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  1. eloyc

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    Hi!

    On a daily basis, I like to read the latest news about science. I already created an astronomy thread, as you know, and I think it's ok to have a separated thread, since it's a very specific subject, but... what about a global thread for science?

    I'm especially interested in vaccines, regenerative surgery, bio-engineering, cure of weird diseases, nutrition and cancer research.

    Welcome! :)
     
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    I think a good start would be quickly sharing this piece of news:

    https://www.sciencealert.com/cancer-vaccine-stanford-immunotherapy-t-cell-ox40-mouse-models-lymphoma
     
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    LMFAO!! :lol::lol:
     
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    Cool thread. I'm starting to look into research using gene therapy for chronic severe pain. I've got a horse in that race. Apparently there is a gene that causes an inability to feel pain. It can be only partially expressed in some people so they only have a reduced sensitivity to pain so the idea is to use this phenomenon to treat pain in place of opioids or the gabapentin/lyrica class is drugs.
     
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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221091326.htm

    Let's get drunk for our oral health!! :oops:
     
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    Yeah, drink wine to kill gum disease bacteria, get oral cancer from alcohol consumption instead. :p
     
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    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/kids-are-starting-picture-scientists-women

    I'm not an advocate for /insert obnoxious voice "every career must be 50% female-50% male!!" /stop obnoxious voice, but I do like that women are having a more prominent place in kids' minds regarding this type of socially relevant jobs.
     
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    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rising-co2-levels-might-not-be-good-plants-we-thought

    So... I think we can't jump into conclusions, whether it's one conclusion or the opposite. :-S We will only know in the long term or if more studies are done.

    Or maybe plants will just adapt in the long term and the difference won't be very huge, neither much better nor much worse regarding growth.
     
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    http://www.telegram.com/news/20180411/hiv-vaccine-developed-at-umass-medical-school-to-start-clinical-trials-at-four-us-sites

    It seems that this vaccine addresses the issue of virus mutation, but the articles doesn't explain how.

    There're lots of HIV vaccine trials at this moment. I wonder if some of them will have any success... specially those which have a therapeutic effect, rather than just a preventive one.
     
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    https://futurism.com/elon-musk-bfr-earth/

    I've read some things about this hyperloop (in its Wikipedia article, mainly)... One that specially caught my attention was that "Other maglev trains are already in use, which avoid much of the added costs of Hyperloop. The Shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan has demonstrated 603 km/h (375 mph) without using a vacuum tube".

    Sure, hyperloop's concept looks cooler and the design may be better for Mars ("According to Musk, Hyperloop would be useful on Mars as no tubes would be needed because Mars' atmosphere is about 1% the density of the Earth's at sea level", from the same Wikipedia article), but now I don't see a high advantage over standard maglev trains which can already reach a similar speed.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    Musk is crap at timescales but good at cost. You can pretty much guarantee that The Boring Company version of a hyperloop will be much cheaper than a maglev train.

    It's worth noting that Musk only started looking at building an actual hyperloop with TBC. Prior to that, he was leaving it to the other groups to do. Virgin hyperloop and others have their own spin on the design.
     
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    Don't know why you're posting that guy again. On p2p rockets he picks lazy criticisms and then gets his facts wrong several times. Same on his original hyperloop busted video. Fair enough if you enjoy sub-Clarkson snark though. :)

    This is the presentation Musk and a couple of others did on the TBC last week. Their approach is pretty pragmatic.

     
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    https://www.the-scientist.com/?arti...er-at-Earlier-Stages-Than-Currently-Possible/

    I just hope these kinds of tests can be standardized rather than avoided because of health systems trying to avoid "unnecessary alarms".
     
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    @cheapchips what facts does he get wrong ?

    ps: free rides to the public in as little as a few months
    we will discuss this in november see if it's happened
     
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    It was a while ago to be honest. The thing I remember in particular were wrong assumptions around g force loads on passages for P2P rockets and the really dodgy way he'd got there. I'm not going to watch either video again, I'm sure you can find thorough critique if you want. :)

    The free ride to the public thing is just people scooting up their little test tunnel on something. Unless they run foul of fire exit rules they could do it tomorrow if someone swept the floor. It's far from a completed 'Loop' system, nevermind a hyperloop. Both are years off even if people accept TBC's pooting about under LA.
     
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    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/alzheimers-herpesvirus-possible-link

    Superinteresting! Once we finally have an herpes vaccine, we could see a huge decrease in Alzheimer cases! Let's hope for the best.
     
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