Kiran Anandampillai

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A Stunning Breakthrough in the Fight Against a Devastating Blood Disease

In 1976, my final year of medical school, I travelled abroad and spent several months working in the hematology clinic at Hadassah Hospital, in Jerusalem. Every day, I attended to children and teen-agers suffering from a blood disorder called beta thalassemia. They were easy to identify in the …

Medicine

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But a new breakthrough at MIT enables researchers to spool out …

Nanotech

Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in …

University of Michigan

Scientists Just Grew a Whole Salad in Antarctica, Without Any Daylight or Soil

Lettuce, cucumbers, and radishes.<p>If we're ever going to make the long trip to Mars and then colonise the place, we'll need a lot of food. If we can …

Aquaponics

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT Media Lab's headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.<p>I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to …

MIT Media Lab

Memory-boosting brain prosthesis shows impressive results in human trials

A DARPA-funded study has raised the possibility of memory-enhancing brain prostheses. Following animal research that had returned successful results, …

The Brain

Google's talking AI is indistinguishable from humans

Tacotron 2 is Google's new text-to-speech system, and as heard in the samples below, it sounds indistinguishable from humans.<p>From Quartz:<p>The system …

Columbia University

Water purification breakthrough can even clean water from the Dead Sea

Despite all our advances, access to clean water is still a major problem – not just for developing nations, but here in the US, where water shortages …

Water

The Guardian view on nuclear fusion: a moment of truth

Until recently the attractions and drawbacks of nuclear fusion reactors were largely theoretical. Within a decade this will not be the case<p>One of the cliches of nuclear power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only ever a few decades away – and always will be. So claims that the …

Energy

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Researchers say it’s a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage<p>Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale …

Clean Energy

This Shop in Amsterdam Just Proved More Than 700 Groceries Can Be Sold Plastic-Free

This is the future.<p>A supermarket in Amsterdam opened Wednesday with an aisle that has more than 700 grocery items - and no plastic.<p>The store, …

Toyota develops new lower-cost, less-resource-intensive magnet for EVs

Its new magnet technology dramatically reduces the need for expensive rare-earth minerals with little to no drop in performance.<p>Electric car development is putting a more significant strain than ever on the world's supply of neodymium, an element used in the manufacture of electric motors. Toyota …

Electric Vehicles

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

There’s a new contender in the quest for the next superbattery

It’s been nearly 40 years since the battery world had a major shake up. In 1980, a researcher at England’s University of Oxford made the first …

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices …

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Fossil Fuels

Handheld device sequences human genome

<b>Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome.</b><p>They say the feat, detailed in the journal Nature Biotechnology, opens up exciting possibilities for using genetics in routine medicine.<p>It is a far cry from the effort to sequence the first human genome …

Genetics

Major breakthrough towards universal cancer blood test

Scientists have made significant progress towards a universal blood test for cancer. This would radically change diagnosis, treatment and crucially survival rates for sufferers.<p>In a huge breakthrough in the world of science, a new blood test aims to identify cancers before they develop. Called …

Cancer

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Wounds Heal Without Scars

Like it never happened.<p>Whether it's from a surgical procedure, clumsy shaving, or that traumatic biking incident that happened when you were five, …

University of Pennsylvania

This tiny robot moves so fast it’s just a blur on camera

It makes up to 75 motions a second and could be used to correct surgeons’ hand tremors during operations<p>Researchers at Harvard have created a new robot that’s the smallest, fastest, and most precise of its kind. It’s called the milliDelta, and can move so quickly — up to 75 motions a second — that …

Robotics

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

A plastic-like material may do for solar power what high-performance electrical batteries have done for iPhones and Tesla cars.<p>Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a …

Clean Energy

France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …

Sustainability

Bulletproof Graphene: Paper-Thin Material Becomes Harder Than Diamonds On Impact

Graphene has revolutionized material science. This super-tight sheet of Carbon atoms is thinner than a sheet of paper but has some amazing physical …

This Is Why Blockchains Will Transform Healthcare

The blockchain revolution has made its way to the healthcare industry, and it’s only the beginning of what’s possible. Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain, a study from IBM, found that 16% of surveyed healthcare executives had solid plans to implement a commercial blockchain solution this year, while …

Blockchain

Laser-driven fusion energy leaves no radioactive waste - and it's within reach

Dramatic advances in lasers could get us closer to fusion energy. An international team of 11 scientists is pursuing what was once thought to be …

You'll Be Stunned by How Many Cancer Immunotherapies Are Being Developed

But is "the more the merrier" really "the more the messier"?<p>For years, chemotherapy was the best treatment that the world of medicine had to offer in …

This Extremely Common Drug Given to Alcoholics Also Kills Cancer Cells, and We Finally Know Why

Disulfiram (Antabuse) is a drug given to alcoholics to prevent them from drinking, but for decades doctors have noticed the medication appears to …

Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually <i>make</i> anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing …

3D Printing

Scientific breakthrough? Experts find way to reverse aging

It's understood that degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and cancer can make a person's “golden years” look pretty bleak. However, there’s some hope on the horizon thanks to some new research from England. A research team at the University of Exeter has found a way to possibly stave off these …

Immune System

Mozilla’s open source voice recognition tool nears human-like accuracy

Mozilla has released an open source voice recognition tool that it says is “close to human level performance,” and free for developers to plug into their projects.<p>The free-software company also on Wednesday released a first set of crowdsourced recordings under its Common Voice project, designed to …

Machine Learning