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Aug 20, 2021

Chinese Space Station taikonauts conduct second spacewalk

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

The crew of Shenzhou-12 has conducted the second spacewalk of the mission, and the second spacewalk of the new Chinese Space Station’s lifetime. The extravehicular activity (EVA) comes two months into their planned 90-day mission in low Earth orbit.

Mission commander Nie Haisheng and first operator Liu Boming exited the Tianhe core module at 00:38 UTC on Friday, August 20. The goals of the EVA included the installation of a new panoramic camera (known as Panoramic Camera D) as well as a backup thermal control pump. Second operator Tang Hongbo stayed inside the station to support the two spacewalkers, similar to how crew onboard the International Space Station support American and Russian spacewalks.

Haisheng and Boming exited the depressurized docking node of the Tianhe module, which is being used as an EVA airlock until the Wentian lab module, equipped with its own airlock for crewmembers, arrives in the spring of 2022. Panoramic Camera D was successfully installed, and the station was prepared for future EVAs and module installations. To that end, the taikonauts finished installing additional foot restraints onto the station as well as a work platform on the station’s robotic arm.

Aug 20, 2021

Einstein’s E=mc2 equation creates matter from light for first time

Posted by in categories: information science, physics

Albert Einstein’s most famous equation, E = mc2, used in the theory of general relativity, has been used to create matter from light, scientists have said in a new study.

Researchers from New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory used the Department of Energy’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), ordinarily used for nuclear physics research, to speed up two gold ions that are positively charged, in a loop.

Aug 20, 2021

Tell us your ideas for robot Spot and join Outsight Network

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Spot is onsite at the Autodesk Technology Center in Boston. Learn how you can join them to research robotics in construction innovations and efficiencies.


CFP to explore new uses for robot dog Spot with Autodesk.

Aug 20, 2021

AI Blood Test Can Spot Lung Cancers With 90 Percent Accuracy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Researchers at the Baltimore-based biotech company Delfi Diagnostics have developed a machine learning-based blood testing technology that could greatly help detect early stages of lung cancer.


The researchers are hoping that improved screening and detection technologies could allow more cases of lung cancer to be spotted earlier, which could greatly improve outcomes.

“These results suggest that the Delfi lung cancer screening technology could help reduce lung cancer deaths by offering a convenient, high-performing test to people who are [United States Preventive Services Taskforce] eligible,” Delfi CMO Peter Bach said in a statement.

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Aug 20, 2021

Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Bot in 10 minutes

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

At Tesla AI Day, Elon Musk and his team of engineers unveil a prototye humanoid robot, the Tesla Bot. In addition, the status of the company’s full self driving technology.

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Aug 20, 2021

New clue to human evolution’s biggest mystery emerges in Philippines

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, genetics, sex

Denisovan DNA lives on in some humans today because, once our Homo sapien ancestors encountered the Denisovans, they had sex with them and gave birth to babies — something geneticists call admixture. By analyzing current-day genetic data, we can look back into human history.


Geneticists have found that a Philippine ethnic group known as the Ayta Magbukon has the highest level of Denisovan ancestry in the world.

Aug 20, 2021

Scientists Just Created a Supersolid State of Matter in a New Dimension

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Researchers have developed a the first two-dimensional supersolid! And it could open a new spectrum of quantum weirdness for further studies.

Aug 20, 2021

Lab-made mini brains grow their own sets of ‘eyes’

Posted by in category: neuroscience

A group of scientists has grown mini brains that have something their real counterparts do not: a set of eye-like structures called “optic cups” that give rise to the retina.

Aug 20, 2021

Inspiration4: How Netflix and SpaceX are about to open up spaceflight

Posted by in categories: education, space travel

Inspiration4 is preparing for liftoff.


The all-civilian mission is not only the first of its kind in history. It also marks a milestone for Musk’s company, which hopes to one day help humans live across the galaxy.

This is a huge, fairly sci-fi goal, but the trailblazing Inspiration4 crew could help the general public believe in it. And a Netflix documentary certainly doesn’t hurt.

Aug 20, 2021

Synthetic Biology Approaches for Engineering Next-Generation Adenoviral Gene Therapies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, chemistry, genetics, nanotechnology, neuroscience

I am pleased to announce that my lead-author review paper has been published in ACS Nano! If you are interested in learning about the convergence of synthetic biology and adenoviral gene therapy, I encourage you to check out my paper.

If you cannot access the full text, I have also posted a local copy at the following link: https://logancollinsblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/synthet…s-2021.pdf.

#ACS #ACSNano #SyntheticBiology #GeneTherapy #Biology #Biotech #Science #Biotechnology #Nanotechnology #Adenovirus #Engineering #Virology

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