Cells programmed like computers to fight disease

Public Release: 18-Sep-2017   Cells can be programmed like a computer to fight cancer, influenza, and other serious conditions – thanks to a breakthrough in synthetic biology by the University of Warwick University of Warwick   IMAGE: This is a figure showing RNA sequence of command. Credit: Professor Jaramillo/University of Warwick Cells can be programmed…

AI uses less than two minutes of videogame footage to recreate game engine

Public Release: 11-Sep-2017   Georgia Institute of Technology Game studios and enthusiasts may soon have a new tool at their disposal to speed up game development and experiment with different styles of play. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new approach using an artificial intelligence to learn a complete game engine, the basic…

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Public Release: 5-Sep-2017   Boron compounds play role in stabilizing sugars needed to make RNA, a key to life DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory IMAGE: A selfie of the NASA Curiosity rover at the Murray Buttes in Gale Crater, Mars, a location where boron was found in light-toned calcium sulfate veins. Credit: CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Los Alamos,…

Monkeys with Parkinson’s disease benefit from human stem cells

Public Release: 30-Aug-2017   Transplantation of neurons made from induced pluripotent stem cells show long-term benefit in monkeys with Parkinson’s disease Center for iPS Cell Research and Application – Kyoto University IMAGE: Monkeys show reduced Parkinsonian symptoms following a donor-matched iPS cell-based therapy. Credit: Misaki Ouchida, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University…

Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved

Public Release: 24-Aug-2017   University of New South Wales   IMAGE: The 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet Plimpton 322 at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York. Credit: UNSW/Andrew Kelly UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world’s oldest and…

Follow the Bitcoin to find victims of human trafficking

Public Release: 16-Aug-2017   New machine learning algorithms will trace authors of exploitative advertising NYU Tandon School of Engineering BROOKLYN, New York – A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin – the primary payment…

Electronic devices can be covertly turned into active sonar devices to monitor you and others even through walls

Public Release: 16-Aug-2017 Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity University of Washington   Caption Left-to-right: UW professor of computer science and engineering Tadayoshi Kohno, UW doctoral student Rajalakshmi Nandakumar and UW associate professor of computer science and engineering Shyam Gollakota. Not pictured is team member and UW doctoral student Alex Takakuwa.…

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Device instantly delivers new DNA or RNA into living skin cells to change their function Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest…

Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017   Italian Space Agency presents plans to develop a robotic solar-powered spacecraft capable of displacing a near-Earth asteroid towards lunar orbit for ease of study Springer   Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the…

Why humans find faulty robots more likeable

Public Release: 4-Aug-2017   New social robotics research finds that humans prefer interacting with faulty robots significantly more than with robots that function and behave flawlessly Frontiers   IMAGE: One of the study participants interacting with the robot during the experiment. Credit: Center for Human-Computer Interaction It has been argued that the ability of humans…