Scientific advancements of today make anything from the X-Men to Hogwarts magic seem possible. We can grow organs and generate energy from passing cars. Nothing is too far-fetched, as proved recently by these scientists. Chinese researchers have finally come to grips with space teleportation, and no–it doesn’t work the way you think.
Researchers in China have found a way to transmit particles from the ground to a satellite orbiting more than 300 miles above the planet.
Quantum teleportation sends information about a quantum particle—such complete information that a new version of the particle can be created on the other end.
Simply? When two particles share a link so strong, altering one will alter the other. I suppose it’s something like twin telepathy. Scientists are experimenting using points located on Earth and in space (via satellite).
“This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum internet,”
So we’re not exactly beating traffic by teleporting ourselves to work, but this could mean a much faster exchange of important information.
It never fails to impress me how we are always one step closer to figuring out the human body. We’ve learned how to handle it with robotic surgeries and now, with even more efficiency. Scientists at Monash University may have figured out how to grow replacement organs.
The team has discovered that a protein called Meox1 is pivotal in promoting the growth of muscles. They came across the protein while studying zebrafish, which are ideal candidates for the research due to their rapid rate of growth and biological similarities with humans.
Meox1 directs muscle growth by selecting the relevant stem cells for producing the specific tissue.
Apparently, we’ve got some fish to thank this this groundbreaking discovery. For years we have understood the functions of stem cells–but never how they function. Grasping its mechanisms mean researchers will ultimately have more control.
Stem cells are also increasingly being recognized as an integral tool for treating — and even curing — a number debilitating diseases. Everything from blindness to paralysis to neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease have already seen breakthroughs with the help of stem cells.
With new knowledge always comes the opportunity to manipulate nature to our benefit. If it saves lives, then why not?
A number of big brands have found ways to turn trash into fashion. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have gone back to basics. In an attempt to mimic spider silk, they produced hydrogel, an eco-friendly water fiber with the potential to revolutionize fabrics.
Hydrogel consists of about 2% cellulose and silica… suspended in water with some molecules that are shaped like tiny bracelets, called Cucurbiturils. These chemicals… hold the cellulose and silica together, allowing long, extremely thin fibers to be pulled from the gel.
The water evaporates shortly after the fibers are drawn out of the hydrogel, leaving behind a silken strand that is stronger than [most materials]. The strings also work like bungee cords, in some cases having a property of energy absorption called “damping capacity” that exceeds natural silks.
In friendlier terms, hydrogel produces fabrics that are pretty darn strong. The process uses non-hazardous solvents and demands minimal energy. Unique properties from its molecules also detect toxins and treat waste waters.
For anyone into sustainable fashion, this could shake up the textile industry. That’s what I call super science!
For most patients battling cancer, chemotherapy is very much a love-hate relationship. We often hear it kills the bad cells but, unfortunately, also the good ones. Thanks to a successful trial, leukemia patients may see more luck with this gene-altering treatment.
A Food and Drug Administration panel opened a new era in medicine on Wednesday, unanimously recommending that the agency approve the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, transforming them into what scientists call “a living drug” that powerfully bolsters the immune system to shut down the disease.
Each patient receives a unique treatment. T-cells (or white blood cells) are “reprogrammed” and can destroy up to 100,000 cancer cells. One dose of the treatment has led to full recovery, as taken from the case of experimental patient Emily Whitehead. Of 63 patients who also received the treatment, 52 went into remission.
The next step… will be to determine “what we can combine it with and is there a way to use it in the future to treat patients with less disease, so that the immune system is in better shape and really able to fight.”
Patients who did not survive despite the treatment at least saw their lives prolonged. The treatment is now receiving FDA approval.
For cancer patients, the future is definitely seeing some sun. If it isn’t perfect, at least it’s brighter.
People never fail to impress me. I’ve seen million-dollar equipment built in the safety of one’s own home. Astronomy student Alex Pietrow is no exception. Using a Game Boy and antique telescope, Pietrow was able to photograph Jupiter, and clearly!
Pietrow used a Gosky Universal Cell Phone Adapter to attach the Game Boy Camera to the 6-inch’ Fraunhofer telescope in the Old Observatory of Leiden.
Pietrow set the sight of his late 90s Game Boy Camera a bit further… all the way to Jupiter. Surprisingly, the Game Boy Camera, which can capture black and white images at a 128×112 resolution… was able to capture not only Jupiter but also its four Galilean moons.
Way to put professional astronomers in their place! But the fun doesn’t stop there. Pietrow plans to use his invention to photograph Saturn as well.
If you’re interested in trying your hand at shooting celestial objects with your trusty Game Boy… you’re going to be in for a lot of work. Not only do you need a Game Boy and its Camera peripheral, but also a few devices meant to hack the Game Boy as well as either an installation of Windows XP on a computer with parallel port or some fiddling with drivers on Windows 7.
While I may not be smart enough to come up with anything like this, I do know that Pietrow is going places. He may even put billion-dollar telescope industries out of business!
If you’re planning to lose your beer belly, you may want to think twice. This probiotic beer might change the game.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore recently announced that they’ve created a new beer infused with probiotics, or the sort of “good” bacteria that’s been shown to promote digestion and various other bodily functions.
The recipe, which took nine months to perfect, contains 3.5% alcohol. It undergoes an alternative fermentation process and contains a probiotic strain that regulates the immune system.
There’s been a huge increase in interest in probiotics lately with more and more people consuming things like fermented vegetables, yogurts, and kombucha.
Clearly, probiotics are becoming quite the fad. While we’re all dying to know when this new brew is hitting shelves, we can rest easy knowing the recipe has been patented.
Perhaps a cheers to this Singaporean group of geniuses?
From learning sign language to aiding baby cheetahs, I think it’s safe to say dogs make the world a better place. (Not to mention cuter) But some dogs need our help, too. With the amount of dogs needing prosthetics at a high, animal medical centers are doing what they can. OrthoPets in Colorado is now the biggest prostheses manufacturer for tripod dogs.
“We have about 20 different devices that we can fabricate,” said OrthoPets founder Amy Kaufmann. The procedure is multi-step and involves advanced computer scanning and 3D printing.
OrthoPets has worked on more than 13,000 animals from 35 different countries since 2003. And not just dogs; peacocks and llamas are among the animals they’ve built devices for.
While the devices don’t come cheap (they start at around $1,500) owners claim they are worth it.
“Clients are treating their pets as they would their child, and when they learn that they can do something to help their pet in the same way they would for their child, they choose to do it for their dog as well.”
Who says a dog isn’t a real baby?
Often the guinea pigs of science, mice have surely seen better days. However, in a recent study on treatment options for diabetes, the mice tested experienced no side effects. In fact, they may have led us to a cure.
The discovery, made at The University of Texas Health Science Center… increases the types of pancreatic cells that secrete insulin.
UT Health San Antonio researchers have a goal to reach human clinical trials in three years, but to do so they must first test the strategy in large-animal studies, which will cost an estimated $5 million.
Talk about cash for a cause! To achieve the cure, researchers used a therapy method called gene transferring.
A virus is used as a vector, or carrier, to introduce selected genes into the pancreas. These genes become incorporated and cause digestive enzymes and other cell types to make insulin.
The therapy regulates blood sugar in mice with extreme accuracy, which is something insulin hasn’t quite mastered. Gene transferring, however, replicates the characteristics of lost beta cells in diabetics.
So far, 2017 has been a milestone year for medical advancements. Alongside diabetes, treatments for ALS have also seen some improvements. So whether we’d like to think otherwise, a lot of medical breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without our good old friend Mickey.
We’ve all been there. Dreading our turn at the clinic for a vaccination. Sweating profusely at the sight of the needle, which looks much bigger than you expected. Struggling to keep still as nurses administer the shot. Well, fear no more because the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have found a way to administer injections without the sting.
Instead of the usual injection, the researchers came up with a sticker patch that you can apply on yourself.
The patch comes with a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles located on its adhesive side. Unlike regular injections that go all the way through the muscle, the microneedles puncture and dissolve into the upper layer of the skin, delivering the vaccine in about 20 minutes.
The best thing about the microneedle patch is that you can do it yourself, which means you can kiss long lines goodbye! Administration is also quick and hassle-free.
“With the microneedle patch, you could pick it up at the store and take it home, put it on your skin for a few minutes, peel it off and dispose of it safely, because the microneedles have dissolved away,”
The microneedle patch is compact, easy-to-store, and portable, making it easily accessible to those in commercial and remote areas.
If you’ve ever seen “Splice” you can probably assume that the incorporation of animal DNA into human bodies is slowly becoming a reality. Zebrafish compounds have been used to manage metabolism. Squalamine in sharks have cured infectious diseases. Now, brain cells from pigs are being implanted into humans in the hopes of treating Parkinson’s Disease.
New Zealand biotech company Living Cell Technologies has developed a treatment for Parkinson’s disease using choroid plexus cells from pigs.
“It’s putting in a little neurochemical factory to promote new nerve cell growth and repair,”
While Living Cell Technologies have yet to see how this new technique stacks up to already existing treatments, they are hopeful for its success.
Assuming this treatment is effective, it may be extended to treat other neurological disorders such as Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s.
Successful treatments for Parkinson’s disease could help millions of people — up to one million in the U.S., and an estimated seven to 10 million around the world. About 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually.
Parkinson’s Disease sees the gradual loss of dopamine-making brain cells. Many cases of Parkinson’s remain mostly undetected.