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Programmable Liquid Droplets from MIT Improve Every Aspect of Lab Work

https://blog.hackster.io/programmable-liquid-droplets-from-mit-improve-every-aspect-of-lab-work-59425428590f This special a lab-on-a-chip can programmatically move tiny droplets of liquids. This chip is a printed circuit board (PCB) with an array of small metallic plates that can be charged or discharged individually. When a droplet of liquid is resting on the board, that charging/discharging can precisely move it using the principle of electrowetting.

Artificial Intelligence Recreates Images From Inside The Human Brain | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/artificial-intelligence-recreates-images-from-inside-the-human-brain/?utm_source=Editorial&utm_medium=Static&utm_campaign=JC This looks like wild sci-fi: A team of researchers say they have used machine-learning to recreate images in our brains, from pictures subjects were looking at to things they remember seeing. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team said they were able to reconstruct images seen by our brains.

It’s surprisingly easy to program living tissue to form new 3D shapes | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/28/its-surprisingly-easy-to-program-living-tissue-to-form-new-3d-shapes/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook The boundary between biology and technology blurs further and further as researchers make discoveries. Now it seems that it’s relatively simple to essentially hack living tissue by programming a pattern into cells, making them grow and fold on their own into shapes like bowls, coils, and boxes. The DNA patterns result in layers of

Engineers produce breakthrough sensor for photography, life sciences, security

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-12-breakthrough-sensor-photography-life-sciences.html Engineers from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering have produced a new imaging technology that may revolutionize low light imaging. Called the Quanta Image Sensor, or QIS, this new light sensing technologyenables highly sensitive digital imaging in low light situations. QIS technology is able to reliably capture and count single photons, with resolution as high as one megapixel.  This

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

http://www.sciencealert.com/people-who-pick-up-grammar-mistakes-jerks-scientists-find Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have “less agreeable” personalities than those who just let them slide. And those friends who are super-sensitive to typos on your Facebook page? Psychological testing reveals they’re generally less open, and are also more likely to be judging.  “This is the

Here’s How Your Beliefs Are Linked To Different Types Of Science Denial | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/heres-how-your-beliefs-are-linked-to-different-types-of-science-denial/  There’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. There is, however, a difference between skeptical claims without substantial evidence to back them up, and being a skeptic on vaccines or human-driven climate change. Both are backed up by a gigantic mountain of facts, so why are certain groups of people still keen to rally against them? A new study

MRAM-like Device Could Make Logic Run Backwards

https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/devices/mramlike-device-could-make-logic-run-backwards This is an interesting idea: Engineers at Purdue University and the University of California at Berkeley have discovered that a simple combination of commonly available devices creates a computing element that could lead to some truly strange circuits: logic that can perform its inverse operation. Some important aspects of modern computing—notably encryption—depend on there being

Sugar Industry Buried Evidence Of Links To Cancer And Heart Disease For Half A Century | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/sugar-industry-buried-evidence-links-cancer-heart-disease-half-century/all/ The US government has only recently updated its health guidelines to advise people to cut out a lot of sugar from their diets, but as highlighted in two recent studies, the sugar industry has been aware of its dangers for at least half a century. It’s worth remembering that plenty of industry research is