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    [October 2nd, 2018] Sci-Tech News Megapack

    Pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine offers hope for third generation approach

    Researchers from the University of Oxford's Department of Zoology have demonstrated pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine in a new paper published in Nature Communications.

    Influenza is thought to be a highly variable virus, able to mutate and escape immunity built up in the population due to its circulation in previous seasons. However, influenza seasons tend to be dominated by a limited number of antigenically and genetically distinct influenza viruses. This creates a paradox as influenza is thought of as being highly variable while in reality influenza seasons are dominated by only a few strains.

    Mathematical models produced in Professor Sunetra Gupta's group at the University of Oxford over the past 20 years have sought to find an answer to this paradox. Finally, through a collaborative approach across multiple departments, the group believes they have the answer.

    The Open Insulin Project: A Case Study for ‘Biohacked’ Medicines

    New innovation ecosystems for drug discovery and development are emerging.

    Members of the ‘do-it-yourself biology’ community, sometimes called ‘biohackers,’ are contributing to this new frontier by experimenting with the development of medical treatments and devices.

    An initiative known as the Open Insulin Project is working to develop a protocol for insulin production in order to sidestep intellectual property.

    Scientists Discover How to 'Upload Knowledge to Your Brain'

    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life imitating art”.

    They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality. In the neo-noir sci-fi classic, protagonist Neo is able to learn kung fu in seconds after the martial art is ‘uploaded’ straight to his brain.

    A decade of commercial space travel – what’s next?

    In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all three.

    But 10 years ago, none of those innovations were guaranteed. In fact, on Sept. 28, 2008, an entire company watched and hoped as their flagship product attempted a final launch after three failures. With cash running low, this was the last shot. Over 21,000 kilograms of kerosene and liquid oxygen ignited and powered two booster stages off the launchpad.

    When that Falcon 1 rocket successfully reached orbit and the company secured a subsequent contract with NASA, SpaceX had survived its ‘startup dip’. That milestone – the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit – ignited a new space industry that is changing our world, on this planet and beyond. What has happened in the intervening years, and what does it mean going forward?

    Lexar shows massive one terabyte SD and microSD memory cards

    Lexar is planning on launching 1TB SDXC and microSD cards in early next year, it was announced at Photokina 2018. The monster capacity cards, which will have more memory storage than most people's laptops, will both offer a speed rating of 633x, and a data transmission of 95MB/s. The video speed rating will be V30.

    Lexar has also announced that is ready to launch a CFExpress format card – as soon as there are cameras that use this new class of high-speed card.

    BrainNet allows three people to communicate using brainwaves to play Tetris

    A combined team of researchers from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University has developed what they call BrainNet —a system that allows three people to communicate with one another using only brain waves. They have written a paper describing their system and how well it works and have posted it on the arXiv preprint server.

    Prior research has shown that it is possible for two people to collaborate to a limited extent using brain waves to play a video game. In this new effort, the researchers have extended the idea to include a third person.
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    Uploading knowledge into the brain? This is starting to get really exciting now! Soon we'll have to implant that 1TB MicroSD card into your head to store all that stuff. Seriously, we seem to be making some good strides to get to the sci-fi future we hope for.
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