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Vantablack, the Darkest Substance Ever Made

The photo above shows two identical sculptures, one of which is painted with Vantablack, a carbon-fiber coating from surrey nanosystems. It is the darkest substance known to man, absorbing more than 99.96% of incident light; so dark that details disappear and … Continue reading

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What’s Stored in DNA? An Old French Movie and a $50 Amazon Gift Card

So many people are now tapping into the internet and social media that the torrent of data they’re creating is outstripping the storage capacity of traditional devices such as hard drives, optical discs, and magnetic tape. New research advances hope … Continue reading

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How Liquefaction Occurs During an Earthquake

 With a little shaking, solid earth can behave like a liquid – heavy objects on the surface (e.g. buildings) sink, low density buried objects (e.g. fuel tanks) rise upward.

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3-D printer for small molecules opens access to customized chemistry

As reported on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s web site: Scientists led by Martin Burke, an HHMI early career scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, used a single automated process to synthesize 14 distinct classes of small molecules … Continue reading

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Broad Institute Receives $650M for Psychiatric Research

The Broad Institute, a biomedical research powerhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has received the biggest gift ever for psychiatric research, totaling $650 million. The commitment from Ted Stanley (already a large donor) coincides with publication of the largest genomic study of … Continue reading

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The blackest black ever achieved – using carbon nanotubes

A British company, Surrey NanoSystems, has  produced “Vantablack”, a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record, according to the UK Independent: To stare at the “super black” … Continue reading

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FDA Drives Medical Innovation Overseas As 23andme Looks Elsewhere To Help People

Last Fall, the FDA blocked the personal genetic profiling offered by 23andMe, stopping the sale of the company’s home genetic testing kits in the U.S.  At the time TechFreedom issued a plea: We haven’t all used 23andMe yet, but those of us … Continue reading

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