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So, you think you can crack actual medical mysteries? Here’s where you can try it


A startup will allow voluntary internet detectives to study unusual medical cases and attempt to solve them. Millions of people suffer from rare or complex medical conditions for which they have received no diagnosis, but where a handful of doctors have failed, the collective force of the internet can do it – we can do it. Medical Mysteries In 2003, Jared

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Spectrometer is small enough to fit in your smartphone

In this illustration, the Quantum Dot (QD) spectrometer device is printing QD filters — a key fabrication step. The dots are made by printing droplets. Image: MIT

MIT engineers demonstrated a working spectrometer that took a huge leap in scale from a huge, bulky lab gear to a portable piece of equipment that’s small enough to fit in a smartphone. Spectrometer are essential to research nowadays, employed in everything from physics, to biology, to chemistry. To design the spectrometer, the MIT team made use of tiny semiconductor nanoparticles called quantum dots. Having a portable spectrometer could prove to be extremely practical .You can use it to remotely diagnose diseases, detect pollution or food poisoning.

Inventions, News, Technology

Remember the Tesla batteries that could take your house off the grid? Now, Tesla’s back with more

Image via Transporter Evolved.

In March, we were telling you about Tesla Motors’ new development, a new battery that could take your home off the grid and eliminate one of the major problems associated with renewable energy – storing it. Now, Tesla is already rolling out the new generation with some remarkable feature. The coolest one? Liquid cooling!

Biology, Discoveries, News

Earth-loving Hades: meet the centipede from Hell

The entrance of cave Munižaba. Photo: D. Bakšić.

Deep below ground level, 3,500 feet (1000 meters) down a Croatian cave, scientists have discovered a new species of centipede. They named this incredibly resilient creature Geophilus hadesi – earth loving Hades – in honor of Hades, the Greek God of the underworld and ruler of Hell. Centipedes are elongated arthropods with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes

Inventions, News, Space, Technology

NASA builds drone prototype for Mars flight

The proposed Prandtl-m is based on the Prandtl-d seen coming in for a landing during a flight test in June. The aerodynamics offer a solution that could lead to the first aircraft on Mars.
Credits: NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich

NASA is preparing to send a drone to Mars by 2024 – they’ve already developed a small, lightweight craft that could conduct aerial surveys and identify potential landing areas and zones of interest.

Health & Medicine, Technology

Radiologists miss out on 7% of cancers – this computer algorithm doesn’t

Image via Enlitic.

Among the many tools it has in its arsenal, cancer is also very good at hiding – so good that according to a study, we miss 7% of cancers even when we have an X-Ray. But a company is looking to change all that an employ the help of accurate computer algorithms.

Alternative Medicine, Science, Studies

Pause the cat video and read this article: or keep watching cat videos, science says it’s awesome


A study conducted by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods, to try and find out why so many of us enjoy seeing the furry little pets on video.

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This generator harvests power from a car’s rolling tires

Image: 100hotcars

Some 10% of the energy generated by an engine’s car is lost due to friction between tires and the pavement. What if you could harness this lost energy somehow? A group at University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with researchers in China have found a ingenious way to collect and use this friction energy by effectively inserting nanogenerators into tires.

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Samsung almost doubled the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by adding graphene

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In a recent paper published in Nature, researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology report how they nearly doubled the charge carrying capability of a lithium-ion battery by coating the silicon anodes with graphene. Paired with recent advances in graphene deposition and manufacturing, this sort of tech of could very well end up powering your notebook or phone a couple years from now.

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Scientists predict the existence of a liquid analogue of graphene

Atomically thin two-dimensional liquid. Image credit: Pekka Koskinen.

By now, we’ve all hopefully at least heard of graphene, the new wonder material that promises to revolutionize a swarm of applications. But now, a team of researchers from Finland have predicted the existence of atomically thin, free-standing 2D liquid phase – a liquid analogue of graphene.