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Engineering Human Genomes & Environments with Dr. George M. Church

This FORA.tv lecture by Dr. George M. Church is on two ever more relevant topics, genetic engineering of humans and what gene drive could imply for the environment and our future. CRISPR and its great potential is also accompanied with potentially catastrophic adverse effects. The CRISPR gene editing tools can be used to create a …

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DeepFrame – revolutionary Mixed Reality that looks like living holograms

The Danish company Realfiction has developed a screen called DeepFrame which gives us a mixed/augmented reality experience without using glasses. DeepFrame is a square-shaped 64-inch (115x115cm) transparent screen that is most similar to a window pane. Viewers can see what’s happening on the other side of the screen while displaying digital 3D objects in 4K …

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A brief history of goths – Dan Adams

The Goths were a Germanic people who were referred to as “barbarians” by the Romans, famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410, but who were they, really? And what do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with the ancient barbarians? Not much … so why are both known as “goths”? …

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Veritasium: The Next Mission to Mars: Mars 2020

Veritasium visited NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science, and space-based astronomy missions. Some of the greatest moments in the history of space exploration have taken place at JPL. NASA’s forthcoming Mars project …

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University of California: Engineering Immune Cells to Recognize and Kill Cancer

Immune cells are the body’s natural way of attacking infections and other invading pathogens. However, since cancer is not foreign (tumors are mutated versions of the body’s own cells), immune cells do not attack most cancer cells. Find out how scientists are using immune proteins to mobilize immune cells to fight cancer with Michael Fischbach, …

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Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Chewbacca and C-3PO!

Adam Savage is a world-class Star Wars nerd and a particularly big fan of Chewbacca. Here is another clip from Tested with Adam proving his building prowess and this time around, Adam improves his Star Wars props by revamping his Chewie costume to carry an animatronic C-3PO, as depicted in The Empire Strikes Back.  

The Creature and Special Effects of Alien: Covenant!

Tested and Adam Savage visits the massively built sets of Alien: Covenant. He chats with visual effects supervisor Neil Corbould about the resurgence of practical effects to complement CGI effects in blockbuster filmmaking. Adam also gets up close with some familiar Alien universe props in the creature fabrication workshop.  

Harvard University: More Ocean, Less Plastic | Anna Cummins

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. We need new solutions to this ubiquitous plague. The project ‘5 Gyres’ has spent the last seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal …

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Science Magazine: Tiny bubbles help heal broken bones

Repairing big bones breaks has been a challenge. Now researchers have used gene therapy to improve bone grafts in pigs. The new research “has huge clinical significance,” says David Kulber, who directs the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and who was not part of the study. …

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The First Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Is Here

After a long wait, we finally have our first look at ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, CBS’ and Netflix’ new prequel series set a decade before the events of the original 1960s Star Trek. Sonequa Martin-Green, known from The Walking Dead, as Michael Burnham, a first officer promoted unexpectedly to the position of captain by her mentor, …

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