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Safer vaccine created without virus

British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday.
"Unlike traditional vaccines, there is no chance that the empty-shell vaccine could revert to an infectious form."
- Dave Stuart, Life Sciences Director at Diamond, and MRC Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Oxford

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Asahi’s auto glass blocks UV, filters out IR rays

via Giz Mag | Fri December 21, 2012
As prolonged exposure to sunlight increasingly becomes a health hazard, causing skin problems and even cancer, automakers have started to incorporate glass that blocks harmful ultraviolet light.

New Microscopy Technique Can See The Lengths Of Atomic Bonds

via Popular Science | Tue December 11, 2012
For the first time, scientists have used an imaging technique that’s so precise that it’s possible to see the different lengths of individual atomic bonds.

New radio telescope to watch for solar flares

via GizMag | Wed December 05, 2012
After a long eight-year wait, the building of Australia's Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope has finally reached completion. The radio telescope's first major task will be to investigate the Sun to provide earlier warnings of solar storms that, if left unchecked, could fry satellites and power grids across the globe.

Mind-controlled helicopter aids concentration

via CNN | Mon November 26, 2012
A toy helicopter controlled by nothing but brainwaves could be available to the public just in time to hover under this year's Christmas tree.

Fighting cancer with cell phones

via CNN | Sat November 24, 2012
Only innovation can reduce illness and poverty in Africa, according to a program that is funding creative approaches to healthcare in developing countries.

Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

via Popular Science | Wed November 14, 2012
A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

New Water Treatment Process Could Help Bring Dead Zones Back to Life

via Triple Pundit | Tue October 09, 2012
Employing a new tertiary wastewater treatment process reduced levels of phosphorous and trace pollutants in urban wastewater effluent below EPA safe levels, researchers from Veolia Water, Kruger and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found.

Energy from Solar Power now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in 105 Countries

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Sun September 30, 2012
Solar installations are rocketing worldwide as solar electricity becomes cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels – it’s already happened in 105 countries.

Tesla Unveils Solar Powered Charging Stations

via Triple Pundit | Sun September 30, 2012
Tesla Motors unveiled the first of its six Supercharger stations in six California locations (Folsom, Gilroy, Coalinga, Lebec, Barstow and Hawthorne).

Europe Now Creates Enough Solar Power to Fuel Austria

via Triple Pundit | Wed September 26, 2012
Europe now generates 52 gigawatts of solar energy, which is still only 2 percent of the continent’s total power output–but enough to fuel all of Austria according to various news sources.

Robots join the fight against cancer

via BBC | Fri September 21, 2012
The researchers hope that snake robots could help spot and remove tumours more effectively.

Spotting Cancer Cells in Blood With a 27-Picosecond Camera

Story contains video via Popular Science | Mon August 13, 2012
A simple blood test that offers early detection of cancer in the human body has long eluded medical researchers, but a team at UCLA is getting closer.

Community-Owned Solar Power on the Rise in the U.S.

via Triple Pundit | Sat August 11, 2012
Conditions are right for growth in community-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

Google Unveils Ultrafast Web Service

via Discovery News | Fri July 27, 2012
Google on Thursday unveiled an ultrafast Web service along with an Internet television subscription in the Kansas City area as part of a pilot project to boost broadband speeds. The Google Fiber superfast broadband network will be available starting in September, with one-gigabyte per second speeds -- about 100 times faster than most current Internet subscriptions.

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