Futurology

Sea the possibilities: to fight climate change, put seaweed in the mix - giant kelp farms that de-acidify oceans, or feeding algae to cattle and sheep to dramatically reduce their methane emissions.

Sea the possibilities: to fight climate change, put seaweed in the mix - giant kelp farms that de...

This dramatical reduction in methane is misleading. It is based on this study http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=US201600106459

If you read the abstract you will notice the study was done in vitro, i.e. in a glass bottle, not actual animal.

What you're doing is basically giving natural antibiotic and messing with animal's microbiome. As with synthetic antibiotics bacteria become resistant after a while, which is why the more months you feed animals with algae the less effective it becomes and more methane is released.

It's also possible that it reduces the efficiacy of digestion so that animals will have to be fed more low quality roughage or switch to high quality roughage, so there are going to be trade-offs.

Even a small percentage of methane reduction is something, and like everything else we may perfect it in the future, but these claims are way over-blown.

Daily Reddit routine:

Read the title of an uplifting article Feel a little faith in humanity again Gilded top comment explains that the title is misleading and that there actually isn't any news Lose faith in humanity again Get depressed

How about we do both at the same time? I mean getting us off of fossil fuels will take years to even fully implement and that's if the entire U.S decided tomorrow it would be committed to doing it. This is something that is a natural plant that we can further test and implement alongside our reduced carbon emissions. It's not a 1 solution game or this first it's we do whatever we can and whatever we have to and if this works then we damn better do it.

How about we stop using rotten Dinosaurs to run the world first. Once we do that, then we can consider fancy kelp farms to undo the damage. There is no reason to go see a doctor about the pain in your dick until you have stopped punching yourself in the dick.

Kentucky Lawmakers Are Leading the Fight to Federally Legalize Hemp - useful for making more than 25,000 products, including textiles, paper, and food. One of its main extracts, cannabidiol (CBD) shows promise for many medical conditions, including epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kentucky Lawmakers Are Leading the Fight to Federally Legalize Hemp - useful for making more than...

As a Kentuckian I'm glad tobacco farmers will have something to do with themselves since tobacco use is fading out.

For those that don't know, hemp is the reason cannabis was made illegal. The mass production of hemp threatened to re-work the paper, aka timber industry. The more we know what we can do with hemp, the harder its legalization will be to other markets.

Also from Kentucky. Wish the title also talked about how you can't smoke it. The reason it's not legal federally is because branches like the DEA argue hemp can get you high and or can be used for cover to grow the female plant that can get you high. They also claim it's harder to tell which is which from a helicopter.

Now all this is bullshit and the more people know this the more we can stand up to the DEA and stop criminalizing something that isn't a drug. Hemp gives off different herbicides and pesticides than the female plant. Thus making it nearly impossible to grow the female plant anywhere near hemp. Woody Harrelson did an old doc where he came to Kentucky and talked with scientist studying hemp (this was before it was legal to study. Woody went to jail for planting a hemp plant.) anywho he talked with scientist from UofK who said that if you threw hemp seeds out of a helicopter above the eastern Kentucky mountains (where a lot of growers grow deep in the woods) you could eliminate that whole environment for illegal growing as the hemp seeds would make it almost impossible to grow there.

Hemp is not like it's female counterpart. You can't smoke hemp and get high. It would take about a dumb truck full of hemp to get you even remotely high. A dumb tuck full of chocolate also can give you the same affects of weed but no one could eat that much or smoke that much hemp.

Lastly the DEA shows how utterly stupid they are. They claim they can't tell a difference from the sky. But hemp and pot grow different. Hemp grows super tall and gets so thick that you wouldn't be able to see the ground from above the plants. Pot grows low to the ground and has buds on it. You can see the ground as it tends to grow like tomatoes as hemp is more like sun flowers. So if you can't tell a difference from a helicopter than why are you even a drug enforcement agent because clearly you all are to stupid to look at a drug and tell what it is.

This really all has been traced back to early prohibition. We used hemp rope on every naval ship in ww1. We used it for damn near everything. But Randolph Hearst who owned a news paper had purchased almost all the lumber industry we had back in the early 1900's. He lobbied with politicians to outlaw hemp because it would mean he wasted all his money on an Industry that would be replaced with hemp. So the bottom line is the DEA is a numb nuts because some rich asshole a century ago didn't want to lose his money. And here we are in 2017 still bitching about if we should make it legal as we use oil and paper daily for no good reason. I say oil because yes someone has found a way to convert engines to run of hemp oil. Instead of invading Middle Eastern countries for oil we could let our dying farmers grow our fuel here in America.

Sorry for autocorrect mistakes and what have you. Will edit this later and try to link the doc "Hempsters" as it's very educational.

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcGk4BvxbJ_-U7q9CbmeVkaS3TWi8Y85i

He is most of the doc that was filmed in Kentucky before it was legal. It has been decades the state has been fighting to just allow research of hemp. It's pretty funny and I love that woody Harrelson came to my state to get arrested for something he believes in.

Living in Kentucky and this being the first I've heard about this, I'm kind of shocked, since we're the land of Mitch McConnell, and our Governor just really wants to change the state's name into Biblevania. Here's hoping we can contribute something cool to society again.

Online privacy is making a comeback: Next May, an EU regulation will enshrine the protection of personal data into law and not even Brexit is going to stop it

Online privacy is making a comeback: Next May, an EU regulation will enshrine the protection of p...

I'm fearing that this will turn out the same way as the cookie consent regulation. No real difference for companies, but more annoying "yes I totally read your 20-page terms of service" pop-ups for users.

As a software engineer currently dealing with GDPR I can tell you it is very different. If you get audited and are found to be out of compliance the fines are potentially astronomical.

Online privacy is making a comeback. People are turning off their computers.

Online privacy is making a comeback

Best joke of the day. People are already used to the idea of having no privacy, and no, noone will stop spying on the masses and selling their data by any measurable degree.

This Week In Technology - August 19, 2017

This Week In Technology - August 19, 2017

BTC broke $4000? That sinking feeling when you cashed out at $750...

Is anyone going to talk about amazon competing with Ticketmaster?

Dude, fuck Ticketmaster, they've had such a huge monopoly, it's time for someone to give them competition and give us fair prices instead of these fucked up "convenience" fees

That feeling when your friends talked you out of investing in bitcoin when it was at $35 a coin.....

I for one am so happy about this. I guess amazon beat ticketmaster at some locations in the UK when they did a beta role out for this. I imagine there will be little to no extra surcharge fees for prime members and ticketmaster will be hurt ALOT. It makes me happy.

Silicon Valley billionaire Stewart Butterfield voices support for universal basic income - The founder of Slack joins illustrious company which includes Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg

Silicon Valley billionaire Stewart Butterfield voices support for universal basic income - The founder of Slack joins illustrious company which includes Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg
Silicon Valley billionaire Stewart Butterfield voices support for universal basic income - The fo...

Rich dudes saying things that the general public loves to hear but will probably never happen in their lifetimes.

Edit: this got more comments than I was expecting. I was being facetious guys. Lol

Rich dudes realizing poor people wont be buying their products without the help of UBI.

I love how none of these guys actually step up and split all of their profits with those they are purporting to care about.

Pretty sure Zuck still lives on a fenced estate in Hawaii and is actively adding to the buffer zone every chance he gets.

We've gotten so rich that we can't take anymore money from people! We need the government to give people their money back so we can take more of their money! Muhahahahahaha

Oxford University Develops New 3D Bioprinter to Build Organs and Tissues - "We believe it will be possible to create personalised treatments by using cells sourced from patients to mimic or enhance natural tissue function.”

Oxford University Develops New 3D Bioprinter to Build Organs and Tissues - "We believe it will be possible to create personalised treatments by using cells sourced from patients to mimic or enhance natural tissue function.”
Oxford University Develops New 3D Bioprinter to Build Organs and Tissues - "We believe it will be...

"...in their first experiment, students at Oxford used the 3D Bioprinter to create the superhero known as "The Vision", who aided the Avengers in stopping a mediocre supervillian Ultron"

Is this a different approach than what Dr. Atala has been working on at Wake Forest?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Atala

I'm an undergraduate who's worked on a bioprinting research project. The issue with printers like this is the scaffolding. Scaffolds are often proprietary and expensive, and may not be fully biocompatible. The lab I worked in is using a scaffold-free method for bioprinting. The Regenova bioprinter we have places cell spheroids (balls of cells) on a grid of small needles where they can grow together. Once it has developed, the structure can be removed from the needles and be implanted. With this technique, no biomaterials need to be used to suspend or support cells, eliminating any biocompatibility concerns.

Tl;dr really cool, still a long ways away and there are better methods

Because you have more money to spend when you don't have to pay a for profit middleman.

Tiny robots crawl through mouse's stomach to release antibiotics: For the first time, micromotors – autonomous vehicles the width of a human hair – have cured bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice, using bubbles to power the transport of antibiotics.

Tiny robots crawl through mouse's stomach to release antibiotics: For the first time, micromotors...

I want this robot so I can program it to release different drugs inside me on different weekends

No he becomes patient zero when the bot malfunctions, learns to replicate inside his gut and eventually takes over and takes control of all his joints and limbs. When it runs out of space, it then makes him try to bite and scratch others so there's a wound where it can replicate further in other hosts. It uses the iron in our blood and electrical impulses to upgrade itself over time so it has greater control over movement. It coordinates with other infected organisms to spread wider. People whove watched one too many movies or games try to aim for the head to no avail. They only kill the host, who has been consciously aware of everything up to that point and had no control over their body. At most they can attempt to wrestle control of the body but it's futile and at best when they try to scream at the top of their lungs, it only manages to produce a moan.

Then you become patient zero when your bot malfunctions causing you to have a full on seizure and choke on vomit episode like old Hendrix himself with the magic dragon but instead from a mix of cocaine and mescaline. I mean, hey, who gives a fuck about ethics, this is /sub/futurology!

/s

"Hey, how come you never get sick?"

"Nanomachines, son!"

Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists.

Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists.
Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transfo...

The anti-vaxxers will finally have a "natural alternative"!

What are you talking about. These plants have been genetically modified by big pharma and will now cause super autism. Nothing is safe people. /s

My company uses the same technology and has been for a while, and we have facilities in Quebec City, Canada and Research Triangle Park, NC currently going through Phase-III clinical trials to show efficacy for our quadrivalent influenza VLP based vaccine produced in tobacco plants. We have FDA approved cGMP greenhouses and manufacturing spaces for this purpose. VLP vaccines are a new thing and are much more potent than traditional vaccines, hence there's lesser quantities needed and works much better and since it's not produced in eggs there is no reaction caused towards the vaccines either. We also have ebola and Zika antibodies in our pipeline that we produce in tobacco plants.

https://youtu.be/lAk_HkFi9-s

It's exactly as the professor says it in the article regarding the canadian company they did experiments with, we have the capability of manufacturing around 10 million doses within 4 weeks, and since we don't use eggs or bioreactors to produce our product and all our VLPs are made in the leaves of tobacco plants, all we need for more vaccines is more plants. The technology is highly scalable and automated with state of the art robotics in the greenhouse for handling a lot of the processes relating to handling of the plants. The NC facility was almost completely funded by DARPA due to the potential of this technology to produce a large amount of vaccines during a short time, which is perfect during a pandemic situation. The last time there was something close (H1N1), the US didn't have the ability to make most of the vaccines within the country and hence had to buy a good amount of it from other countries. The way the technology works is that Agrobacterium (they infect tobacco plants) are genetically engineered to contain the gene sequence for the appropriate strain of flu( or can be a gene sequence for any protein as a matter of fact) and the tobacco plants are " vacuum infiltrated" , a process where the agrobacterium are forced through the plant leaves. The plants are then incubated for some days during which time the gene sequence is transferred from the agrobacterium to the apoplast of the plant leaves thus causing the protein( in this case the components of the vaccine) to form within the apoplast. Then the leaves are subjected to mechanical as well as chemical digestions and other downstream biotechnological processes after which the VLPs are released from the leaves and are formulated with buffers and put in vials.

Here's a link to the company website: http://medicago.com/

Here's a cool video demonstrating our process:

SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground: The six rockets that have attempted land landings have all touched down just fine

SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground: The six rockets that have attem...

If you're gonna do it, do it right the first six times! Congrats SpaceX! You guys are reshaping the aerospace industry and making spaceflight affordable, and that is huge.

No failures for land landings. Only droneship.

I hope to live to see the day that this is as regular as trains departing and arriving. I don't know of all the possible applications but it sure would start to feel like the future where there is always cars flying on aerial highways.

It looked to me if it was a yard or two off the middle of the circle, quite some achievement from 100 miles away.

India Installs 4.8 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In First Half Of 2017, Surpasses All Of 2016

India Installs 4.8 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In First Half Of 2017, Surpasses All Of 2016

India has always really impressed me in its solar research. A good portion of the IEEE papers I read about when I was getting my degree were out of India. They are on the cutting edge of microgrid design.

This is more than one percent of total electrical capacity in just six months. If India's solar power capacity continues to grow geometrically at this rate, it'll approach having a national electrical grid that is 100% solar by the early 2020s.

As an Indian undergrad in his Senior year, this makes me proud. Also, one of my classmates paper was recently accepted in the IEEE conference of Montreal :)

Edit: Since this comment has many upvotes, I'd like to address what I've replied to several of the racist (ignorant ones cited here, racist ones removed) comments over here:

That's great, but how will it help the problem of people shitting everywhere?

Because it's absolutely barbaric? They need to have their priorities straight. How about you fix your immense poverty issue and the street shitting issue before you start a massive space program?

Why should India not explore its capabilities while also solving its problems? Most of the customers of ISRO are from the US and Europe, so why don't your countries fix their own expensive space programs while competing with the cost efficient ones of ISRO? Also, the Indian space program isn't a burden, and is contributing a lot to the economy to the nation just as how the solar power will. 200 million Indians would be added in to the middle class by 2030, how would their energy needs be fulfilled?

Reddit comments: How Indian space program is actually helping India and its relatively poor popul...

http://www.reddit.com/sub/india/comments/1ujcmo/we_are_three_isro_scientists_here_to_answer_your/...

Any of this energy going to the hospital that lost 30 children due to a dispute with the electric company?

While 30 children die at a hospital in India because they didn't pay their bills and oxygen was cut off.

That wasn't due to a dispute with the electric company, it was due to lack of payment to oxygen supplying company. The oxygen supplier being an a-hole and stopping oxygen supply to the hospital. Also, the administration that kept on sitting the funds for oxygen than pay for it.

At my school the labs in the engineering department are always full of Indian masters and phd students. The talent pool that India is building up is amazing.

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