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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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New Microscopy Technique Can See The Lengths Of Atomic Bonds

via Popular Science | Tue December 11, 2012
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via CNN | Mon November 26, 2012
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Fighting cancer with cell phones

via CNN | Sat November 24, 2012
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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.

Robots join the fight against cancer

via BBC | Fri September 21, 2012
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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.

‘Air’ Batteries Could Energize Evs

via Discovery News | Fri July 20, 2012
Researchers in the UK say they have made a key step in development of a lithium-air battery, a device that promises three to five times as much energy per unit mass as the existing lithium-ion batteries that we use in our consumer devices and electric vehicles.

Vaccine and antibiotics stabilized so refrigeration is not needed

via Intern Daily | Thu July 12, 2012
Researchers have developed a new silk-based stabilizer that will provide a new avenue toward eliminating the need to keep some vaccines and antibiotics refrigerated, which could save billions of dollars every year and increase accessibility to third world populations.

Experimental headlight system can see through rain and snow

via GizMag | Fri July 06, 2012
Driving at night in falling rain or snow can be treacherous, but not just because the asphalt is slippery – visibility is also greatly reduced, as the driver’s view of the road ahead is obscured by brightly headlight-lit raindrops or snowflakes. In the future, however, that may not be so much of a problem. A team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Prof. Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed an experimental headlight system that renders most foreground precipitation virtually invisible, while still adequately illuminating the road beyond.

American Scientists Make Great Leap in Battery Technology

via New York Times | Fri March 02, 2012
Envia Systems, a battery maker based in California, announced on Monday what it called a “major breakthrough” in lithium-ion cell technology that would result in a significant increase in the energy density — and a sharp reduction in the cost — of lithium-ion battery packs

New system could eventually ‘eliminate’ batteries

via Deccan Chronicle | Wed February 22, 2012
Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire have developed a technique for powering electronic devices using only radio waves, which they claim could eventually eliminate the need for conventional batteries.

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

via GizMag | Mon December 26, 2011
We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers have successfully lab-tested a plasma "brush" that can painlessly clean and prep cavities so well, there's no need for mechanical abrasion prior to filling.

Artificial Intestines near reality

via Discovery News | Mon December 19, 2011
Science has given us working artificial hearts, hips, limbs and bladders, and even a trachea. But no one has successfully created an artificial intestine, until now.

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