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“The World in 2025″ Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

“The World in 2025″ Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies
In a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025. Further, the report states genomic testing and manipulation will be common and lead to better prevention and treatment of diseases. Cancer treatments will be more targeted and less toxic. The world’s infrastructure will be smart, connected, and responsive to our needs. We’ll no longer grapple with food shortages and price volatility. And scientists will begin experimenting with teleportation of stuff, if not humans. The report is an extrapolation of today’s emerging technologies. Of course, predicting the future is a tricky business. We tend to expect too much or too little of known technologies and get blindsided by unforeseen developments. How will this list hold up? Without further ado, however, the list. “Cancer Treatments Have Very Few Toxic Side Effects”Targeted drug treatment will be far more personalized and accurate.

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Scientists Create Functioning Whole Organ From Cells For the first time, researchers have been able to develop a functional thymus by using reprogrammed lab-created cells. The research was led by Clare Blackburn MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the paper was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology. The thymus is the organ responsible for the maturation of T cells, which are essential to a functional immune system. Disease and aging can compromise the thymus, though some birth defects like DiGeorge syndrome will fail to fully form the organ at all. Deuterium Deuterium (symbol D or 2H, also known as heavy hydrogen) is one of two stable isotopes of hydrogen. The nucleus of deuterium, called a deuteron, contains one proton and one neutron, whereas the far more common hydrogen isotope, protium, has no neutron in the nucleus. Deuterium has a natural abundance in Earth's oceans of about one atom in 7003642000000000000♠6420 of hydrogen. Thus deuterium accounts for approximately 0.0156% (or on a mass basis 0.0312%) of all the naturally occurring hydrogen in the oceans, while the most common isotope (hydrogen-1 or protium) accounts for more than 99.98%. The abundance of deuterium changes slightly from one kind of natural water to another (see Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water).

The Universe Is Dying We’re all screwed. Well, if you’re planning to stick around for a few more billion years. Researchers have found that galaxies are losing energy at a rather alarming rate, and confirm that all energy in the universe will eventually dissipate into nothingness. A study of 200,000 galaxies found they had lost half their energy in just two billion years. Which New Technology Will Win the Race to Repair and Replace Our Organs? An extraordinary competition is underway—one that could be more impactful to the human species than any other technological rivalry to come before it. Soon, the radical concept of substantially improving or outright replacing our organs is going to be commonplace. Globally, organ failure is a leading cause of death. But transplantable organs are in far too short of a supply around the world to help many in need—even former Vice President Dick Cheney had to wait 20 months to get his new heart.

Biofuels From Algae, Wood Chips Are Approved for Use by Passenger Airlines Airlines won the backing of a U.S.- based technical-standards group to power their planes with a blend of traditional fuel and biofuel from inedible plants, the Air Transport Association said today. Fuel processed from organic waste or non-food materials, such as algae or wood chips, may comprise as much as 50 percent of the total fuel burned to power passenger flights, ATA spokesman Steve Lott and a Boeing Co. (BA) official told Bloomberg. “The real winners of this type of regulatory breakthrough will be technology companies involved in the production of aviation biofuels,” said Harry Boyle, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. “The biotech-biofuels business models of Amyris Inc. (AMRS), Codexis Inc.

New wonder drug matches and kills all kinds of cancer — human testing starts 2014 Stanford researchers are on track to begin human trials of a potentially potent new weapon against cancer, and would-be participants are flooding in following the Post’s initial report on the discovery. The progress comes just two months after the groundbreaking study by Dr Irv Weissman, who developed an antibody that breaks down a cancer’s defense mechanisms in the body. A protein called CD47 tells the body not to “eat” the cancer, but the antibody developed by Dr Weissman blocks CD47 and frees up immune cells called macrophages — which can then engulf the deadly cells. The new research shows the miraculous macrophages effectively act as intelligence gatherers for the body, pointing out cancerous cells to cancer-fighting “killer T” cells.

Warren Field Warren Field is the location of a mesolithic calendar monument built about 8,000 BCE.[1] It includes 12 pits believed to correlate with phases of the Moon and used as a lunar calendar.[1] It is considered to be the oldest lunar calendar yet found.[2][3][4] It is near Crathes Castle, in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland, in the United Kingdom. It was originally discovered from the air as anomalous terrain by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.[1] It was first excavated in 2004. See also[edit] References[edit]

Will machines eventually take on every job? It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is currently the most popular job in 29 states. It’s not that truck driving is a particularly sought after career path, however. Rather, it is simply one that is available and pays decently. Spray-On Nanofibres Bind Surgical Wounds Polymer nanofibres can be sprayed onto surgical incisions, sealing them to prevent infection. The process may be used in addition to sutures, but may also remove the need for them in some cases. The potential of mats of polymer nanofibers has been recognized for some time. They can seal up wounds, biodegrade so they don't need to be removed, and be impregnated with slow release drugs.

Nano-balls filled with poison wipe out metastatic cancer in mice For most cancer patients, it’s not the original tumor that poses the greatest risk. It’s the metastases that invade the lung, liver, and other tissues. Now, researchers have come up with an approach that tricks these spinoff tumors into swallowing poison.

A Simple Daily Pregnancy Pill Could Boost Population IQ And Save The NHS Money An estimated 1.9 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, a medical condition that can stunt your brain power. Iodine deficiency – which can be avoided by eating seafood, cereal and cow’s milk (due to iodine in cattle feed) – doesn’t just affect the developing world. Up to one-third of children in Europe are thought to need more iodine in their diets. Smart Artificial Skin Could Give Prosthetic Limbs Feeling Scientists have created a smart prosthetic skin that’s stretchy and warm like real skin, and is jammed with tiny sensors that can pick up a variety of environmental cues such as heat, pressure and moisture. Although it’s early days yet, the dream is that with further development, it could transmit sensory information to the brains of amputees to give prosthetic limbs feeling. Artificial limbs have come on in leaps and bounds recently. Scientists have 3D printed prosthetic arms, created artificial limbs that can be controlled by the user’s nerves or brain, and even designed prosthetic skin that is self-healing or 1,000 times more sensitive than human skin.

Astronomers Discover the Biggest Structure in the Known Universe A New Find As if staring up at the night sky didn’t make us feel small already, astronomers have recently announced the discovery of the BOSS Great Wall, a group of superclusters that span roughly 1 billion light-years across and represents thelargest structure ever found in space. The BOSS Great Wall, which sounds aptly named for its size but actually stands for the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, is a string of superclusters connected by gases lying roughly 4.5 to 6.5 billion light-years away from Earth. Thanks to gravity, these superclusters stay connected and swirl together through the void of space. According to Joshua Sokol at New Scientist, the megastructure discovered by a team from the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics is composed of 830 separate galaxies and has a mass 10,000 times greater than the Milky Way.