A Grand Finale: Cassini Made Its Dives Through Saturn’s Rings

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Cassini’s Last Stand

On April 26, the NASA Cassini space probe completed the first of 22 dives through Saturn’s rings that are planned before the end of its final mission. No other object created by humans had ventured so far into the rings before, so Cassini has provided us with some of the very first looks at the roiling bands of dust and ice particles.

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Traveling at speeds of 77,000 mph, Cassini had to shield itself with its dish-shaped antenna as it made its way through thick masses of potentially destructive particles during Lees verder

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Harvard Doctor’s Million-Dollar Idea Could Prevent A Pandemic

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Preventing Pandemics

The $1 million TED Prize is awarded each year to someone with a creative idea for sparking global change. The idea behind the TED Prize is to accelerate progress toward solving some of the most challenging of the world’s problems by investing millions in potential solutions. The 2017 winner is Dr. Raj Panjabi, whose “Community Health Academy” could have the power to stop pandemics before they start.

Panjabi is a Harvard Medical School physician and CEO and co-founder of Last Mile Health, an organization that hires professional community health workers in remote areas to expand access to healthcare. Panjabi, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.businessinsider.com/raj-panjabi-harvard-ted-prize-2017-4" Lees verder

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Breakthrough Initiative Will Grow Organs and Regenerate Human Tissue

3D Printed Ear Scaffolds. Photo source: WFIRM

Growing Good Health

Major strides are being made in the field of regenerative medicine. Developments have been made growing tissue and even organs in labs to help restore normal functionality in patients. Many of these regenerative therapies take advantage of the advancements made in stem cell research. There have already been breakthroughs that could potentially give us the ability to repair nerve damage or even grow entire organs and limbs.

A new initiative is seeking to speed up innovation in this area of medicine. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is leading the $20 million initiative to, according to Lees verder

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EPA Website Purged of Climate Change Information to Align With Trump Administration Claims

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Controlling the Message

Major changes in the message sent by the United States government began the moment Donald Trump took his oath of office on January 20th. Shortly after the inauguration, all mentions of climate change and its human origins were deleted from the White House website. According to the Washington Post, pages devoted “…to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; people with disabilities; and civil rights more generally” were also changed or taken down.

More recently, the administration has continued to try and control this message with public information. In their latest act, the website for the Environmental Lees verder

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A “World First” Fusion Reactor Just Created Its First Plasma

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Achieving First Plasma

After being turned on for the first time, the UK’s newest fusion reactor has achieved first plasma. This simply means that the reactor was able to successfully generate a molten mass of electrically-charged gas — plasma — inside its core.

Called the ST40, the reactor was constructed by Tokamak Energy, one of the leading private fusion energy companies in the world. The company was founded in 2009 with the express purpose of designing and developing small fusion reactors to introduce fusion power into the grid by 2030.

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Universal Basic Income is Not “Free Money”

Universal Basic Income: UBI Pilot Programs Around the World

Basic Economics

Let’s say the cost to produce a widget is $1. What’s the cost to produce 1 million widgets?

This may sound like an extremely simple word problem that even some preschoolers could solve. However, if you think the answer is $1 million, you would be entirely wrong.

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The cost to produce 1 million widgets is far below $1 million thanks to the savings inherent in mass production. It’s a lot cheaper per something to make a lot of something, than it is to create one of it, or even Lees verder

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This New York Hotel Is Nearly Entirely Automated

Yotel is a hotel in New York that’s moving towards a nearly entirely autonomous system of operations. They have a luggage transfer robot they call YOBOT and guests check in at automated kiosks. They do have some human staff around however just in case guests get overwhelmed by all the tech.  Would you check out Yotel?

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Here’s What Real Climate Scientists Have to Say About Global Warming

Too often, the media focus their attention on climate-change deniers, and as a result, when scientists speak with the press, it’s almost always a discussion of whether climate change is real. Unfortunately, that can make it harder for those who recognize that climate change is a legitimate threat to fully understand the science and impacts of rising global temperatures.

I recently visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO and met with climate scientists Dr. Kevin Trenberth and CU Boulder’s Dr. Brian Toon to have a different discussion. I wanted better answers about what climate change is, Lees verder

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Robots Are Not Only Replacing Workers, They’re Also Lowering the Wages of Those With Jobs

The Age of Automation: Welcome to the Next Great Revolution

Robots’ Real Impact

“It’s frustrating sometimes to hear this rhetoric about bringing jobs back to the United States that left. Those jobs are actually still here in the United States, but they’re being done by robots, not humans,” Maurice Conti, Director of Applied Research and Innovation at Autodesk, told Bloomberg in an interview that might leave many worried about their future financial stability.

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Autodesk is a manufacturing software company that is on the forefront of automating the workforce, so Conti is truly in the know when it comes Lees verder

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Discovery of the Brain’s “Autofill” Function Could Revolutionize Neurological Treatments

Predictive AI: Seeing Through the Chaos

Neural Autofill

Though the brain is still very much a mystery, we have figured out a few of its tricks. Among those, we know that it copes with the uncertainties it encounters daily by creating a realistic model of the world to resolve them. Essentially, the brain rummages through its vast storehouse of past experiences to predict each possible contingency for every situation we run across, minimizing surprises, which, from an evolutionary standpoint, can be dangerous.

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Neuroscientists have now identified the mechanism our brains use for overcoming uncertainties in auditory Lees verder

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