Science

Self-Driving Cars

Last month, the already-innovative company Uber launched its first self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, USA. Goodbye sharing economy, hello robot-driven market. It joins companies such as Tesla, Google and Ford in the race for the ultimate autonomous car. The car that will not only calculate the shortest route to work, or control your cruising speed on the highway, but allow you ...

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The Sokolov Effect

To explain the Sokolov effect, and why it has been mainly forgotten by society, we first have to understand the life of the man that gave it its name. Vasily Sokolov was born in 1884 in Minsk (current capital of Belarus). Son of Andrei Ilya Sokolov, bourgeois descent, and Maria Orlov, youngest daughter of an influential nobleman. He had a ...

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Story by: Joanna Kritikou Remember the ice bucket challenge? It actually directly funded a major breakthrough in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Whole-exome analyses of 1,022 familial ALS (FALS) cases and 7,315 controls were conducted, making it the largest ever study of genetically inherited ALS. Researchers identified a significant association between loss-of-function NEK1 variants and FALS risk. Even though NEK1 ...

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A Silicon future. New startups aim to connect brain and machine.

The Wall Street Journal reported last March that Elon Musk is backing up a neuroscience tech called Neuralink that has the modest aim to enhance the human brain by connecting it to a computer. The Silicon Valley billionaire and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been discussing the “neural lace” concept since 2016 as means to make humans keep pace ...

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What makes a scientist? Antonie van Leeuwenhoes and the lenses that changed our view of the world.

Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? And who decides? Story by: Caitrin Crudden In the 17th century, our view of the world ...

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A scientific glimpse into a perpetual battle

In the 1960s Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed during a road race and died of an alleged overdose of amphetamines and a vasodilator that he took as performance enhancers. The case raised an international discussion that swelled into the very first doping scandal. The war on doping had officially begun. Story By; Marianna Tampere ...

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Story By; Yildiz Kelahmetoglu & Ben Libberton Alzheimer drug that treats your teeth Researchers at King’s College London have found a natural way of repairing tooth cavities without the need for cement filling. A drug developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease also happened to regenerate dentine, a mineralized material that protects the tooth, by stimulating stem cells contained in the tooth ...

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Exercise in a pill: A distant dream or the near future?

Story By; Yildiz Kelahmetoglu & Ben Libberton Exercised muscle will help eliminate substances that can accumulate in the brain under stress or pathological conditions and can be toxic to your brain – Associate Professor Jorge Ruas It’s the future and it’s time to work out. You’re not going to a gym of course. Such barbaric practices have been banned for ...

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Private space exploration: Will SpaceX take us where no one has gone before?

SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is a company that develops space rockets to send payloads, containing cargo or passengers, into space. SpaceX’s ultimate vision is to give people the opportunity to live on other planets, with Mars as the first goal. The company is currently working to land a spacecraft on Mars as early as 2018. Story By: Patrick Bjärterot ...

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