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Vitamins’ Old, Old Edge

December 11, 2013

“Sailors discovered vitamin C’s ability to combat scurvy by accident in 1602. Today, vitamin research and application are a huge global industry. This fascinating New York Times piece looks at the 13 essential vitamins and traces how relatively simple combinations of molecules came to have such a profound impact…”

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Cancer Meets Its Nemesis in Reprogrammed Blood Cells

December 10, 2013

“Genetically engineered immune cells from a patient’s own blood—drawn, manipulated, and then re-inserted back into the patient—have recently shown promise treating a blood cancer known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York…”

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Vast Freshwater Reserves Found Beneath the Oceans

December 10, 2013

“The journal Nature recently featured a piece in which scientists claim huge beds of low-salinity water, up to a half-million cubic kilometers in size, exist just under the shelf floor off the coast of North America, China, and Australia. If extracted, this water could prove a huge benefit to coastal cities around the world, and the low salt content would mean the water would be far cheaper than conventional seawater to purify. Like Peak Oil, it seems Peak Water is a doomsday scenario that does have a solution…”

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Brain Stimulation May Induce the Human Will to Persevere

December 10, 2013

“Researchers at Stanford University have published results in the journal Neuron claiming that direct stimulation of the brain region known as the anterior midcingulate cortex produces an increased sense of what they call ‘the will to persevere.’ Original brain stimulation tests were conducted on epilepsy patients, but the Stanford team’s findings could hold promise for future treatments of a variety of neurological ailments, including perhaps dementia…”

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New Therapeutic Target Identified for Huntington’s Disease

December 9, 2013

“Researchers at King’s College London have identified a new way to potentially treat the gene mutation behind Huntington's Disease. In the course of a patient developing Huntington’s, the ‘Huntington’ protein collects in the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells, interfering with cell function and eventually leading to nerve cell failure. Now, scientists seem to have discovered a specific enzyme that helps protect against cells collecting ‘Huntington’ protein…”

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Atomically Thin Tin Could Transform Electronics

December 9, 2013

“You’ve heard of graphene, but have you heard of stanene? Stanene is essentially super-conductive tin that, if manipulated a certain way, provides insulation on the inside and is electrically conductive around the edges. Researchers have recently worked with stanene sheets only one atom thick, meaning this new material holds huge promise for the future of computer chips and data storage…”

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Cutting Edge Surgical Techniques and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

December 9, 2013

“In March 2011, Dallas Wiens received the first ‘face transplant’ after suffering terrible burns during a construction accident. Today, not only does Wiens describe his recovery as a ‘miracle,’ scans of his face show a network of new blood vessels have taken hold.”

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Bitcoin Flaw Could Threaten Booming Virtual Currency

December 6, 2013

“Bitcoin could be the biggest anti-dollar story on the Internet today. As you know, Bitcoins are created or ‘mined’ by powerful computers crunching complex math problems. As the answers to the problems pile up, a certain number of Bitcoins are awarded to the computer that solved the biggest part of the problem. Now, a new analysis from Cornell University researchers suggests the entire Bitcoin mining process could be subject to fraud and abuse…”

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Where Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

December 6, 2013

“You can’t see your own facial expressions… but the computer screen you stare at all day can. What happens when your computer is powerful enough to interpret your mood based on a complex algorithm that reads your facial expressions…”

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Human Stem Cells Converted to Functional Lung Cells

December 6, 2013

“Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have turned human cells into fully functioning lung cells in what could prove a breakthrough moment for the future of creating viable tissue transplant material for a variety of organs…”

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