Researchers develop artificial spleen that cleans up blood infections

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The ‘biospleen’ uses protein-equipped nanobeads and a magnet to cleanse blood of pathogens.

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A device inspired by the spleen can quickly clean blood of everything from Escherichia coli to Ebola, researchers report on 14 September in Nature Medicine.

 

 

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Advances made with new synthetic materials open possibilities for manned space exploration

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A man-made leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water and releases oxygen. 

There are many challenges with space exploration. One inconvenient fact – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making off world exploration and living a reality. (Videos)

 

 

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Top 5 ways the superintelligence revolution could happen

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There is a 50% probability that human-level machine intelligence will have been attained by 2050.

Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina. One day machines will have superhuman intelligence. Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.

 

 

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Artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity: Study

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Sugar substitutes might be exacerbating metabolic disease.

Artificial sweeteners have widely been seen as a way to combat obesity and diabetes, but according to a new study, the sugar substitutes could, in part, be contributing to the global epidemic of these conditions.

 

 

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A half-cow, half-electronic artificial heart has saved this Frenchman

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In France, A 75-year-old man has just been given the gift of life as a team of surgeons have successfully completed the transplant of the world’s first true artificial heart.

 

 

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China to combat smog with artificial rain

Will cloud seeding work to wash the smog out of the air?

China has a severe air pollution problem. Smog has done everything from grounding planes at major airports to closing schools across the country. China’s smog is so dense that it’s even crept over to Japan and across other parts of Asia. China is working on putting measures into place to combat pollution, but they still need a more immediate solution for clearing up the heavy smog. According to the China Meteorological Administration, he country is putting its hopes on artificial rain.

 

 

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3D printed meat may be coming sooner than you think

Modern Meadow is developing technology to provide instant meat.

You have probably read about the “Googleburger,” so named because Google’s founder Sergey Brin bankrolled it. Have you heard of Modern Meadow, though? Modern Meadow is developing the technology that will someday in the distant future provide the meat counterpart of instant coffee: instant beef!  For now, it is focusing on synthetic meat made with 3D printers.

 

 

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Robot plants can learn how to grow just like the real thing

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Soon, plants may have robotic counterparts. Barbara Mazzolai from the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and colleagues tips that grow by unwinding material and a mechanism to reduce friction when penetrating the soil. The artificial system will be equipped to detect gravity, water, temperature, touch, pH, nitrate and phosphate.

 

 

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Artificial blood vessels made on a 3D printer

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Tissue engineers create artificial blood vessels on a 3D printer.

Tissue engineers are building a handful of new body parts, from intestines to tracheas  — but progress on larger organs has been slow. This is mainly because tissues need nutrients to stay alive, and they need blood vessels to deliver those nutrients. It’s difficult to build those vascular networks, but now a team from Germany may have a solution: Print some capillaries with a 3-D printer.

 

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Artificial skin spun from spider silk

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Spider silk could be an ideal answer for helping heal wounds.

Researchers may have found a better alternative for providing skin grafts to wounds.  It turns out that spider silk is legendary for its strength, as well as its possible healing properties. Tissue engineer Hanna Wendt at Medical School Hannover in Germany honed in on this and found that by creating an artificial skin spun from spider silk, we could have an ideal answer for helping heal wounds.

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Growing fake meat in a lab could cut greenhouse emissions by 96% according to scientists

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Researchers hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by producing fake meat in a lab.

Scientists from Oxford University have decided to concentrate their efforts on culturing and growing artificial meat in petri dishes, Instead of focusing on ending the horrendous factory farming practices that inhumanely confine cattle to tight living spaces, and subject them to an unnatural diet of genetically-modified (GM) corn and soybeans.

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