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Medical Prediction: Immunotherapy replaces chemotherapy as the standard cancer treatment
Prof Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Centre in the US, said the treatment, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, could potentially replace chemotherapy as the standard cancer treatment within five years. In an international trial, 945 patients with advanced melanoma were treated using the drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab. The treatments stopped cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases, with tumours stable or shrinking for an average of 11.5 months, researchers found.
First patient with Degenerative Retinal Disease is cured by The Optogenetics Gene Therapy
The optogenetics approach that Pan and Dizhoor are studying circumvents the missing photoreceptors. That means it differs from traditional gene therapy in important ways: It doesn’t fix broken genes, so the therapy should work regardless of which of the 250 genes are causing problems. And instead of trying to resurrect dead or damaged photoreceptors, the scientists aim to transform relay cells into ersatz photoreceptors.
Tesla's Gigafactory produces the same number of lithium-ion batteries as the entire world’s output in 2013
Projected figures from Tesla show the gigantic factory producing 500,000 units per year by 2020, with expected battery cell output of 35 GWh/yr and battery pack output figures of 50 GWh/yr. Current global battery output, from a variety of manufacturers, sits at just under 35 GWh/yr. Tesla reports that by the end of its first full production year, the Gigafactory could reduce the cost per kWh of a battery pack by around a third.
Volvo unleash talking to each other, self-driving cars on Swedish roads
Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets. In the pilot project the road friction information from individual cars is shared within a cloud-based system. When the test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is relayed via Volvo Cars' database to other vehicles approaching the slippery area.
The first 700 Airbus Group satellites are launched into orbit to provide the OneWeb high-speed, space-based Internet access
Bankrolled in part by Richard Branson's Virgin Group and chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, the project will cost between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. Airbus Defense and Space will build the first 10 spacecraft at its Toulouse, France, facility, before shifting production to an undisclosed site in the USA. Several other companies were vying for the spacecraft contract, including Thales Alenia Space, Space Systems/Loral, Lockheed Martin Corp's Space Systems and OHB of Germany.
The Planetary Society’s second LightSail spacecraft performs full demonstration of solar sailing in Earth orbit
CEO Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, partners invite public to follow May 2015 mission. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission will test LightSail’s critical functions, a precursor to a second mission slated for 2016. That second flight will mark the first controlled, Earth-orbit solar sail flight and ride along with the first operational launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.
The Enzyme That Can Convert Any Blood Into Universal Donor Type is fully approved
When you’re rushed into the hospital for a blood transfusion, what happens if they don’t have your blood type? It’s a problem that scientists have been trying to solve for decades, and they might have finally made a breakthrough. By modifying an enzyme to snip off the antigens from types A and B blood, they’ve managed to make it more like the universal donor type O.
Kawaski J Concept - the shape-morphing Ninja steps in the bikers world
The double front wheels act in two different modalities: in Sport Mode, they are pushed together, so that the vehicle crouches to lower the centre of gravity; in Comfort Mode, instead, the front wheels act separately, so that the vehicle gets more comfortable and stable for the rider. Other modernist touch is the absence of handlebars, substituted by two levers attached to the front wheels.Powered through an electric motor hooked to a nickel-metal hydride battery, this piece of art just looks unbelievable, with transparent light green components rendering it an easily predictable protagonist from the Tron movie.
Assassin's Creed Movie is jumping between theaters and box office rooftops
Inglourious Basterds actor Michael Fassbender will play the lead role. Fassbender said the Assassin's Creed film will be respectful of the game. At the same time, however, the actor pointed out that "we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own vision of things that already exist in the game." In addition to Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft is making movies based on its Far Cry, Rabbids, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon franchises.
The average PC has the processing power of the human brain
Sometime early in the next decade, the intelligence of machines will exceed that of humans. Machines will exhibit the full range of human intellect, emotions and skills, ranging from musical and other creative aptitudes to physical movement. They will claim to have feelings and, unlike today’s virtual personalities, will be very convincing when they tell us so.