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Scientists Create the World’s First Organism – PhoneWorld Magazine

From PhoneWorld Magazine – 
It is for the very first time that scientists have created a life with a genetic code that was developed from scratch.
No doubt, it was a stunning scientific feat. The artificial E-coli holds 4 million base pair of DNA code. It took scientists over a year to just read the entire DNA code. So why is this such an important breakthrough?
Traditionally, E-coli is used to make compounds for drugs to treat cancer, heart attacks, and multiple sclerosis. However, as soon as natural E-coli is contaminated with bacteria, it’s useless to doctors. | go to source

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Sweet Meteor of Death is BACK in the Running After Hard 2016 Loss

I remember in 2016 weighing my choice of red hot zillas, blue chill zillas, even some green fire zillas, when one candidate really stood out among them all.  No, it wasn’t Gary Aleppo Johnson, and no it wasn’t John Hegelen of the Natural Law Party even though I did vote for him in 2000 as a protest because the red, blue zillas subjectively sucked.

Now, I am getting somewhere very important, for that candidate was SMOD.  Say it with me, SMOD 2016.  I went full SMOD (Sweet Meteor of Death) and I don’t regret it.  Well, much like Bernie Sanders, apparently, SMOD can STILL WIN!  Tell the studio audience what I’m talking about 

Mirror UK – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has warned that a killer asteroid could smash into the Earth within our lifetime, unless we do more to protect the planet.  Speaking at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in Washington yesterday, the NASA administrator cautioned against the so-called “giggle factor” when it comes to asteroids.  “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about the movies,” Bridenstine said.  “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life – and that is the planet Earth.” | go to source

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What if Life Began Outside of Earth and it Wasn’t an Alien Conspiracy, It Was Science?

There’s these things called planetesimals, they apparently are the heart of any new planet.  Well, scientists believe these planetesimals ‘had all the ingredients necessary” for the beginning of life to have happened long before earth was even fully.  Now the people who know science will tell it to you.  Take it away,  Live Science –

Life may have arisen in our solar system before Earth even finished forming.  Planetesimals, the rocky building blocks of planets, likely had all the ingredients necessary for life as we know it way back at the dawn of the solar system, said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University (ASU).  And clement conditions may have persisted inside some planetesimals for tens of millions of years — perhaps long enough for life to emerge, said Elkins-Tanton, the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming mission to the odd metallic asteroid Psyche. | go to source

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One Chemical 3D Printing All Purpose Lab Coming Up

Chemical 3D printing is a thing, in case you didn’t know  If you DID know you might not have heard of  a recent breakthrough from the Berkeley Lab in good old California that claims to be able to build a chemical 3D printing template that will allow multiple complex chemical reactions, with scientificimal and engineering precision, to take place, all in one template.
The scientists are calling this thing a “lab on a chip,” meaning they can create a lab, a chemical 3D printing lab, that can process, diagnose, investigate, produce multiple functions that have to do with processing chemicals to do things we want them to do.  Ok, Science Daily, give us more-

From Science Daily — Bridge over coupled waters: Scientists 3D-print all-liquid ‘lab on a chip’

Researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D-printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to serve a wide range of applications — from making battery materials to screening drug candidates.   “What we demonstrated is remarkable. Our 3D-printed device can be programmed to carry out multistep, complex chemical reactions on demand,” said Brett Helms, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry, who led the study. “What’s even more amazing is that this versatile platform can be reconfigured to efficiently and precisely combine molecules to form very specific products, such as organic battery materials.” | go to source

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African Youth Delivers Power to Village with Homemade Windmills

Let’s consider this Futureq feature a very special feature.  It’s the story of Kamkwamba, who took it upon himself to figure out the science and the tech, the work, the resources, needed to deliver to his community the electricity they so desperately needed.  Don Quixote fought windmills to fruitless ends, while Kamkwamba made windmills that delivered power.

From Science Times – Kamkwamba was kicked out of school when he couldn’t pay 80 dollars in school fees, and he spent his days at the library, where a book with photographs of windmills caught his eye. “I thought, this thing exists in this book, it means someone else managed to build this machine,” he said.  Armed with the book, the then-14-year-old taught himself to build windmills. He scoured through junkyards for items, including bicycle parts, plastic pipes, tractor fans and car batteries. For the tower, he collected wood from blue-gum trees.
…..Now, he has five windmills, the tallest at 37 feet. He built one at an area school that he used to teach classes on windmill-building. The windmills generate electricity and pump water in his hometown, north of the capital, Lilongwe. Neighbors regularly trek across the dusty footpaths to his house to charge their cellphones. Others stop by to listen to Malawian reggae music blaring from a radio. | go to source

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Pig Hearts Power Pacemakers, and Humans Might Soon Be Next

Using the power of your own heart, you might one day be able to sustain devices that will keep your heart going, using your own heart’s power.  The devices are pacemakers, and a battery-free version of one just passed some early tests on pigs.  New Scientist has more deets:  A battery-free pacemaker that harvests energy from heartbeats has been successfully tested in pigs. It uses an energy harvester wrapped around the heart that generates electricity from movement….In tests, Wang and his colleagues found that the energy they harvested from the heart was higher than that needed for a human pacemaker. They used pigs in the tests because their hearts are about the same size as those of humans. | go to source

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Lightning Strikes Amazon, and Bitcoins Fall Out

If you have bitcoin, you can begin using your lightning network to buy things on Amazon.  Here’ more from CoinDesk:

Bitcoin spenders can now use the lightning network to shop at e-commerce sites like Amazon.

Crypto payment processing startup Moon announced today that any lightning-enabled wallet can now also be used through Moon’s browser extension. Before this lightning feature, roughly 250 beta users already used Moon to spend crypto on e-commerce sites by connecting the browser extension to exchange accounts like Coinbase.

Moon CEO Ken Kruger told CoinDesk:

“[The extension] will pop up a QR code and it will have the lightning invoice, which you could also copy and paste if you can’t use the QR code for some reason, and you’ll be able to pay with your favorite lightning wallet. | go to source

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Anti-Aging Pill Company Begins Long-Term Testing

Neurohacker Collective is claiming to have created an anti-aging pills that solves the “healthy aging puzzle.”  Concentrating on manipulating cellular and mitochondrial functions in consideration of the network structures they comprise, the company believes they can reverse the aging process.  Here’s more from Scientific American
Neurohacker Collective uses the idea of a “healthy aging puzzle” as a way to fit together what are often treated as isolated pieces of cellular and mitochondrial function into a bigger picture of how these things work together. Mitochondrial networks produce about our body weight of cellular energy (i.e., ATP) every day. Cells use this energy to do the work they need to clean up damage and do many other important jobs. A molecule called NAD+ is used to make ATP; it’s also used to activate sirtuins (a cellular stress sensing pathway) and to promote DNA repair. The food we eat is converted into ATP by several linked pathways. Hormones tell groups of cells how to respond together. Our body clock influences what cellular and mitochondrial processes are given preference at different times of the day and night. Health doesn’t happen because of any of these pieces in isolation; it’s a result of all of them happening together.  – Scientific American | go to source

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Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings, But Your A.I Buddy Does, and It LOVES THEM!

In the future, your emotions will teach machines to think.  The future is now.  The latest entrant into futureville is Affectiva, a humble startup just trying to work on AI tools that can figure out how you feel.  That might not sound all that amazeballs to you, but let me tell you why it is.  Well, let me let Digital Trends tell you why this is a pretty big freaking deal.
“Based on the idea that something as ephemeral as emotion can be captured and quantified as its own data point, it seeks to create technology that’s able to accurately mine our emotions. In doing so, its proponents claim that it will change the way that we interact with the devices around us; a transformation that, in just a few years, will be as unimaginable to us as using a computer with a graphical interface.”
One day, we may think a video into our eyscann, and our AI-driven Coxls around our wrists might have the power, from our own bodies, to create virtual 3d ‘websites’ around us, a fully immersive digital interaction.  Yeah, I think I can imagine it, at least in part. | go to source

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Metaphorical Angels Protected Notre Dame from Total Destruction

Guess who saved Notre Dame, in addition to the firefighters? It was none other than drones, and a robot who goes by the name Colossus.  Some reports suggest they came down to a crucial half hour where they would either win or lose in saving key parts of Our Lady.  Without the drones, Colossus, and the Firefighters themselves, Notre Dame might very well be no more. | go to source

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CRISPR Power Thanks to a Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer, For Real

Gene editing and manipulation might have a now ally in the form of a Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer, a computer essentially constructed using ‘biological components.”  In other words, a flesh computer (of sorts, really the cpu part) that adds great processing power to the DNA edit process, power that is essential to CRISPR development going forward.  From the article in Science Daily, “A team of researchers led by Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel, have now found a way to use biological components to construct a flexible core processor, or central processing unit (CPU), that accepts different kinds of programming. The processor developed by the ETH scientists is based on a modified CRISPR-Cas9 system and basically can work with as many inputs as desired in the form of RNA molecules (known as guide RNA).” | go to source

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3D-Printed Vascularised Heart is First Ever

Using the biological material from a patient, scientists were able to biologically print the first ever 3D vascularised engineered heart.  The first effort is not usable by the patient as it is only roughly the size of a small rabbit, but it’s a critical first step towards producing a fully functioning 3D-printed heart. | go to source

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Bloodless Star Trek Surgery Possible Thanks to Molecular Surgery

Dang it, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a butcher!  That’s what Dr. McCoy of Star Trek might say if he had to do surgery in the 21st century.  Well, soon, Dr. McCoy might feel right at home, as the potential for ‘bloodless’ surgery might now be possible thanks to molecular surgery.

‘Molecular surgery’ reshapes living tissue with electricity but no incisions – Science Daily
American Chemical Society – Traditional surgery to reshape a nose or ear entails cutting, sometimes followed by long recovery times and scars. Now, researchers have developed a ‘molecular surgery’ process using tiny needles, electric current and 3D molds to quickly reshape living tissue with no incisions, scarring or recovery time. It shows promise as a noninvasive alternative to laser eye surgery. The researchers will present their results today at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition.  “We envision this new technique as a low-cost office procedure done under local anesthesia,” says Michael Hill, Ph.D., one of the project’s principal investigators, who will discuss the work at the meeting. “The whole process would take about five minutes. | go to source

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Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You

PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot.
Discover Magazine – Researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks that add up to happiness in our brains. By electrically stimulating a brain region known as the cingulum, scientists created spontaneous laughter and a sense of calm and joy in three different patients. | go to source