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7-30-07: Some feeds were removed. PHP RSS ReaderChemical & Engineering News: Nano SCENE

Welcome to Chemical & Engineering News's Nano SCENE, an up-to-the-minute collection of news about nanoscience and nanotechnology, including coverage of nanofabrication and assembly, characterization of nanostructures, bionanotechnology, organic and inorganic nanomaterials, and nanodevices.

Tiny pollutant particles strengthen thunderstormsScientists find that long-ignored ultrafine aerosols can make storms rainier and windier

Powerful annulation fuses polyaromaticsNew method overcomes obstacles to making valuable electronic materials

MXenes provide exceptional signal-to-noise ratios in gas sensingMetallic conductivity and reactive surface groups take credit for 2-D material’s performance

Diagnosing Ebola immunity with a paper testAntibody-detecting test strips that can be read with smartphones hold promise for disease monitoring and vaccine development

Robot arm carries nanoscale cargoFast-moving DNA origami device controlled by electric field

Nanosurfactants create droplet-sized reaction flasksChemists use magnets, lasers, and electricity to manipulate droplets with nanoparticle skins

Two-dimensional materials could enable low-power telecommunicationsAtomically thin materials can be made into a new class of electronic devices for memory cells and telecom switches

Spinning yarn for a wash-and-wear energy harvesterThe yarn can be woven into textiles that scavenge energy from motion to charge wearable devices

Atomic force microscopy and infrared spectroscopy combine to give close-up look at organic matter in shaleGrains separated by mere micrometers can differ substantially in chemical composition

Call for posters for the 2018 Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting

Ironing out graphene’s wrinklesA new growth method produces graphene that’s smooth and pristine

DNA origami hits the big timeNew set of techniques enables the mass-production of micrometer-sized DNA structures

DNA origami hits the big timeNew set of techniques enables the mass-production of micrometer-sized DNA structures

Luminescent nanoparticles leave a glowing fingerprintNew material could improve the resolution of fingerprint patterns detected at crime scenes

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SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from CaliforniaSpaceX has successfully launched a satellite built for Spain and two test satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California



North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. Says

North Korea Canceled a Planned Meeting With Mike Pence at the Last Minute, U.S. SaysThe vice president's office said that North Korea had "dangled a meeting" in hopes of enticing Pence to ease up on pressure



NRA's Wayne LaPierre at CPAC: Gun Control Advocates Are Exploiting the Florida School Shooting Tragedy

NRA's Wayne LaPierre at CPAC: Gun Control Advocates Are Exploiting the Florida School Shooting Tragedy"They hate the NRA"



NASA Wants Nuclear Engines to Fly Humans to Mars

NASA Wants Nuclear Engines to Fly Humans to MarsNuclear thermal propulsion, which was studied in the Cold War for space travel, could make a comeback thanks to new technologies.



Fresh off Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk to launch broadband test satellites

Fresh off Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk to launch broadband test satellitesFresh off Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk to launch broadband test satellites



Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared

Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life sparedKent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.



Ancient Biblical Seal of the Prophet Isaiah Reveals 2,700-Year-Old Tablet May Have Belonged to Holy Man

Ancient Biblical Seal of the Prophet Isaiah Reveals 2,700-Year-Old Tablet May Have Belonged to Holy ManAn ancient seal bearing a Hebrew script and recovered in Jerusalem may have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah. The clay seal dates back to the eighth century B.C. and was discovered in a Jerusalem excavation site, National Geographic reported. Trending: What Does the Future Hold for Skier Lindsey Vonn after Her Final Olympic Games?



Judges delay ruling on diesel bans for German cities

Judges delay ruling on diesel bans for German citiesGerman judges Thursday pushed back a decision on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy. The court "wants to deliberate very thoroughly" on the question, presiding judge Andreas Korbmacher said, adding that the ruling will be announced on Tuesday. While a decision from the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig in favour of anti-pollution plaintiffs would not order any vehicles off the road, it could open the way for cities to do so in zones where the air is particularly contaminated by diesel exhausts.



The U.S. Embassy In Montenegro Has Been Attacked With Explosives

The U.S. Embassy In Montenegro Has Been Attacked With ExplosivesThe blast killed the attacker but did not injure anyone within the embassy compounds



50 Girls Are Still Missing After Another Boko Haram School Attack

50 Girls Are Still Missing After Another Boko Haram School AttackWitnesses say they saw young girls being taken by the armed militants



Plants have been around for 100 million years longer than scientists thought, new research suggests

Plants have been around for 100 million years longer than scientists thought, new research suggests

Previous assumptions about the age of ancient plant species is being thrown into question today, as new research suggests that flora took root here on Earth over 100 million years earlier than scientists presumed. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences used a new calculation method to determine where on Earths' timeline plants initially appeared. As it turns out, all previous guesses may have been way, way off.

The study has some pretty serious implications in regards to how scientists view the very earliest phases of life's spread across the globe, and could help us better understand the long and winding road that eventually resulted in the planet we inhabit today.

To get a better idea of how far back plant life dates, the researchers used what they call a "molecular clock" method to analyze genetic changes over time and link them to their predecessors. This work, which is a bit like painting a massive family tree of the earliest plant life which can be used to calculate how far back in time it truly stretches. Needless to say, the resulting data doesn't match well with previously-held assumptions.

"The fossil record is too sparse and incomplete to be a reliable guide to date the origin of land plants. Instead of relying on the fossil record alone, we used a 'molecular clock' approach to compare differences in the make-up of genes of living species - these relative genetic differences were then converted into ages by using the fossil ages as a loose framework," Mark Puttick, co-lead author of the study, explains. "Our results show the ancestor of land plants was alive in the middle Cambrian Period, which was similar to the age for the first known terrestrial animals."

This new work could be an important addition to future research into the emergence of plants and animals on Earth, as well as a helpful tool in modeling how climate changed in the earliest days of life on this planet.



European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphereA European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life



Scientists Discover the Secret to Ancient Roman ‘Gate to Hell’

Scientists Discover the Secret to Ancient Roman ‘Gate to Hell’After thousands of years of legend, the truth is finally revealed



Elderly Who Stay Sharp into Old Age Smoke, Drink and Think Positively

Elderly Who Stay Sharp into Old Age Smoke, Drink and Think PositivelyAt an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas last weekend, scientists from across the country came together to discuss their latest findings on the brains of super-agers, Science Alert reported. Super-agers are a small demographic of the elderly population that retain cognition on par with their far younger counterparts, sometimes up until the day that they die. “It’s not so long ago that we thought the only trajectory there was was to get old and senile,” said Emily Rogalski, from Northwestern University, at the annual meeting, The Guardian reported.



The 10,000-Year Clock Being Built in a Mountain

The 10,000-Year Clock Being Built in a MountainA project designed to outlive us all.



Neurologist Repeatedly Raped Patient, Police Say

Neurologist Repeatedly Raped Patient, Police SayDr. Ricardo Cruciani was taken into custody and will be arraigned in New York on multiple counts of rape and other sex crimes, police said



‘Pathetically Weak.’ Florida Shooting Survivors and Families Confront Marco Rubio Over Gun Control

‘Pathetically Weak.’ Florida Shooting Survivors and Families Confront Marco Rubio Over Gun ControlRubio was the lone Republican at the nationally broadcast gathering



Explaining coprophagy – why do dogs eat their own poo?

Explaining coprophagy – why do dogs eat their own poo?New research explains that dogs may have evolved to eat faeces as a way to prevent the spread of disease.



DNA study shows that migration has been part of European history for thousands of years

DNA study shows that migration has been part of European history for thousands of yearsThe idea that people stay in the same place is wrong 'in almost all cases'



These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldEuropean countries no longer top the charts



Social media network CEO: How Google censors my company

Social media network CEO: How Google censors my companyBill Ottman, co-creator of Mind.com, talks to Tucker in latest example of how Big Tech has become a bigger threat to civil liberties than even the federal government. #Tucker



Robert Mueller's Indictment Could Be a Win for Russia's Trolls

Robert Mueller's Indictment Could Be a Win for Russia's TrollsAs well as providing a blueprint for their methods, the indictment may further diminish public trust in platforms that provide information



Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rightsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday.



Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun TooThis week the Duke of Cambridge popped by Triumph Motorcycles to take a photo atop one of the classic rides.



Huge 10.5-billion-year-old Cosmic Explosion Is the Most Distant Supernova Ever Discovered

Huge 10.5-billion-year-old Cosmic Explosion Is the Most Distant Supernova Ever DiscoveredAstronomers have confirmed that a huge cosmic explosion—which took place 10.5 billion years ago—is the most distant supernova ever detected. When massive stars come to the end of their life cycles, they self-destruct in a cataclysmic final explosion known as a supernova. In the case of DES162nm, it is thought the event was caused by vas quantities of material falling into a rapidly rotating neutron star – one of the densest objects in the Universe—which was formed in the aftermath of a massive explosion.



You Can Now Talk to Your Nest Security Camera

You Can Now Talk to Your Nest Security CameraNest's indoor security camera is getting the Google Assistant



Doomsday: The End of the World Will Probably Take One of These Forms

Doomsday: The End of the World Will Probably Take One of These FormsFace it: The end of the world will happen one way or another. Here's how scientists predict doomsday will come, and humanity will ultimately bite it.



U.S. soldiers to get major night vision upgrade

U.S. soldiers to get major night vision upgradeAllison Barrie on why American soldiers may soon be issued new, advanced night vision goggles similar to the type used by elite U.S. Special Operations forces.



'I Wish I Could Keep Going.' Lindsey Vonn Got Emotional After Her Bronze Medal Win and So Did the Internet

'I Wish I Could Keep Going.' Lindsey Vonn Got Emotional After Her Bronze Medal Win and So Did the Internet"I wish I could keep going"



Ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers 4,500 years ago

Ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers 4,500 years agoDNA analysis suggests that virtually no-one living in Britain today is truly British.



Want to do some science? Here’s a smartphone microscope you can 3D print

Want to do some science? Here’s a smartphone microscope you can 3D printThe 3D-printable microscope design can be attached to most smartphones to turn it into a fully functional microscope, strong enough to visualize specimens as small as a two-hundredth of a millimeter.



These Celebrities Are Matching George and Amal Clooney's $500,000 Donation to March for Our Lives

These Celebrities Are Matching George and Amal Clooney's $500,000 Donation to March for Our Lives"I am joining forces with you"



Chris Cornell's Wife Opens Up About His Death: Addiction Is Not a Choice

Chris Cornell's Wife Opens Up About His Death: Addiction Is Not a Choice"People don't recognize it as a disease."



Plan to launch inflatable ‘space hotel’ in 2021

Plan to launch inflatable ‘space hotel’ in 2021Bigelow hopes to launch a ‘monster’ space station



Team USA’s Women Just Won America’s First-Ever Gold Medal in Cross-Country Skiing in Shocking Upset

Team USA’s Women Just Won America’s First-Ever Gold Medal in Cross-Country Skiing in Shocking UpsetIt was a shocking upset victory for Team USA



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Elon Musk Steps Down From AI Safety Group To Avoid Conflict of Interest With Tesla

New submitter the gmr writes: According to an announcement on the OpenAI blog, Elon Musk has stepped down from the board of directors of the nonprofit AI safety group, which he co-founded in 2015, due potential conflict of interest with his company Tesla. As explained in a post on Futurism, the move away from OpenAI may indicate that Tesla may be moving forward with more AI projects than most people may realize. Musk's departure may mean that Tesla is closer to delivering vehicles capable of Level 5 autonomy, "fully self-driving" vehicles that more than 35,000 Tesla customers paid for even though the technology does not yet exist. "Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization," the announcement reads. "As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon." The OpenAI board of directors now consists of Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Holden Karnofsky, and Sam Altman, with whom Musk co-founded the venture. The company reportedly plans to not only fill Musk's seat but expand their team as well. "Open AI has also been a prominent voice in the conversation concerning the limitations, challenges, and potential dangers of artificial intelligence," reports Futurism. "Just this week, the company co-released a report with a number of other global AI experts that outlines the potential 'malicious' uses of the technology and how to prevent them."

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President Trump: 'We Have To Do Something' About Violent Video Games, Movies

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action against violence in media by calling out video games and movies. "We have to do something about what [kids are] seeing and how they're seeing it," Trump said during the meeting. "And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping more and more people's thoughts." Trump followed this statement by referencing "movies [that] come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else." He made a suggestion for keeping children from watching violent films: "Maybe they have to put a rating system for that." The MPAA's ratings board began adding specific disclaimers about sexual, drug, and violent content in all rated films in the year 2000, which can be found in small text in every MPAA rating box.

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Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /etc, /usr, /boot. Changing ownership of these files either crashes the system, various local apps, or prevents the system from booting, according to reports from users who installed npm v5.7.0. -- the buggy npm update. Users who installed this update -- mostly developers and software engineers -- will likely have to reinstall their system from scratch or restore from a previous system image.

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Taiwan To Ban Plastic Straws, Cups and Shopping Bags By 2030

An anonymous reader shares a report: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling programme and charges for plastic bags. The island's eco-drive has also extended to limiting the use of incense at temples and festivals to protect public health. Its new plan will force major chain restaurants to stop providing plastic straws for in-store use from 2019, a requirement that will expand to all dining outlets in 2020. Consumers will have to pay extra for all straws, plastic shopping bags, disposable utensils and beverage cups from 2025, ahead of a full ban on the single-use items five years later, according to the road map from the government's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

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Venezuela Says Its Cryptocurrency Raised $735 Million -- But It's a Farce

Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that a new state-sponsored cryptocurrency called the petro raised $735 million on the first day of its sale. ArsTechnica dives deep on the matter to suggest that it's all a farce. From the report: The government hasn't provided any way to independently verify that $735 million figure. And there's reason to doubt almost everything the Venezuelan government has said about the project. Moreover, there's little reason to believe that the petro will maintain its value over time. The Venezuelan government has portrayed petro tokens as backed by Venezuela's vast oil reserves, but they're not. The government is merely promising to accept tax payments in petros at a government-determined exchange rate linked to oil prices. Given the Venezuelan government's history of manipulating exchange rates, experts say investors should be wary of this arrangement. Moreover, the petro scheme has been opposed by opposition legislators in Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature. They say that the Maduro government is essentially issuing oil-backed debt, and legally that can't be done without approval from the legislature. If Maduro falls from power in the future, his successor might refuse to honor petro redemptions.

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Disney Loses in Redbox Copyright Row

Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. From a report: Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs were often bundled with a code to download a copy of the film. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business arrangement with it. A California federal judge accused Disney of "copyright misuse." Redbox rents and sells movies via tens of thousands of automated kiosks that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs.

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Uber Will 'Invest Aggressively' In India And Southeast Asia, CEO Says

Pranav Dixit, writing for BuzzFeed News: Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO of six months, said on Thursday that the ride-hailing service would continue to invest aggressively in both Southeast Asia and India, where the company is losing money and faces strong competition from local players like Grab and Ola. Uber has been slow to expand its presence in India and Southeast Asia, allowing competitors to quickly gain ground. Singapore's Grab, for instance, claimed to have 95% of the country's ride-hailing market share last year. And Ola, Uber's Indian rival, currently operates in 110 cities against Uber's 29 cities. Ola does 1 billion rides annually, compared to Uber, which announced in mid-2017 that it completed 500 million total rides in the country in its first four years of operations. "We expect to lose money in Southeast Asia and expect to invest aggressively in terms of marketing, subsidies, etc.," Khosrowshahi told reporters in India, which is Uber's fastest-growing market outside the United States, and where he is currently on his first official tour. While Uber's India operation is not yet profitable, it does account for 10% of Uber's rides globally.

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Intel, Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo Expect PCs With Fast 5G Wireless To Ship Next Year

Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. From a report: That's about the same time that Intel plans to begin shipping its XMM 8000 commercial modems, marking the company's entrance into the 5G market. Intel will show off a prototype of the new 5G connected PC at Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. In addition the company will demonstrate data streaming over the 5G network. At its stand, Intel said that it will also show off eSIM technology -- the replacement for actual, physical SIM cards -- and a thin PC running 802.11ax Wi-Fi, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard.

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Amazon May Open Up To Six More Automated Stores This Year

Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like it's been a pretty big success. From a report: Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018. It's not clear where these stores will be located, though Recode reports that more locations are likely in Seattle, and Amazon is in talks with the developer of The Grove in Los Angeles. Amazon Go is billed as the convenience store of the future. There are no checkout lines; you can simply walk in, grab what you want, and leave. You scan in with a smartphone app, and then an AI tracks what you take from the shelves and automatically charges you for them.

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Net Neutrality Rules Die on April 23

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months, as the agency takes the final step in removing the regulation from its rule book. From a report: The date -- April 23 -- was revealed today after the Federal Communication Commission's order revoking net neutrality was published in the Federal Register. You can read the full order here. The publication means that a new fight around net neutrality is about to begin. States and other parties will be able to sue over the rules -- some have already gotten started -- and a battle in Congress will kick off over a vote to reverse the order entirely. While that fight likely won't get far in Congress since Republicans by and large oppose net neutrality and control both chambers, there will likely be a long and heated legal battle around the corner for the FCC's new policy. The FCC's new rules are really a lack of rules. Its "Restoring Internet Freedom" order entirely revokes the strong net neutrality regulations put in place back in 2015 and replaces them with basically nothing. Internet providers can now block, throttle, and prioritize content if they want to. The only real rule here is that they have to disclose if they're doing any of this.

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Twitter Updates Developer Rules in the Wake of Bot Crackdown

Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. From a report: Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam. According to the new rules, developers that use Twitter's API will no longer be able to let users: Simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. Simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts Use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted.

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Carrying Starlink Demo Satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend. From a report: The launch was primarily designed to bring the PAZ satellite to orbit (which was deployed as planned into a low Earth, sun-synchronous polar orbit), a satellite for a Spanish customer that's designed to provide geocommunications and radar imaging for both government and private commercial customers. This launch had a secondary purpose, however, and one that might ultimately be more important to SpaceX's long-term goals. SpaceX packed two demonstration micro satellites for its planned internet broadband service (which Elon Musk confided via tweet it will call 'Starlink'). These will perform tests required before it's certified to operate the service, which it hopes to use to generate revenue by signing up subscribers to its internet service, which will hopefully be globe-spanning once complete.

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A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR

Sarah Zhang, reporting for The Atlantic: When Josiah Zayner watched a biotech CEO drop his pants at a biohacking conference and inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, he realized things had gone off the rails. Zayner is no stranger to stunts in biohacking -- loosely defined as experiments, often on the self, that take place outside of traditional lab spaces. You might say he invented their latest incarnation: He's sterilized his body to "transplant" his entire microbiome in front of a reporter. He's squabbled with the FDA about selling a kit to make glow-in-the-dark beer. He's extensively documented attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin. And most notoriously, he injected his arm with DNA encoding for CRISPR that could theoretically enhance his muscles -- in between taking swigs of Scotch at a live-streamed event during an October conference. (Experts say -- and even Zayner himself in the live-stream conceded -- it's unlikely to work.) So when Zayner saw Ascendance Biomedical's CEO injecting himself on a live-stream earlier this month, you might say there was an uneasy flicker of recognition. Ascendance Bio soon fell apart in almost comical fashion. The company's own biohackers -- who created the treatment but who were not being paid -- revolted and the CEO locked himself in a lab. Even before all that, the company had another man inject himself with an untested HIV treatment on Facebook Live. And just days after the pants-less herpes treatment stunt, another biohacker who shared lab space with Ascendance posted a video detailing a self-created gene therapy for lactose intolerance. The stakes in biohacking seem to be getting higher and higher. "Honestly, I kind of blame myself," Zayner told me recently. He's been in a soul-searching mood; he recently had a kid and the backlash to the CRISPR stunt in October had been getting to him. "There's no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually," he said.

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Uber Launches 'Express Pool' To Get More Riders To Share Rides

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Uber is beginning to roll out a cheaper version of its ride-sharing UberPool service, called Express Pool. The service, which was being tested in Boston and San Francisco, is now available in Los Angeles, San Diego and Denver, and will launch in Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., tomorrow. The idea is that Express Pool, which requires riders to walk a little to meet their driver -- and then again to their destination after being dropped off -- will make shared rides more efficient. If it works, it should both increase the number of rides that drivers can give and also make those shared trips faster for passengers. The new service tests a thesis Uber has long had: Lower prices means higher utilization, and higher utilization means more money -- both for drivers and for Uber. Also that road congestion is bad and the solution is to share more rides. Those are the same theories that sparked the creation of the original UberPool service, which requires a little less walking. But the hope is that this will make it easier to match more passengers and therefore lose less money on each shared ride.

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Bigelow Launching New Company To Sell Private Space Stations

hyperclocker shares a report from Popular Mechanics: The future of spacecraft in lower Earth orbit (LEO) looks to be an increasingly commercial affair. Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas-based company that builds livable space habitats, has now created a spinoff company known as Bigelow Space Operations (BSO). BSO will market and operate any space habitats that Bigelow sells. The creation of BSO signals that Bigelow is preparing for a future of commercial space living. Recently leaked NASA documents show that the Trump Administration wants to convert the International Space Station into a commercial venture, and BSO is betting that businesses including private scientific ventures and hotels will be interested in creating a profit above the Earth. A prototype Bigelow habitat, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), has been connected to the ISS since 2016. It's proven such a successful addition that last year NASA extended its contract for an additional three years. But Bigelow is thinking past the BEAM. In its press release announcing BSO, it highlights its planned launches of the B330-1 and B330-2, spacecraft with 6-person capacity, in 2021.

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