Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks

By The Telegraph on 18th of February 2015

Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes.Researchers have completed the first successful tests of nanoparticles – which are targeted to go where they are needed – in mice, and hope to soon to conduct the first patient trials.The nanoparticles are designed to latch on to hard plaques in the arteries, made from fat cholesterol and calcium, which cause heart disease.Once they reach their target, the "drones" release a drug derived from a natural protein that repairs inflammation dama

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Twelve ways the world could end

By Financial Times on 17th of February 2015

What are the chances of all human life being destroyed by a supervolcano? Or taken over by robots? A new report from Oxford university assesses the risks of apocalypseSince the dawn of civilisation people have speculated about apocalyptic bangs and whimpers that could wipe us out. Now a team from Oxford university’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Challenges Foundation has come up with the first serious scientific assessment of the gravest risks we face.Although civilisation has ended many times in popular fiction, the issue has been almost entirely ignored by governments.

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Sony targets self-driving car technology

By Financial Times on 17th of February 2015

A niche product that most consumers will never notice has helped propel Sony’s share price to a near five-year high: image sensors.The Japanese electronics and entertainment group has long ceded its leadership in portable music players and television to Apple and Samsung, but image sensors

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