These projects explain why the zebrafish has become such a pin-up animal for scientists. But exactly how do researchers turn information from a creature that last shared a common ancestor with humanity about 300m years ago? The answer is provided by Stemple. The researcher is sitting in an office filled with bicycles, crash helmets and various items of discarded clothing. His room overlooks a vast construction site at the edge of Cambridgeshire's Genome Campus where a new centre for the European Bioinformatics Institute, which shares the site with the Sanger Institute, is being built. First developed in the last century, the Genome Campus has been the focus of intense expansion ever since, driven by the remarkable boom in gene technology. … [Read more...] about How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research
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There's a neat circularity to this. Peter Diamandis grew up in Brooklyn, the son of Greek immigrant parents, and was himself inspired to become a scientist by the Apollo mission, doing degrees in medicine and molecular biology and finally a PhD in aerospace engineering at MIT. The Singularity University isn't even the first university he's founded. He set up the International Space University while he was still in his 20s and which has now trained an entire generation of Nasa scientists. It's why Buzz Aldrin has come along, and why another astronaut, Dan Barry, teaches the SU's robotics course (Barry's big prediction: cyberdildonics. Robot sex. "You think it's funny, right? But I'm also a rehabilitation physician, and sex is a basic human drive robots will be able to fulfil for the disabled, the widowed, the elderly. It's going to happen. You might as well accept it and get in on the ground floor.") … [Read more...] about Singularity University: meet the people who are building our future
Thingiverse.com is one such place where people can share their digital designs. Here you'll find all manner of bizarre and useful objects, from a car mirror (apparently a bear attacked his car: these things happen to guys that print 3D) to Wolverine claws (not made by the same designer, but could have come in quite handy during the attack I imagine). So, if you need to replace that aforementioned broken knob, chances are someone has already designed it for you, but if you can't find one to suit you can simply adapt the design to meet your needs and aesthetics – just make sure you upload the alterations. "We live in a throwaway culture, and I think Makerbot interrupts that," Pettis says. "It adds value to what you already have by fixing them." … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?
On Monday, adventurer and entrepreneur Sir Richard announced that his Virgin Group plans to offer passenger flights into space aboard rockets based on SpaceShipOne by 2007. He believes he will fly around 3,000 people into space in the first five years of operation of his Virgin Galactic space line. … [Read more...] about SpaceShipOne blasts off on second journey
Auction giant eBay bought PayPal in 2002 for $1.5bn and made fortunes for PayPal's execs. Thiel got about $68m and has gone on to become one of tech's most successful investors. He was one of the first people to back Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, putting $500,000 into the firm after an introduction from Hoffman. That stake is now worth about $1.7bn. PayPal's other alumni include Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors, and Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, founders of YouTube. … [Read more...] about LinkedIn boss poised for $600m payout from sale of shares