Five Stories You Should Read This Week
Warfare of the Future
A new report from the U.S. Defense Department, along with other reputable institutions, suggests that by 2050, robot “supersoldiers” and drones will be in control of warfare. “These superhumans will feature exoskeletons, possess a variety of implants and have seamless access to sensing and cognitive enhancements,” the report said.
Read about the existing technology behind the plan, and the flaws the report points out, by clicking here.
Can We “Turn off” Aging?
Scientists have discovered a breakthrough in the fight to “turn off” and slow down the aging process. A new study found a genetic switch in worms, which pinpoints the exact time frame in which a worm begins to age. Scientists hope to apply the same research to humans, who have the same switch, perhaps one day delaying the moment your body begins to age.
How Do They Do That?
If you’ve ever visited a lake during the hot summer months, you’ve surely seen mosquitoes buzzing around the surface of the water. What you probably can’t see is that those little bugs are able to move across the water without ever breaking the surface. Scientists in South Korea have recently constructed a robot to mimic the way these mosquitoes move to figure how they do it. Be sure to watch the video of this little robotic bug in action.
Your Viral History, With Just a Drop of Blood
What if you could detect a plethora of viruses that you may have in your system just from a single drop of blood? The answer has arrived. VirScan, as it’s been named, requires one drop of blood and screens for antibodies against 206 viruses, covering 1,000 strains. The test goes for around $25.
Read how the VirScan works by clicking here.
Do Plants Respond to Stress?
A new finding published this week shows that while plants feel no pain, they do house intrinsic plant tissue that responds and regulates the plant in times of stress, such as drought or temperatures changes, much like a central nervous system. Researchers say there is no cell-to-cell communication, and further studies need to be done on how the cells inherently know how to respond to stress.
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