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Real-Life Star Trek Tractor Beams Will Change How We Practice Medicine. By Natalie Shoemaker Imagine going into the doctor and having a blood clot or cell inside your body moved or manipulated without any incisions.

Real-Life Star Trek Tractor Beams Will Change How We Practice Medicine

The future may be closer than you think. The non-invasive procedures of the Star Trek universe — a quick scan and a hypo-spray — is an optimistic wish for the future of medicine. The researchers of today from several universities have developed an acoustic tractor beam that could further minimize the way doctors practice surgery. It's possible the surgical practices of today will be looked at by future generations as medieval. New Bladeless Wind Turbine Claimed to be Twice as Efficient as Conventional Designs. © Saphon When it comes to the future of wind power, one company thinks it looks a lot different than you would expect, and cheaper and more efficient to boot.

New Bladeless Wind Turbine Claimed to be Twice as Efficient as Conventional Designs

Saphon, out of Tunisia, is interested in finding partners to mass-produce and market their unique wind energy device, based on their own Zero Blade technology. "The Zero-Blade Technology is largely inspired from the sailboat and is likely to increase the efficiency of the current wind power conversion devices.

The blades are replaced by a sail shaped body while both hub and gearbox are removed. " SLIDESHOW Wind Energy Today: A Look at Wind Energy Projects Around The World According to the company, their zero-blade technology devices are capable of overcoming the Betz' limit, which states that no turbine can capture more than 59.3 percent of the kinetic energy of the wind. Is Cohousing the Future? (Infographic) Is cohousing, the collaborative, intentional community of individual, private homes, the future of urban design?

Is Cohousing the Future? (Infographic)

Compared to the isolated way some people live, and considering that over 50 percent of those in the United Kingdom don’t know their neighbors, this could seem like an extreme lifestyle change. He Attaches An Extra Wheel To His Wheelchair, And It's Ground Breaking. New Protein Supercharges Immune System to Fight Cancer. By Orion Jones Scientists have discovered a new protein that appears to supercharge the body's own immune system, allowing it to compete against cancerous cells in ways that were previously impossible.

New Protein Supercharges Immune System to Fight Cancer

Called LEM, or lymphocyte expansion molecule, the newly discovered protein molecule allows the immune system to continuously produce high quantities of T cells, which are the body's natural defense against cancer. "This is a completely unknown protein. Nobody had ever seen it before or was even aware that it existed. It looks and acts like no other protein," said professor Philip Ashton-Rickardt, from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College, UK, who led the study. When cancer first attacks the body, the immune system responds by sending T cells to the site of the mutated, cancerous cells. Researchers hope their discovery will result in a gene therapy that allows the T cells of cancer patients to be enhanced by the LEM protein, then injected back into their body. The Giant Rats That Save Lives. This video is not currently supported on your browser.

The Giant Rats That Save Lives

Advertisement Continue reading the main story Video MALANJE, Angola — I’M walking in a minefield here in rural Angola, tailing a monster rat. An Alternative to the Modern Day Torture Device Called 'Your Desk' By Natalie Shoemaker Even equipped with the knowledge that sitting for long periods of time is awful for our bodies, not much has changed about the office.

An Alternative to the Modern Day Torture Device Called 'Your Desk'

We still sit at desks, bent over our keyboards. Altwork wants to give people another way to work. It's no treadmill desk; rather it's a product that tries to make the office a little more comfortable. “We aren’t trying for a general-purpose desk. Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline. The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.

Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline

Scientists say bees — crucial to pollinate many crops — have been hurt by a combination of declining nutrition, mites, disease, and pesticides. The federal plan is an "all hands on deck" strategy that calls on everyone from federal bureaucrats to citizens to do what they can to save bees, which provide more than $15 billion in value to the U.S. economy, according to White House science adviser John Holdren. "Pollinators are struggling," Holdren said in a blog post, citing a new federal survey that found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives. The plan calls for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years. --- The Associated Press.

He had an epiphany while living in a dumpster. And it could help change the future of housing. He was living in a dumpster when the idea first came to him.

He had an epiphany while living in a dumpster. And it could help change the future of housing.

His name's Jeff Wilson — Dr. Jeff Wilson, actually. He's a professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, known fondly on campus as "Professor Dumpster. " Photo by Jeff Wilson/Wikimedia Commons. Wilson made himself the guinea pig in a year-long experiment on sustainable living.