Futurology

A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home
nytimes.com/2021/01/11/health/colon… 
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An at-home test for colon cancer is as reliable as the traditional screening, health experts say, and more agreeable.

General Motors unveils EV van as part of new commercial business unit
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The EV600 van will be the first vehicle under a new commercial business unit within GM called BrightDrop.

BioNTech CEO applies COVID-19 vaccine's mRNA tech to multiple sclerosis
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The new vaccine technology mRNA is making waves these days as COVID-19 shots based on it deliver efficacy that’s unrivaled by other platforms. BioNTech's Pfizer-partnered vaccine Comirnaty is one of those vaccines. Now, the German biotech’s CEO, Ugur Sahin, has led a study showing an mRNA vaccine was effective against multiple sclerosis in mice.

Next high-flying SpaceX Starship test could blast off as soon as Tuesday
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SN9 is on deck to boldly follow in the footsteps of SN8, which bravely sacrificed itself in the name of iteration.

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk
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A Japanese forestry firm has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.

Korean artificial sun sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million degrees
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The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean artificial sun, set the new world record as it succeeded in maintaining the high temperature plasma for 20 seconds with an ion temperature over 100 million degrees (Celsius).

What comes after smartphones?
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Computing has always moved forwards in jumps of scale, but smartphones reach everyone on earth, so what’s the next jump? AV and VR? Cloud, machine learning and crypto? Or is that the wrong model to use?

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket
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The test flight didn’t come close to the edge of space, but the prototype was a big step toward the rocket’s first orbital mission.

The world's first DNA 'tricorder' in your pocket
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists developed the world's first mobile genome sequence analyzer, a new iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a handheld DNA sequencer, users can create a mobile genetics laboratory, reminiscent of the "tricorder" featured in Star Trek. The iGenomics app runs entirely on the iOS device, reducing the need for laptops or large equipment in the field, which is useful for pandemic and ecology workers. Aspyn Palatnick programmed i…

EU pushes for 'right to disconnect' from work at home
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With more people working from home during the pandemic, the boundaries between job and life are blurred. Lawmakers in the EU want to give workers the "right to disconnect," whereas Germany is looking at tax breaks.

In September 2020, for the first time in European history, registrations for electrified vehicles overtook diesel
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Total number of electrified cars registered in September was higher than the number of registrations for diesel cars in Europe

How Iceland is undoing carbon emissions for good
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Carbon emissions are causing climate change – so rather than sending carbon dioxide into the sky, in Iceland, some are turning it into stone.

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret
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The company is building a massive centrifuge to accelerate rockets and send them screaming into space.

Microneedle patch tests for malaria without needing to draw blood
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Malaria is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, with testing for the disease involving blood sampling and then trained medical professionals to reach a result. Engineers at Rice University have designed a new bandage-like microneedle device that could greatly improve access to…

All systems go for UK’s £55M fusion energy experiment
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Clean energy from fusion is a step closer with the launch of the MAST Upgrade tokamak. For the first time, after a seven-year build, UKAEA’s £55M-machine,

Ambitious but controversial: Japan's new hydrogen project
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Japan's new 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality has thrown a spotlight on its efforts to find new, greener fuel options, including an ambitious but controversial liquid hydrogen venture.

Talking on the moon: Nasa and Nokia to install 4G on lunar surface
theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/20… 
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Move is part of US space agency’s plan to establish a long-term human presence on the moon by 2030