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Txch This Week: April Fools’ Day and New Candidate For Extraterrestrial Life

 by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist, we looked at the newest innovations changing the world around us. First, Dutch architects are using 3-D printing technology to build an iconic canal house. They hope their work will offer a sustainable and quick way of providing housing for the world’s growing population.

Biofuels might one day blast off in the field of rocketry. Georgia Tech scientists have boosted output from genetically engineered bacteria that secrete pinene, a hydrocarbon perfect for high-powered fuels needed to launch rockets and missiles. NASA and Boeing, meanwhile, have tested jet actuators  that could lead to smaller airplane tails, which would make planes lighter and consume less fuel.

Art and cultural objects are priceless priceless components of civilization that often require delicate preservation. Cutting edge science is helping to conserve art and a new generation of conservationists are being taught how to ply their craft.     

On the subject of educating future professionals, medical school students and researchers are starting to get their hands on some new tools. Instead of pouring over a real cadaver, students can now study the human body virtually. Users can manipulate, dissect and explore a hologram-like cadaver using joysticks and projectors.

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Analysis Shows Changes In Greenland Ice Sheet

by Txchnologist staff

A NASA satellite and aircraft have been monitoring the ice sheet that sits on top of Greenland for years. An analysis of their data is providing a dynamic view of the sheet as it loses mass.

The Greenland ice sheet covers about 80 percent of the island with a cap that averages a mile in thickness. In some areas, it can be up to almost two miles thick. It comprises almost 684,000 cubic miles of ice, which would significantly raise sea levels if it melts.

Top Image: Adventure tourists near an Iceberg in Ittoqqortoormiit in eastern Greenland via Shutterstock.

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Txch This Week: Drone Internet Providers and Dissolving Batteries

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by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist, we looked at innovation offering perspectives from the cosmic scale all the way down to strands of DNA. First, NASA unveiled a 360-degree view of the Milky Way, the galaxy we call home. The interactive 20-gigapixel map is the result of 10 years of telescope imaging and work.

Next, looked at an interesting entrant into the ranks of digital currencies—this one looking to stoke investmentment in solar energy production. The project, inspired by BitCoin, pays one SolarCoin for every megawatt-hour of electricity your solar panels produce.

Researchers in Germany have created a material that is less dense than water and stronger than steel. The polymer and alumina structure was inspired by wood, bone and honeycombs.

A breakthrough in cancer research could be around the corner thanks to more than 239,000 computers from around the world that are working together. The virtual supercomputer has uncovered the folding steps that activate a protein key to disease progression. Meanwhile, researchers are working on stimulating parts of the brain with electricity to boost learning and brain activity.

Scientists have sequenced Loblolly Pine DNA, making it the largest genome decoded and analyzed to date. A research team from 12 institutions banded together and used cutting-edge techniques to read and assemble the DNA code.

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Txch This Week: Big Bang Discoveries And Startups In Space

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by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist, we looked at groundbreaking discoveries and innovations changing the world and what we understand of it. First, researchers documented the existence of gravitational waves. These waves, first theorized by Albert Einstein, show that the universe expanded at an exponential rate and provides direct evidence of the phenomenon know as inflation immediately after the Big Bang.

Next, we looked at a social enterprise helping Myanmar’s farmers by designing and manufacturing helpful tools. Proximity Designs then uses robots to test their prototypes.

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Labs use a virtual reality CAVE that lets them interact with complex environments in 3-D, while engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed a toilet system that uses sunlight and heat to turn sewage into a useful material for agriculture.

British scientists revived moss that has been frozen for as long as 1,700 years. The find is evidence that organisms can survive in suspended animation for extremely long periods of time.

Italian researchers have developed a radar powered by laser light. The significantly more precise technology has a wider bandwidth than current radars and can transmit much more information.

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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