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Nov 25, 2021

This Synthetic DNA Factory Is Building New Forms of Life

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, food, robotics/AI

In this DNA factory, organism engineers are using robots and automation to build completely new forms of life.
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Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston company specializing in “engineering custom organisms,” aims to reinvent manufacturing, agriculture, biodesign, and more.

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Nov 24, 2021

Enhancing the workhorse: Artificial intelligence, hardware innovations boost confocal microscope’s performance

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, information science, robotics/AI

Since artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky patented the principle of confocal microscopy in 1957, it has become the workhorse standard in life science laboratories worldwide, due to its superior contrast over traditional wide-field microscopy. Yet confocal microscopes aren’t perfect. They boost resolution by imaging just one, single, in-focus point at a time, so it can take quite a while to scan an entire, delicate biological sample, exposing it light dosages that can be toxic.

To push confocal imaging to an unprecedented level of performance, a collaboration at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has invented a “kitchen sink” confocal platform that borrows solutions from other high-powered imaging systems, adds a unifying thread of “Deep Learning” artificial intelligence algorithms, and successfully improves the confocal’s volumetric resolution by more than 10-fold while simultaneously reducing phototoxicity. Their report on the technology, called “Multiview Confocal Super-Resolution Microscopy,” is published online this week in Nature.

“Many labs have confocals, and if they can eke more performance out of them using these artificial intelligence algorithms, then they don’t have to invest in a whole new microscope. To me, that’s one of the best and most exciting reasons to adopt these AI methods,” said senior author and MBL Fellow Hari Shroff of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Nov 24, 2021

NS/ The brain has a “compass” for navigating thoughts

Posted by in categories: food, neuroscience

Neuroscience biweekly vol. 46, 10th November — 24th November.

“It’s amazing that you can still find areas of the brain that are important for basic survival behaviors that we had never before implicated,” Betley says. “And these brain regions are important in robust ways.” The work, shared in the journal Nature, suggests that neurons in the cerebellum’s anterior deep cerebellar nuclei (aDCN) are involved in helping animals regulate their meal size. Since its start, Betley’s lab has unraveled a variety of neural circuits related to how the brain regulates food intake. That work as well as other research has implicated areas of the hindbrain and hypothalmus in this control.

Nov 22, 2021

Maggots could revolutionize the global food supply. Here’s how

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Circa 2019 o.o!

Black soldier fly meal only won approval as fish and poultry feed in 2018. Koutsos said EnviroFlight and companies such as Enterra in Canada and Protix in the European Union are working to win regulatory approval for using the meal in food for other animals, including swine and even cats and dogs.

The idea is to take pressure off traditional sources of protein meal, such as fish. About one-quarter of the harvest from marine fisheries is turned into food for farmed animals, including fish, hogs and poultry. More than 90 percent of those fisheries are either fully exploited or overfished, meaning that as the world’s population grows, there will be more demand for alternative protein sources.

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Nov 22, 2021

This Robot will Cook Your Food By 2022

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Miso Robotics’ Flippy 2 Robot promises to be the first household robot that any person or small buisness could buy to help prepare and make food inside of a kitchen without any big changes having to be made. This looks like it could be the first glimpse into a future in which robots help us inside of our homes.

Daily Futurology News:

00:00 Finally a real Robot Assistant.
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06:59 When can we expect our own Robots?
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Nov 21, 2021

How Morocco Secretly Controls China, India, The United States, And the World

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, food

This is a farm in China.
This is a Mcdonalds in New York.
This is an apartment complex in Mumbai.
And this is a skyscraper in London.

What do all these have in common? Well as it turns out. All of these places’ successes or failures…
Economic booms or collapses…
And even population growth or famines…
Might soon be decided by the nation of Morocco.

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Nov 20, 2021

This Woman Designed Her Own Small House Made From 3 Shipping Containers

Posted by in categories: food, habitats

This magnificent shipping container container home near Lake Taupo, New Zealand, is worth checking out. This compact shipping container house was designed and built by Brenda Kelly of IQ Container Homes, and it has been raised to provide views of Lake Taupo. Three 20-foot shipping containers were used to form the tiny house’s design. Inside, there’s an open living area and kitchen that take use of the views, as well as a sliding door that leads to a deck with stairs leading down to the yard. This amazing concept, which includes covered parking beneath the container home design and a covered terrace with amazing views of the surrounding area, is guaranteed to inspire you.

The living area and kitchen are open-plan in the shipping container home. A plywood accent wall, which matches the living room wall and serves as a backdrop for the bed, can be found. A closet with sliding mirrored doors is on the opposite wall, and the bed lifts to show even additional storage. A plywood accent wall might be found in a tiny bedroom. When visitors come to visit, the shipping container home contains a home office with a wide desk that can be converted into a bed.

The IQ Container houses are made of non-corrosive Corten steel, are built to last, and are 100% recyclable when they are no longer needed. They can work with you on a custom design that matches your needs, or they can use eco-principles like passive solar and cross ventilation in their basic practical designs. Off-site building reduces waste and disruption on the job site.

Nov 19, 2021

Self-driving robots key to future of our food

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Move over manufacturing; agriculture is fast approaching the lights-out farm.

Nov 19, 2021

New AI Test Diagnoses Glaucoma in Just 10 Seconds

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Glaucoma is a surprisingly common condition that can have serious consequences if it goes untreated. Understanding the importance of early detection, a team of engineers and ophthalmologists in Australia has developed a novel approach using AI to diagnose glaucoma that can yield results in just 10 s.

Have you ever experimented with food dye? It can make cooking a lot more fun, and provides a great example of how two fluids can mix together well—or not much at all.

Add a small droplet in water and you might see it slowly dissolve in the larger liquid. Add a few more drops and perhaps you’ll see a wave of color spread, the colored droplets spreading and breaking apart to diffuse more thoroughly. Add a spoon and begin stirring quickly, and you’ll probably find that the water fully changes color, as desired.

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Nov 19, 2021

Novel artificial genomic DNA can replicate and evolve outside the cell

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Professor Norikazu Ichihashi and his colleagues at the University of Tokyo have successfully induced gene expression from a DNA, characteristic of all life, and evolution through continuous replication extracellularly using cell-free materials alone, such as nucleic acids and proteins for the first time.

The ability to proliferate and evolve is one of the defining characteristics of living organisms. However, no artificial materials with these characteristics have been created. In order to develop an artificial molecular system that can multiply and evolve, the information (genes) coded in DNA must be translated into RNA, proteins must be expressed, and the cycle of DNA replication with those proteins must continue over a long period in the system. To date, it has been impossible to create a reaction system in which the genes necessary for DNA replication are expressed while those genes simultaneously carry out their function.

The group succeeded in translating the genes into proteins and replicating the original circular DNA with the translated proteins by using a circular DNA carrying two genes necessary for DNA replication (artificial genomic DNA) and a cell-free transcription-translation system. Furthermore, they also successfully improved the DNA to evolve to a DNA with a 10-fold increase in replication efficiency by continuing this DNA replication cycle for about 60 days.

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