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Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'

Dutch officials toasted on Tuesday the opening of what is being called the world's first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is primarily meant to be …

Ecology

Scientists Have Worked Out How To Save A 'Dead' Heart After A Heart Attack

This is pretty incredible stuff.<p>Surviving a heart attack is only half of the battle as 20% of patients will go on to have another cardiac arrest …

Heart Attacks

Leukemia: Cancer cells killed off with diabetes drug

Scientists may have found an innovative way to kill off cancer cells in acute myeloid leukemia, all the while preserving and regenerating healthy red …

Medicine

Dolphins have ‘human-like’ societies...but are held back by a lack of opposable thumbs, say scientists

Whales and dolphins live in human-like societies and share similar brain evolution to primates and man, scientist have concluded.<p>A new study which looked at 90 species found a link between brain size and social and cultural traits in marine mammals.<p>It is the first time that scientists have …

Evolution

This Robotic Surgeon Cuts Cleaner Than a Human - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>Today<p>This Robotic Surgeon Cuts Cleaner Than a Human<p>One day, this machine might slice into you in the …

Autonomous Tech

A Nine-Year Collaboration Has Just Shown How Sugar Exacerbates Cancer

This is huge.<p>There's a long-known relationship between cancer and sugar, but figuring out exactly how it works has proven elusive. Now, thanks to a …

Cancer

A new sulfur-based battery takes on the problem of energy storage “at the terawatt scale”

Renewable energy sources are only as reliable as the natural world that fuels them. A cloud passing overhead cuts off solar power; the wind stops blowing and windmills stop working. In order for us to depend on undependable power sources, we need a grid-sized backup to acts of God.<p>In 2012, …

Batteries

Romania’s ruling party names three new ministers

The ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) announced on Friday, October 13, the names of the three people proposed to replace the ministers who …

World Politics

Three Romanian ministers resign after six-hour long party meeting

Three Social Democrat ministers in the Mihai Tudose Government will resign, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), announced on …

Greece

Romania’s deputy PM prosecuted for abuse of office

Regional Development Minister and Deputy PM Sevil Shhaideh is being prosecuted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for abuse of office. …

Corruption

Romanian PM announces “small reshuffle”, possible break with governing party leader

Romanian prime minister Mihai Tudose is planning to change some of the ministers in his cabinet this week. He also says his relationship with the …

Brexit

Romanian MPs to decide on amendments to justice laws

The governing coalition, which met on Friday morning, decided that the justice laws would be amended by a legislative initiative that the PSD-ALDE …

Adopt

New procedure for appointing Romanian Competition Council head

Only the Parliament will be able to make proposals for the management positions in Romania’s Competition Council, according to a bill signed by 112 …

Consumer Protection

Romanian Parliament wants tighter control over state news agency

The Romanian Senate’s culture committee yesterday issued a favorable report on a draft bill that aims to change the law that regulates the …

Government

Romania’s Court of Accounts has new president

Mihai Busuioc, the Government’s secretary general, received yesterday the Parliament’s approval to take over as president of the Court of Accounts. …

Corruption

Over half of Romanian judges and prosecutors are against proposed changes to justice laws

More than 3,500 judges and prosecutors in Romania have signed a statement asking the Government to withdraw the draft project aimed at changing the …

Corruption

Government secretary general to lead Romania’s Court of Accounts

Mihai Busuioc, who is the Government’s secretary general, has received the approval of the Parliament’s budget committees to take over as president …

Corruption

Former Romanian tax agency head: Govt. asked for checks at Big 4 firms

Gelu Diaconu, a former head of the Romanian tax agency ANAF, said in a Facebook post that persons at the top of the Social Democratic …

Corruption

Money illegally used in elections can no longer be seized in Romania

The money that political parties have illegally used in elections or referendums can no longer be seized, according to an amendment the Chamber of …

Government

Who is the best-paid person in Romania’s Chamber of Deputies?

Government majority leader and Chamber of Deputies president Liviu Dragnea may be one of the most powerful politicians in Romania, but he’s not the …

Corruption

NASA's New Ion Thruster Engine Is Breaking Some Important Records

Faster than rockets with far less fuel!<p>NASA's new X3 thruster, which is being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in collaboration …

Space Travel

Russia may soon issue its own official blockchain-based currency, the CryptoRuble

Russia will issue its own official cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble, capping months of speculation about the country’s approach to the technology. While in a way it indicates an embrace of the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the CryptoRuble is unlikely to share the truly decentralized nature of other …

Bitcoin

In Flesh-Cutting Task, Autonomous Robot Surgeon Beats Human Surgeons

The robot made more precise cuts with less tissue damage Gif: Justin Opfermann and Ryan Decker/IEEE SpectrumImagine that you’re on the operating …

Robotics

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

'Super tumor suppressor' found to prevent pancreatic cancer

A new study affirms that not all gene mutations are bad, after uncovering a mutation that appears to give a known tumor suppressor gene a boost …

Cancer

Universal Basic Income and the Threat of Tyranny

Much praise has been heaped on the idea of a universal basic income in recent years. Experiments have begun in many countries, some mainstream …

Basic Income

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Breakthrough surgical glue seals wounds shut in 60 seconds

Surgery can be incredibly taxing on the individual going under the knife, but when the surgeon wraps up the procedure it doesn’t always mean the end …

Medicine

McKinsey used machine learning to discover the best way to teach science

There is a long-standing, red-hot debate in educational circles about the most effective way to teach kids. Some favor more traditional teacher-directed methods, with the teacher presenting materials and responding to questions about it. Others advocate for inquiry-based learning—where students …

Pedagogy

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency

In a remarkably frank talk at a Bank of England conference, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has speculated that Bitcoin and …

Bitcoin