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Quantum World Record Smashed

November 26, 2013

“Just a few years ago, fully functional ‘quantum computers’ were merely theoretical. Today, the era of data stored via 1s and 0s might be closer to an end than we ever imagined. Quantum computing will allow even the smallest, consumer-grade machines to store exponentially more data and perform far more tasks...”

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In Warning Letter, FDA Orders 23andMe to Stop Selling Saliva Kit

November 26, 2013

“Personal genomics and biotechnology company 23andMe, known for their personal genome testing kit which won Time magazine’s invention of the year in 2008, was ordered to stop selling its Personal Genome Service this week by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. The reason for the warning letter stems from the company not obtaining clearance or approval from the agency before marketing the test…”

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Rolls-Royce Looks to Make Jet Engine Parts with 3D Printers

November 25, 2013

“Rolls-Royce Holdings—the aerospace and defense arm of the multinational company—has plans to use 3D printers as a way to reduce costs and lead times in its factories. According to the company’s head of technology strategy, using 3D printers could shave months off of the time it takes to normally manufacture simple parts used in jet engines.”

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Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Children and Adolescents

November 25, 2013

“Rates of childhood obesity and diabetes have been on the rise over the past few decades. Although the traditional methods of regulating insulin have shown positive results, new research shows that vitamin D supplements can help those afflicted with diabetes control their blood sugar levels.”

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Mother’s Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain

November 25, 2013

“New research shows that exercise may play a role in brain function, before a baby is even born. A team at the University of Montreal has published work suggesting pregnant mothers who walk for just 20 minutes at a time 3 days a week can provide significant benefits to the brain development of their children”

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Bioengineered Vessels Now Used As Dialysis Grafts

November 22, 2013

"Not long ago, it was deemed impossible to create viable human tissue via cellular "scaffolds." Today, collagen structures that do not bring about negative immune responses are being used to help treat real patients. In time, this breakthrough bioengineering technique might change how doctors treat a wide variety of diseases."

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Study Reveals Potential Breakthrough in Hearing Technology

November 21, 2013

“Wireless hearing aids powered by your cell phone? New understanding of the neural networks responsible for hearing, picking up sounds, focusing on sounds, and eliminating background noise could promise huge hearing gains for the hearing impaired…”

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