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February 5, 2017

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Feb
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First blood biomarker for multiple sclerosis discovered

A blood test for determining the subtype of MS could be as little as two years ...

Although there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), there are treatments that can help prevent new attacks and improve function after an attack. However, there are three subtypes of the disease and determining this, as well as the appropriateness and effectiveness of a patient's current treatment, currently involves an array of expensive, time-consuming tests. Now, after a search lasting 12 years, an international team of researchers has identified a biomarker that would allow MS subtypes to be determined with a simple blood test.

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Category: Medical

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Feb
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Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels

Brown University's lab-grown mini-brains, which can be used as models to study the effects of drugs, ...

In 2015, scientists at Brown University developed "mini-brains," models of living brains created from 3D cultures of neural cells. Like organs-on-chips, these models could help reduce our reliance on animal testing in the search for new treatments and drugs, and make early results more accurate. Now, the researchers have discovered something new about these mini-brains: the neural cells are growing their own blood vessels too, opening the door for better studies of stroke, Alzheimer's and concussion.

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Category: Biology

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Feb
2017

“Near-perfect” broadband absorber with potential in solar cells, windows and stealth

Researchers have created a material that is able to absorb one frequency of light while being ...

A new flexible material developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is claimed to be able to tune out various portions of the electromagnetic spectrum while allowing others to pass through, such as being opaque to infra-red but transparent to visible light, for example. This material has the potential to vastly improve the efficiencies of solar cells, or create window coatings that not only let in visible light and keep out heat, but also stop electronic eavesdropping by blocking electromagnetic signals.

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Category: Materials

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Feb
2017

Ancient Martian volcano erupted non-stop for 2 billion years

NWA 7635, a meteorite found in Algeria in 2012, has shed some light on the intriguing ...

Mt Stromboli, off the north coast of Sicily, has been erupting almost continuously for more than 2,000 years, but that's a sneeze compared to the ancient volcanic activity of Mars. According to new geological surveys made possible by studying Martian meteorites, at some point in the past, a volcano on the Red Planet may have erupted non-stop for more than 2 billion years.

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Category: Science

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Feb
2017

Fate of the Furious Super Bowl spot has submarines, explosions and jumping cars

Universal Pictures used its time during the Super Bowl to air a new Fate of the Furious TV spot, highlighting some more of the ridiculousness the movie will offer.

The Fate of the Furious is the eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, although this movie will offer the biggest twist yet. The first trailer for the movie was released in December, and before that a quick 15-second teaser was released which promised entirely new vehicles for the franchise, including snowmobiles and a submarine.

New actors like Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron have joined the cast for the eighth movie. Mirren has a very minor role, but Theron will play the team’s newest adversary, a woman named Cipher.

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Feb
2017

Stavatti throws Javelin jet trainer into USAF T-X competition

The Stavatti Javelin is the latest entry in the T-X competition

Stavatti Aerospace has thrown its hat – or Javelin – into the ring to replace the US Air Force's jet trainer fleet. Coming in the wake of two major contestants withdrawing from the USAF Advanced Pilot Training Program (T-X) competition, the Javelin's entry shows that the contest to succeed the Air Force's fleet of 400 T-38 aircraft that have been in service for over half a century is still very much open.

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Category: Aircraft

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