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Skeletal stem cells found in humans for first time, promising new treatments for fractures and osteoporosis

Researchers have finally triumphed in a decadeslong quest to identify human stem cells that reliably develop into the bone, cartilage, and other tissues that make up the body's skeleton. The discovery, from a team that had previously identified such cells in mice, could pave the way for new treatments for fractures, joint damage, and osteoporosis.

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Glimpse: on the promise of a future with artificial wombs, and why it's being stopped by the present

Given the speed at which reproductive technology has advanced over the past few decades, it doesn't feel all that far-fetched: A future in which anyone can have a baby, regardless of creed or need, whenever they feel like it.

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ExxonMobil agrees to join oil and gas climate change alliance

U-turn means company will join BP, Shell and Total in contributing $100m to project

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Scientists grow human esophagus using stem cells - Xinhua | English.news.cn

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- American scientists grew human esophageal organoids entirely using pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) for the first time, potentially leading to new personalized diagnostic methods and regenerative tissue therapies to treat or cure gastrointestinal disorders.

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The Biggest Tech-Driven Changes Happening in Finance and Banking

The CIA estimates over $80 trillion of global value is stored in cash, banknotes, money markets, and bank accounts. As of 2017, a mere $5 trillion of this was in the form of cold, hard cash.

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Incentives make robots soar like eagles

Researchers report a bot that learns how to glide, giving clues to how birds do it. Andrew Masterson reports.

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New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks

September 19, 2018 , Brown University Researchers from Brown University have assembled complex macroscale superstructures from pyramid-shaped nanoparticle building blocks. The research, described in the journal Nature, demonstrates a promising new way to bring the useful properties of nanoparticles to macroscale materials and devices.

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Reimagining Education in the Exponential Age

The future of humanity will be radically different than what we see today. As Ray Kurzweil put it, "We won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century-it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate)." We'll have the potential to live on Mars, connect our minds to machines, and access an abundance of resources.

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Build walls on seafloor to stop glaciers melting, scientists say

Barriers could halt slide of undersea glaciers and hold back sea level rises predicted to result from global warming

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How Germany's Combined Wind And Hydropower Plant Will Work - GE

Wind is a clean, cheap source of renewable energy, but it's also fickle. You can never be sure whether the wind will blow. But engineers in Europe have now found a way to crack this shortcoming by combining it with hydropower.

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Scientists urge new EU rules on gene editing crops

Restrictive regulations could be 'fatal' for Crispr-edited crop research in Europe, researchers warn. Meanwhile, there are hints the UK government could consider relaxing restrictions on gene edited crops post-Brexit

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​Robots in the battlefield: Georgia Tech professor thinks AI can play a vital role | ZDNet

A pledge against the use of autonomous weapons was in July signed by over 2,400 individuals working in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics representing 150 companies from 90 countries.

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China teams up with Russia to aim for 'desirable world order'

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - Donning a blue apron, Russian President Vladimir Putin poured batter into a pan and tossed it. He was cooking with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and the pair were making a traditional Russian pancake called a blini. The culinary showmanship reflected a larger trend: Russia and China are developing a closer, albeit uneasy friendship.

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Alliant Energy adding more wind in Iowa as it moves toward eliminating coal by 2050 - Daily Energy Insider

Alliant Energy adding more wind in Iowa as it moves toward eliminating coal by 2050 Alliant Energy recently released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) that reveals the firm's plans to eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2050.

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'Catastrophic' floods rising on Amazon River as climate changes | The Japan Times

Severe flooding on the Amazon has increased amid changing weather patterns, and is harming the health and incomes of people living along the world's biggest river, scientists said. Analyzing more than 100 years of records measuring Amazon River levels in the port of Manaus in Brazil, they found extreme floods that occurred roughly once every 20 years in the first part of last century are now happening about every four years.

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