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    The Future of Neuralink's Brain-Machine Interface

    Originally branded as a way to merge humans and computers, the company Neuralink isn't there yet. But its recent accomplishments in developing a new brain-machine interface could have medical benefits. In July of 2019, Neuralink announced successful tests of its technology in rats. Using its newly developed device, Neuralink researchers could record neural activity via thousands of electrodes implanted in the brain. They hope that this system could eventually restore movement and sensation to people living with paralysis. According to one study from the Reeve Foundation, in the U.S. [...]

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    Eco-Friendly Border Wall: A New Alternative Just Proposed

    Ever since the beginning of Trump's election into office, one concern has been at the forefront of his administration: Border control. His adamant opinion of our country's border safety has been the headline of news for months on end, with The Wall leading his ideas towards reality. But Trump's Wall is a divisive concept for the citizens of our country. Some people claim it to be inhumane and an irresponsible use of funds, while others praise it for its promised effectiveness at reducing illegal immigration into the US. From what the media tells us, Trump's Border Wall is a self-explanatory [...]

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    Telemedicine Services in a Post-Coronavirus World

    The world as we know it is changing. Our daily commodities that we often take for granted are being altered right before our eyes: A constant reminder that the world truly can change overnight. And right now, amidst the chaos and confusion of the coronavirus pandemic, the medical professionals are really feeling the heat. However, not all change is unwelcome here. In fact, our current situation is actually paving the way for what could be a complete revamping of our healthcare system, thanks to telemedicine services.  A trip to the doctor’s office is a pretty routine thing. Whether [...]

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    Hand Sanitizer Distilleries: Addressing the Shortage

    In a time of hand sanitizer shortages and price gouging, local distilleries can step in to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the necessary equipment to make alcohol on site, distilleries are just a few steps removed from hand sanitizer production. While hand washing with soap is the best way to kill germs, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a close second. In Portland, Oregon, Shine Distillery & Grill has been giving away a homemade hand sanitizer to their customers. Across the country, other distilleries have been producing their own hand sanitizers, and plan to[...]

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    Reheating Your Leftovers Makes for Healthy Pasta

       There's nothing better than curling up on the couch with a big bowl of pasta after a long day at work. Those starchy, delicious noodles make for the perfect comfort food, but according to nutritionists, it isn't exactly a healthy choice; Until now. Yep, you read that right; There really is such a thing as healthy pasta. We are all taught that pasta (and carbs in general) don't do our waistlines any favors. Almost every diet on the market has consumers swearing off carbs in order to succeed. But, new research shows that pasta no longer needs to be the enemy. In fact, when [...]

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    Reversing the Course of Aging Blood Vessels with MitoQ

    Heart disease is responsible for a quarter of American deaths every year, killing about 647,000 people annually. Worldwide, it's the leading cause of death. That's why every year, billions of dollars fund cardiovascular research. The National Institutes of Health alone have put over $2 billion into cardiovascular research each year since 2016. So far, research has revealed ways to prevent cardiovascular disease through diet and exercise, but scientists are hunting for a pill to help keep blood vessels healthy. That pill might turn out to be a supplement called MitoQ that targets [...]

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    Lab-Grown Meat and the Future of Cellular Agriculture

    During this past year, the concept of lab-grown meats has created a tidal wave of commotion in the food industry. Consumer reactions range from utter disgust to sheer excitement as cruelty-free meat promises to hit the market. But alongside lab-grown meat comes the potential adoption of a food conception so bizarre and futuristic, it's hard to process: Cellular agriculture. Some consumers wonder why the push for cruelty-free meats is so pressing all of a sudden. But the truth is, the global population is skyrocketing, with an estimated 1 billion additional people over the next 12 years. With [...]

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    HIV Cure: Third Patient Receives Successful Treatment

    HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, has been a serious worldwide epidemic for human health. After decades of research and medical trials, doctors have now discovered a successful method of treatment; One that may even be deemed as the HIV cure. This discovery comes to us nearly 12 years after the first successful treatment of an HIV positive male. The patient, Timothy Ray Brown, was not only HIV positive, but was also diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. To begin tackling his treatment, Brown had to undergo numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to wipe out his immune system. From [...]

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    Meal Prep Mate: The Tool Aiming to Eliminate Food Waste

    Out of the myriad of environmental problems at hand, one of the biggest offenders is also one of the most common: Food waste. Each day, roughly 150,000 tons of food is thrown out in America alone. This number is equivalent to about a pound per person; An alarming amount when put into perspective. But what does food waste mean for us and for the planet? It turns out that the environmental repercussions are even worse than we originally thought, which is an issue that Meal Prep Mate is aiming to tackle. Food waste isn't just throwing away that pork chop in the back of the fridge that you forgot [...]

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    Single-Use Paper Bike Helmets Made from Recycled Paper

    Over the last decade, the number of people who bike to work has increased by 60%. More and more people are taking advantage of the eco-friendly option of bike-sharing services across major cities. Lime, Jump, and Ofo are just a few of the many services offering bike rentals in the city, but one major concern is surfacing: Safety. Although riders are encouraged to practice safe habits, the truth is that many commuters are not wearing their bike helmet, and the risk of serious injury is high. Carrying and storing helmets is proving to not be a popular choice among city riders, which is [...]

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    Genetically Modified Plants: Should You Get One?

       Typically, when we hear the words "genetically modified," our instinct is to run in the other direction. We're taught that everything labeled as non-GMO is the way to go, and anything genetically modified just can't be healthy. However, recent research is showing that not everything genetically modified is harmful; They may actually produce some health benefits. The perfect example? Genetically modified plants. In order to genetically modify something, the item's DNA needs to be changed. Whether it's a fruit, vegetable, or grain, the DNA structure is genetically altered for [...]

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    Mootral, the Methane-Reducing Supplement for Cows

    Climate change is real, and our greenhouse gas pollution levels are to blame. While most people typically think of pollution stemming from machinery and cars, there are many other factors that add to the problem. Methane production is one of the most potent and harmful greenhouse gases that our planet is currently fighting. Surprisingly, almost everyone is guilty of buying into one of the worst sources of this methane problem, and chances are, it might even be in your refrigerator right now; Beef. Meat production is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, meat production alone[...]

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    Mosquito Birth Control Possibly Replacing Insecticides

    Mosquitoes are some of the most abundant and dangerous sources of disease across the world. Each year, approximately 700 million people get a mosquito-borne illness, and over 100 million die from it. And while the mosquito population is rising, so is the risk of contracting an illness from them. In order to reduce the risk, insecticides are proven to be effective at reducing the mosquito population, but at a high cost to the environment. Instead, scientists are now looking at using mosquito birth control to lessen the population and reduce mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes are rapid at [...]

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    Transparent Solar Cell Technology for Energy

    We live in a super-populated and polluted world. As the global population continues growing, the demand for more energy is becoming a pressing issue. And while burning coal and natural gas have long-been popular energy sources, the environment is suffering from their effects. But with the amazing innovation of a group of researchers at Michigan State University, energy may be becoming a cleaner, seamless part of life. Introducing: Transparent solar cell panels.Solar cells are cells that make energy by absorbing sunlight. Most commonly, these cells are the backbone of the technology behind [...]

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    Construction Robotics 'Print' Housing in Less Than a Day

    Over the past few years, 3-D printing has gone from a figment of imagination to a full-blown reality. The first concepts consisted of printing small and trivial items, but its technology has since then been scaled up. Instead of printing basic items such as cups and bowls, science and technology are moving us towards large-scale, incredible items. Taking advantage of this tech niche are a team of engineers at MIT, who have successfully created a full-functioning, 3-D printing machine with the technology of construction robotics. Engineers can place the robot in any open location, and program [...]

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    Aeroponic Farming: A New Way to Grow Crops

    Scientists in Antarctica have successfully planted and harvested crops without the use of sunlight or soil. The group of German scientists responsible for this discovery were exploring the idea of making it possible for astronauts to grow their own crops while on their missions in outer space with a process called aeroponic farming. They were finally successful in their attempts during an experiment at Germany’s Neumayer Station III in Antarctica. This discovery is truly groundbreaking in the realm of sustainable farming. Not only can aeroponic farming be beneficial to astronauts, but [...]

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    Removing Tattoos with Sound: RAP Tattoo Removal and the Introduction of &quote;Smart&quote; Tattoo Ink

    Laser tattoo removals are relatively recent inventions, but they’re already about to be a thing of the past. Taking its place is the revolutionary new RAP tattoo removal system that uses rapid acoustic pulses to break up ink within the skin. Tattoo ink is disturbed through sound waves, creating a less invasive, faster method for tattoo removal.This new technology is best known as the RAP system, or Rapid Acoustic Pulse. The device itself looks like a small wand, which is much less intimidating than the large laser machine currently used for removals. Plus, this new system allows for [...]

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    FarmBot Making Open-Source Agriculture More Accessible

    Gardening takes precision and skill. Between maintenance, planting, and harvesting, not everyone is lucky enough to have a green thumb. But, that’s all about to change, thanks to the newest advancement in open-source agriculture: FarmBot. You can probably tell by its name that the FarmBot is indeed a robot. However, it’s more than that; Its a state-of-the-art mechanical bot that can plant and monitor crops year-round. Its patented technology allows anyone to grow and harvest crops, all within the comfort of their homes. Plus, it’s able to be used on crops large and [...]

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    Organ Transplant Success, Thanks to Decellularization

    Every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list for a life-saving organ. While the waiting list is alarmingly large (about 115,000 people long), the more concerning factor is the failure rate of organ transplants. But, with the new medical breakthrough of decellularization, organ transplant failure rates have the potential to dramatically decrease, if not disappear. Currently, the organ transplant process is lengthy and specific to the patient in need. The factors taken into consideration for organ donation are blood type, body size, the severity of a medical [...]

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    Sustainable Treadmills: Running To Generate Electricity

    Sportsart has created new sustainable treadmills that actually produce energy as gym-goers run on it. As the treadmill belt circulates with the runners’ steps, energy is produced by the micro-inverters within the machine. Over 60 million Americans have gym memberships. When you consider all of the power it takes to run the equipment in gyms across the country for this many people, the numbers become astounding. Just a single treadmill uses 1.8 kilowatts per hour, which adds up when you consider that each gym uses roughly ⅓ of their space on cardio machines. Not only do these [...]

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