat writes: The guys at Glassdoor have compiled a list of the 25 tech companies with the best salaries for software engineers. Google and Facebook made the list, of course. So did Apple and Twitter. But the company at the very top is a bit of a surprise: networking gear maker Juniper Networks.
Phoghat writes: I'm of a "certain age" and as a child grew up watching shows like "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger and others popular at the dawn of the space age. They always showed rocket ships sitting on ther tails and blasting off, and landing, straight up. The shuttle went up that way but had to land like a plane, and anything else was considered impossible or impractical. Now, the Space X rocket Grasshopper can not only do that, but has demonstrated sideways flight also.
Phoghat writes: Paul Elio has purchased a factory in Tennessee and will be producing the Elio three wheeled vehicle. Production is starting up, and the first cars will be on sale in Summer of 2014. The retail price is set at $6,800, the lowest priced car in the United States. It is reported to get 84 mpg, and will have an 8 gallon tank ( for a range of about 670 miles per tank, and have a top speed of over 100 mph. It seats 2, in a tandem arrangement, and will have space for groceries. Currently classed as a motorcycle, as it has 3 wheels in a pollywog arrangement, it will probably not require helmet use, because it is fully enclosed.
Phoghat writes: “We are here,” writes the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, “because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because comets struck the earth and wiped out dinosaurs, thereby giving mammals a chance not otherwise available.” Vonnegut’s son, the physician Mark Vonnegut, takes a more ethical slant, emphasizing our emotional and physical interconnectedness. “We are here to help each other get through this thing.” The poet W. H. Auden is only superficially similar: “We were put here on earth to help others. I’m not sure what others were put here for.”
Phoghat writes: "23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California that provides rapid genetic testing. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. Their personal genome test kit was named "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008. The test originally cost $1,000 back in 2007, now only $99. Find out what percentage Neanderthal you are !"
Phoghat writes: "A top defense and cybersecurity expert says the U.S. should stop trying to take aim at expert hackers and start doing a better job of recruiting them. "Let's just say that in some places you find guys with body piercings and nonregulation haircuts," U.S. Naval Postgraduate School professor John Arquilla , "But most of these sorts of guys can't be vetted in the traditional way. We need a new institutional culture that allows us to reach out to them.""
Phoghat writes: "Could mirror universes or parallel worlds account for dark matter — the ‘missing’ matter in the Universe? In what seems to be mixing of science and science fiction, a new paper by a team of theoretical physicists hypothesizes the existence of mirror particles as a possible candidate for dark matter. An anomaly observed in the behavior of ordinary particles that appear to oscillate in and out of existence could be from a “hypothetical parallel world consisting of mirror particles,” says a press release from Springer. “Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other.”"
Phoghat writes: "Boulder, Colo. — Nov. 10, 2011 — Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters."