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  1. eloyc

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    https://www.space.com/40988-beam-target-fusion-reactor.html

    Sooner or later, I think we're gonna do something with fusion. :-D
     
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    Ok, and now I just read this:
    https://www.space.com/41030-plasma-fusion-reactor-tokamak.html
     
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    Heating a plasma and running a commercially viable fusion plant are two very, very, very different things. In fact, you can add some more verys (veries?) in there.
     
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    Well, but at least it's important that this field is being researched. Knowledge is cumulative and everything is a step forwards.
     
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    Yes, of course. I'm just saying that one breakthrough doesn't solve the entire problem. ITER is expected to reach much higher temperatures, by the way.
     
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    https://futurism.com/cloaking-device-invisibility/
     
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    https://futurism.com/offshore-installations-removal-harmful/

    Makes sense.
     
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    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sleep-brain-alzheimers-plaques-protein

    Interesting discoveries in this field. As of now, this I have clear regarding the fight against Alzheimer: don't get herpes and sleep well.
     
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    https://futurism.com/lab-grown-lungs-transplant/
     
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    https://futurism.com/moss-clean-arsenic-water/
     
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    Toyota was big on ammonia for a long while and did not like electric cars. Funny given prius.

    I think the crisper modified pigs that can grow organs for humans are more exciting than most of the things mentioned here. These things are exciting too though.
     
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    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/massospora-parasite-drugs-its-hosts/566324/

    This Parasite Drugs Its Hosts With the Psychedelic Chemical in Shrooms
    It also makes their butts fall off.

    Imagine emerging into the sun after 17 long years spent lying underground, only for your butt to fall off.

    That ignominious fate regularly befalls America’s cicadas. These bugs spend their youth underground, feeding on roots. After 13 or 17 years of this, they synchronously erupt from the soil in plagues of biblical proportions for a few weeks of song and sex. But on their way out, some of them encounter the spores of a fungus called Massospora.

    A week after these encounters, the hard panels of the cicadas’ abdomens slough off, revealing a strange white “plug.” That’s the fungus, which has grown throughout the insect, consumed its organs, and converted the rear third of its body into a mass of spores. The de-derriered insects go about their business as if nothing unusual has happened. And as they fly around, the spores rain down from their exposed backsides, landing on other cicadas and saturating the soil. “We call them flying saltshakers of death,” says Matt Kasson, who studies fungi at West Virginia University.

    Massospora and its butt-eating powers were first discovered in the 19th century, but Kasson and his colleagues have only just shown that it has another secret: It doses its victims with mind-altering drugs. Perhaps that’s why “the cicadas walk around as if nothing’s wrong even though a third of their body has fallen off,” Kasson says.

    ...

    Infected cicadas behave strangely. Despite their horrific injuries, males become hyperactive and hypersexual. They frenetically try to mate with anything they can find, including with other males. They’ll even mimic the wing-flicking signals of females to lure males toward them. None of this does them any good—their genitals have either been devoured by the fungus or have fallen off with the rest of their butts. Instead, this behavior only benefits the fungus, allowing its spores to find new hosts.
     
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    Sadly... hilarious! :-D I couldn't help but imagine people affected by this fungus.
     
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    Not to get political, but I wonder if they were served up as Korean delicacies during the Trump/Un meeting. :lol:
     
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    Now I'm just imagining an email thread where ambassadors around the world try to one up each other on what silly food they can serve up to Trunmp.
     
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    https://m.phys.org/news/2018-05-pig-human-patients-crispr.html



    I am not sure how hard the rest of the editing is compared to removing pervs, but it seems feasible to me in my ignorance.
     
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    So it seems... We'll get there, I'm sure (or we will find an alternate method, too).
     
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    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/12/new-personalized-vaccine-is-targeting-deadliest-cancers-in-us.html
     
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    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/11/health/ovarian-cancer-vaccine-study/index.html

    Taking into account that different kinds of cancer are being researched with similar approaches, maybe one day we'll have universal cancer vaccines/treatments, who knows...
     
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