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Dec
2016

DARPA’s ALIAS aircraft automation program spreads its wings

A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter being flown using ALIAS

The age of widespread autonomous flight came another step closer as DARPA announced its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) has completed Phase 2 of its development program. The drop-in, removable kit designed to convert conventional aircraft into advanced automated vehicles requiring fewer crew was installed in two different Cessna 208 Caravan fixed-wing aircraft, a Diamond DA-42 fixed-wing aircraft, and a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.

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28
Dec
2016

Moon and Mars in China’s five-year space plan

The China National Space Administration has unveiled its plans for the next five years, which includes ...

Mars and the far side of the Moon are on the itinerary for China's National Space Administration (CNSA), according to a new white paper released this week. The document, from the State Council Information Office, recaps the country's space-faring achievements over the past five years, and outlines its goals for the next five.

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Dec
2016

Nanodiscs target tumors in potential cancer vaccine

Nanodiscs may be used in a vaccine against some types of cancer, with a new study ...

Colon and melanoma cancers could soon be treated with a simple vaccine, if research from the University of Michigan lives up to its early promise. Using synthetic nanodiscs, scientists were able to train the immune systems of mice to better target cancerous cells, killing tumors within 10 days and preventing them from reappearing even months after treatment.

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Dec
2016

Dental implant coatings fight infection with three-pronged attack

Researchers have developed coatings for dental implants that aid the healing process and fight infection

According to researchers at the University of the Basque Country, about 10 percent of dental implants end up having to be removed due to bacterial infections or the implant not integrating with the patient's jawbone properly. To combat this, the team has developed new coatings for dental implants that not only anchor to the surrounding bone better, but could fight bacterial infection in three ways.

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