Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not so well yet in more common ones like lung cancer.… Read the rest
The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.… Read the rest
This week saw fidget spinners engage in combat, a casino get hacked through their fish tank, and a writer lament about her body modification.
Carlos Rafael was a fishing magnate in America’s most lucrative port. As he faces sentencing for a scheme to cheat fishing quotas, many worry about the fate of local jobs if his empire is dismantled.
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HBO has optioned the novel Who Fears Death by sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor. And the man behind GoT — George R.R. Martin — is at the helm.
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Humanity might have saved itself a lot of trouble in the long run by investing in the Einstein-Szilard approach to cooling water with fire.… Read the rest
Mathematical insights into how RNA helps viruses pull together their protein shells could guide future studies of viral behavior and function.… Read the rest
A German energy company recently announced that it’s partnering with a university to build a massive flow battery in underground salt caverns that are currently used to store natural gas. The grid-tied battery, the company says, would be able to power Berlin for an hour.
The technology that the project is based on should be familiar to Ars readers. Two years ago, Ars wrote about an academic paper published in Nature that described “a recipe for an affordable, safe, and scalable flow battery.” German researchers had developed better components for a large, stationary battery that used negatively and positively charged liquid electrolyte pools to exchange electrons through a reasonably priced membrane. These so-called “flow batteries” are particularly interesting for grid use—they have… Read the rest
From tiny, dissolving needles to high-powered liquid streams and nasal sprays, scientists are developing alternatives to typical vaccinations.
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Being able to grow your own new organs may be in reach—with some cellular assembly required.
With a carefully constructed clump of cells, mice grew their own functional human liver organoids in a matter of months, researchers report this week in Science Translational Medicine. The cellular organ seeds blossomed in the rodents, expanding 50-fold in that time. They appeared to form complex liver structures, tap into vasculature, and carry out the functions of a normal liver. The critical factor in getting the organoids to take root, the authors report, was having the seed cells arranged just right.
Though the organ seeds are far from any clinical application, researchers are hopeful that they’ll one day be… Read the rest
An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan’s destroyed nuclear plant.… Read the rest