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Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

The tiny artificial leaves you see here are not cute little toys, these are mini-factories that are capable of manufacturing drugs anywhere. They would function just as well in the deepest jungle as they would on the surface of Mars. The design of the artificial leaves is patterned after the way leaves on a tree capture sunlight to make food.

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White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

The era of AI-driven automation is coming, and it'll bring great benefits for some and big drawbacks for others. The White House is expecting major economic impacts as artificial intelligence and automation become more ubiquitous, and today, it's outlining something of a plan of attack. Specifically, the White House has listed what it believes will be five economic impacts of AI-based automation, and three strategies policymakers can implement to address them.

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What is Climate Change? Defining the term without bias

What is Climate Change? Defining the term without bias

A recent study showed that people in record high temperatures, when asked, believe in climate change, while those in record low temperatures often do not. This study was published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" in December of 2016, which meant I needed to create a sort of guide to simplify what Climate Change is. The definition of Climate Change is the basis of all arguments having to do with Climate Change - we need to get this bit down solid, first and foremost.

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Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Professor Mark Emberton has pioneered a new non-surgical treatment for low risk prostate cancer that uses light therapy to kill cancer cells. The breakthrough treatment is being used in a clinical trial that includes 413 patients right now. Emberton is the Dean of UCL Medical Sciences and a consultant urologist at UCLH.

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CERN sees Antimatter Spectrum for first time in history

CERN sees Antimatter Spectrum for first time in history

Spectral information on antimatter has been obtained by researchers for the first time in the history of science. This was made a reality over the course of a 20-year study using the ALPHA experiment at CERN. This team was lead by Dr. Ahmadi of the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool, and the study will play a big role in further understanding matter and energy in a variety of scientific disciplines well into the future.

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ALPHA records first ever measurement of optical spectrum of antimatter atom

ALPHA records first ever measurement of optical spectrum of antimatter atom

ALPHA published a paper in the journal Nature this week that reports the first ever measurement of the optical spectrum of an antimatter atom. The team behind the paper says that this is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. The measurements are of the antihydrogen spectrum and were performed with high-precision according to the team.

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Ultra rare “ghost shark” captured on film for first time

Ultra rare “ghost shark” captured on film for first time

Sharks like hammerheads or great whites might usually enjoy the most time in the limelight, but this past weekend, all eyes have been on the mysterious "ghost shark." While not technically a shark - National Geographic points out that these fish are relatives of sharks and rays - and most certainly not a ghost, Hydrolagus trolli is still making quite the splash. That's because this is the first time one has been captured alive on film, in its natural habitat.

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Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

The Las Vegas Strip does its best to grab your attention, but it's the displays inside Hyundai's Ioniq Autonomous Concept that are holding my gaze as the car drives itself. Nevada's loudest, shiniest city is trying to make a name for itself as more than just gambling and Celine Dion impersonators, aiming to wrest the title of "most tech-friendly" from San Francisco. That means self-driving cars plowing the streets, as automakers like Hyundai attempt to crack the code on the mobility of tomorrow.

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Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE or EPFL has researchers working on a drone that uses bio-inspired design to create a drone that is able to fly using some of the same techniques that birds use. The drone has the ability to spread or close its wings while flying to allow it to maneuver and fly in higher winds. Birds use these same techniques when in flight, when the bird turns it does so by extending one wing and contracting the other.

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Harvard researchers create smallest radio receiver ever with atomic-scale components

Harvard researchers create smallest radio receiver ever with atomic-scale components

Things get ever smaller in the world of technology and while some things can get too small, like say notebooks or smartphones leaving them hard to use, other things can get so small it's hard to fathom the scale. Harvard scientists have created the world's smallest radio receiver and this little radio has parts that are built on an atomic scale. The receiver uses miniscule atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

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NASA spacecraft finds dwarf planet Ceres is packed full of water

NASA spacecraft finds dwarf planet Ceres is packed full of water

The dwarf planet Ceres is full of surprises. There's the 2.5-mile high ice volcano, for example, and all those salty, shiny bright spots that stumped researchers for a few months. According to a new study, Ceres has another point of interest: lots and lots of water. The water's discovery was made by the NASA Dawn spacecraft, and researchers have found that much of it lies in the dwarf planet's darkest craters and norther regions.

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Massive diamonds clue scientists in to mysterious deep Earth

Massive diamonds clue scientists in to mysterious deep Earth

Diamonds have a lot of monetary value, to be sure, but thanks to the Gemological Institute of America, we're learning today that some of the larger ones can have a lot of scientific value too. A team of Institute scientists lead by diamond geologist Evan Smith set out to find where some of the largest, and therefore rarest, diamonds on Earth come from. The evidence they found ended up being quite surprising.

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