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Data transfer from Computers to Living Cells
DNA has been the predominant information storage medium for biology and holds great promise as a next-generation high-density data medium in the digital era.Researchers from Columbia University have demonstrated a new approach that can directly convert digital electronic signals into genetic data stored in the genomes of living cells. That could lead to a host of applications both for data storage and beyond, says Harris Wang, who led the research published in Nature Chemical Biology.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41589-020-00711-4
12 January 2021 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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Exercise, Sweat, Power Your Wearable, Repeat
Researchers from the National University of Singapore created a new film that is able to absorb water from sweat. They then created a wearable device that turns the moisture into energy that can be used to power devices - currently only a single LED bulb. They hope with future versions it can power fitness trackers and smart watches.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9114389/Scientists-develop-super-absorbent-film-harvest-human-sweat-power-wearables.html
6 January 2021 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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Humanity's Future - Centuries, Millenia and Beyond
The ever-accelerating pace of technological innovation makes the long-term future difficult to visualise. It’s important, when thinking in the long term, to understand that different problems will require different solutions. Interstellar travel and building habitats in space may help us survive the next billion years, but these technologies will not arrive in time to allow us to live out the century. If we want to be sure we will be around to tackle major problems, we’ll need to get a lot better at thinking beyond the next five years.https://singularityhub.com/2020/12/31/forget-your-five-year-plan-what-if-we-visualized-humanitys-future-in-centuries-millennia-and-beyo
5 January 2021 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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New treatment that slows Parkinson’s
Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder, affecting > 10 million people, caused by gradual loss of dopamine neurons leading to involuntary tremors, stiffness, and balance problems. There are drugs to treat symptoms, however no drugs exist to slow progression of the disease.University College Cork researchers found neurotrophic factor,(GDF5) has protective effects on dopamine neurons in Parkinson’s. Next study will be what stage of the disease is best to deliver GDF5 to the brain to slow the disease’s progression.These are promising results and mean that the search for a new therapy for Parkinson’s focusing on neurotrophic factors should continue.https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/12/0
10 December 2020 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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Healthtech in the Fast Lane - Investor Excitement
Digital health innovations are helping achieve a long-sought-after healthcare industry objective: cutting healthcare costs while improving patient outcomes simultaneously—an outcome that is especially important given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. By decisively selecting which value pools and strategies to prioritize, healthcare investors and companies can effectively thrive in the fast-growing digital health space and improve healthcare for patients worldwide.https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/pharmaceuticals-and-medical-products/our-insights/healthtech-in-the-fast-lane-what-is-fueling-investor-excitement?
9 December 2020 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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Sight-Restoring Brain Implant Proves Promising
Nederlands Herseninstitut (NIN), researchers from a team led by Pieter Roelfsema are now using new implant production and implantation technologies, cutting-edge materials engineering, microchip fabrication, and microelectronics, to develop devices that are more stable and durable than previous implants. The first results are very promising.This research lays the foundations for a neuroprosthetic device that could allow profoundly blind people to regain functional vision and to recognize objects, navigate in unfamiliar surroundings, and interact more easily in social settings, significantly improving their independence and quality of life.https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/news/sight-restoring
9 December 2020 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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