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Fri, 24 May 2019 05:15:15 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Science, Rich Haridy

Two new studies are suggesting neuroscientists may be able to suppress, or even completely erase, traumatic ...

Science fiction has long traded in the idea of memory manipulation. From mass memory editing in Dark City to the more precise memory-wiping of the neuralyzer in Men In Black, there are scores of imaginative stories set in worlds where humans can directly alter a person's memory. Two remarkable new studies are suggesting this sci-fi concept may be entirely possible, describing early proof-of-concept experiments that show how we can enhance or weaken the emotional impact of traumatic memories.

.. Continue Reading The incredible science exploring how to edit our memories

Category: Science

Fri, 24 May 2019 04:47:35 +0000 | David Szondy
Medical, David Szondy

A new technique preserves vaccines at temperatures up to 40° C, making transport easier and cheaper

In an effort to make vaccines more available to people in difficult to reach areas, a team of scientists at McMaster University has developed an inexpensive, sugary gel that can preserve heat-fragile antiviral vaccines for over eight weeks at temperatures up to 40° C (104° F). The hope is that it will not only provide immunization to more people, but also aid in combating the spread of dangerous diseases like Ebola.

.. Continue Reading Sugary gel allows vaccines to be transported where refrigeration is lacking

Category: Medical

Fri, 24 May 2019 03:04:27 +0000 | David Szondy
Military, David Szondy

A B-52 Stratofortress, nicknamed "Wise Guy," makes its final approach to Barksdale Air Force Base, La

A retired Cold War US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber has been rescued from an Arizona boneyard where it has sat since 2008, and is being returned to active duty. Nicknamed "Wise Guy," it has been made flightworthy and flew from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, on May 14, 2019, where it will be completely restored.

.. Continue Reading Scrapped B-52 bomber to return to service after rescue from the boneyard

Category: Military

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:25:52 +0000 | Loz Blain
Computers, Loz Blain

Mona Lisa comes to life thanks to Samsung's generative adversarial networks research

Using the latest trend in artificial intelligence – adversarial learning – Samsung's AI Center in Moscow has demonstrated that it can take a single image of a person and turn it into a talking head. And if watching the Mona Lisa come to life doesn't send chills down your spine, you need to check your pulse.

.. Continue Reading Samsung AI brings the Mona Lisa (or any other picture) to life

Category: Computers

Fri, 24 May 2019 01:45:52 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Biology, Rich Haridy

It is hypothesized that about 10 million years ago we evolved the ability to safely eat ...

For thousand of years humans have been using fermentation as a way of preserving foods and engendering good gut health. A fascinating new study from scientists at the University of Leipzig has discovered that a specific immune function receptor, uniquely evolved in humans and great apes, is triggered by a metabolite from lactic acid bacteria (LAB) found in fermented foods.

.. Continue Reading Fascinating study uncovers how we evolved to benefit from eating fermented food

Category: Biology

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:49:21 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Robotics, Ben Coxworth

The hexapod Aqua2 on the showroom floor of ICRA 2019

Back in 2013, we heard about an all-terrain walking robot known as RHex. Designed in a collaboration between McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, it used six flipper-like legs to scamper around. Now, its successor is taking to the briny depths.

.. Continue Reading Flipper-legged robot runs, swims, and is ready to hit the bigtime

Category: Robotics

Thu, 23 May 2019 20:25:16 +0000 | C.C. Weiss
Automotive, C.C. Weiss

Mclaren converts the new Sprinter into the Shadow camper van

Still not that McLaren. We're talking again about the British camper van converter that works exclusively with big vans like the VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter. A few months before going full-on Savage with the Crafter, it was performing some of its first conversions on the generation-3 Sprinter. Its updated Shadow two-sleeper van capitalizes on the latest Mercedes tech, adding a cozy, sealed-off interior with space to sleep, cook, freshen and relax. And for those that yearn for a little more speed and adventure, it also offers bike-hauling Sprinter Sporthomes.

.. Continue Reading Mclaren gives its Sprinter camper van sporty flair and spacious living

Category: Automotive

Thu, 23 May 2019 20:04:16 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Automotive, Nick Lavars

What the inside of a Volo-Port might look like

After expanding to Singapore late last year following a string of test flights of its radical 18-rotor aircraft, German aviation startup Volocopter has now announced plans to build its first flying taxi station in city, with flight trials to kick off soon after its completion.

.. Continue Reading Volocopter to build a prototype flying taxi station in Singapore this year

Category: Automotive

Thu, 23 May 2019 20:01:52 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Bicycles, Ben Coxworth

magpeds combine attributes of platform and clipless pedals

While many mountain bikers don't like the idea of having their feet mechanically fastened to so-called clipless pedals, they do nonetheless see the advantages of such a setup. Austria's magped has set out to reach a compromise, with its magnetic platform pedals – I recently got to try a set out, and found myself drawn to them (sorry).

.. Continue Reading Review: magpeds use magnets for less-threatening foot retention

Category: Bicycles

Thu, 23 May 2019 18:53:56 +0000 | Nick Lavars
3D Printing, Nick Lavars

(From right) NTU Associate Professor Wong Teck Neng; Lead Scientist and Associate Professor Tan Ming Jen ...

3D printing technology is set to have a real impact on the worlds of building and construction. Plans are already afoot for the world's first 3D-printed neighborhood, while we've already seen what 3D-printed offices, houses and even castles can look like. Adding to the mix of possibilities is a new proof-of-concept bathroom unit, which scientists in Singapore were able to 3D print in its entirety in a single day.

.. Continue Reading 3D-printed bathroom units take shape in a single day

Category: 3D Printing