Flash Proton Therapy

Radiation treatment is a long and painful process. It leaves many patients sick for months on end and barley able to eat anything. Not only does it damage normal tissue, but the cancer can become resistant. At most the survival rate for someone on chemo therapy over a five-year period is around forty-seven percent. It’s almost like surviving by a flip of a coin. However, with Flash Proton Therapy, the tumors are targeted directly.

Like a bullet from a sniper rife, it kills its target with little to no collateral damage. Using x-rays to carry photons, it stops the growth of tumors making it benign and removable without giving it a chance to grow. For some reason, the healthy tissue is not affected after the quick radiation burst. It’s way safer for the patient. They don’t have to live in agony for months on end.

Scientists are still researching the effects of Flash Photon Therapy. They are not entirely sure on why it only kills cancerous tissue. They believe it has something to do with the amount of oxygen in healthy cells versus that of cell in a tumor. But, it’s payback time for cancer non the less.

Aiming the device that delivers the proton burst is not an easy task. It has to be precise with a moving target. It’s like aiming in the fourth dimension due to the fact that they have to take time into consideration. Especially when it comes to areas like the lungs and heart, no one is every perfectly still. Which is why Stanford University is working on a better tracking and aiming system with their Faser division of Slac.

It will take some time for Flash Proton therapy to move from it’s testing stages to use on patients. When it’s more common place, it will hopefully prove to be a more effective method of dealing with cancer. If they can hit their mark perfectly every time, then the cancer survival rate will no longer become a coin toss. The expense will be a different story though.

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Do You Like Adventuring?

Growing up, I played a bunch of open world style video games and always wondered if there was a way to make a living like that. Over the years I’ve found a few ways to live like that. It’s not always a guarantee that it’s a successful way to live. but what’s life without a bit of risk?

Here’s a list of three different ways you could live like an adventurer in the modern day:

  1. Take up a job free lancing photography: How would you like to summit pictures and earn a living off of that? You can travel and work where ever and when ever you like. With no boss and no deadlines, it’s just you playing Pokemon Snap minus the Pokemon. Gamingjobsonline is looking for photographers. So if you’re interested then give them a shot. Click here
  2. Writing is another great way to work when you want and where you want. All it takes is spelling, grammar, and a story to tell. you could travel or get into some trouble then write about it. Alternatively you could write for someone else. With writershelpwanted you can jump on their job board and find a company or website that wants to hear what you have to say. If you’re interested in their job board then check them out. Click here
  3. If you really like to travel but don’t like the lack of structure of working for yourself, then how about becoming a commercial pilot? Visit exotic lands while getting paid. All you need is an associates degree, nerves of steal, and a willingness to learn to fly. While completepilot can’t help you with the associates degree, the can help you learn how to pilot an aircraft. If you’re interested in making that dream of flying a reality, check them out. Click here

Xenobots: Biological and Programmable

Robots are very complex, hard to make, and it’s taken many years to have smooth movements and bipedal walking. Modern day robotics take a lot of time and energy to create. With corrosive and cancer-causing materials automatons, when disposed of, will do more harm to the environment than good. But what if there was a different way to make a machine? One that’s organic yet programmable. That’s the thought process behind the University of Vermont’s Xenobots.

The University of Vermont’s super computer has been programed with and an algorithm that takes stem cells from frog eggs and reconstruct them. It’s AI scraps the eggs of the Xenopus laevis, (which is the species of frog used and where Xenobots get their name), then incubates them. From there, they are shaped into whatever body form is needed.  

They don’t reproduce or replicate so technically they are not considered to be living. It’s a whole new class of organism constructed in various ways to clean up pollutants such as plastics and nuclear waste. Xenobots can heal from injury, but only last for about two weeks before their built-in energy source runs out. So far a few have been constructed and tested out by moving microscopic blocks from one spot to another.  

Medical applications are what scientist at the University of Vermont look forward to. They plan to make versions of the biological machines that can carry medicine to a targeted location or reconstruct tumors into normal living tissue. Xenobots could also be used to scrap plaque off of arteries. The fact that they are made of organic materials means that if they die inside another organism, they’ll just be reabsorbed with no ill effects to the host.  

The possibilities of Xenobots are many and we’ve only just scratched the surface. They might be the very thing that cures cancer. They may even cure most diseases. They could also be the next plague in the making. We could see them save lives or use people as a host for a man-made parasitic zombie outbreak. Only time will tell.   

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Scaling Down: Particle Accelerator on a Chip

Massive particle accelerators have opened our eyes to what lies inside the structures that make up our reality. With every proton fired at an atom, we learn more about the forces that make up matter itself. But what if we were to scale that structure down? That’s the mind set behind Stanford’s Accelerator on a chip.   

Unlike the massive particle accelerators, a different train of through went into making these chips. Rather than using magnetism and microwaves to propel a particle, it uses lasers and nano fibers to move electrons. The laser is position in just the right angle to cause a magnetic pulse on the nano fibers propelling the electrons at greater and greater speeds. The nano fiber channels are set up like tiny uniformed mesas to maximize this effect. It’s kind of like hitting every speed boost in Mario Carts, but instead of maintaining maximum speed, there’s way more acceleration.

This chip has applications in the medical field. Replacing big bulky Xray machines for a smaller light weight device. It’s like taking the old room size computers from the nineteen sixties and seventies then turning it into a personal computer. The smaller format makes it easy for this device to be placed under the skin. This can be used for a more targeted form of chemo therapy.

More applications are yet to come, but in the meantime, this is a huge step. This may pave the way for lighter more powerful machines. There could be whole networks that can be upgraded to share data at extreme speeds. If implemented, we’ll probably see that happen to over seas in places like South Korea as they destroy everyone in StarCraft. Thanks to our cable companies, we’ll probably be lagging behind.

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Lithium Sulfur Batteries

With the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads there’s an increasing need for rare metals such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel. Not only has Tesla’s stocks been on the rise but so too has the cost of making their batteries. The need to make a lighter and more cost-effective method for powering electric car is a necessity to minimize cost and potentially maximize profit. Sulfur lithium batteries might be the answer to the lowing the costs of building an electric car.

The main problem with a sulfur lithium battery is how the electrolyte is affected over time. Lithium tends to bond with the oxygen and fluorine when sulfur is the anode. As the battery is charged and discharged it wears down faster and eventually becomes completely useless. This calls for a different type of electrolyte.

A carbon matrix has been the solution for the electrolyte problem with plenty of space for it to expand and contract through out charging cycles. These batteries need to breath in order to survive. The added space reduces the degradation of the lithium cathode giving the battery more longevity than its liquid electrolyte predecessors. But this is the best solution so far and has yet to live up to the standards that current lithium batteries have held.

In the coming years we may see longer lasting phones, electric cars, and laptop batteries. No longer will we have to cling to the wall sockets charging our out of date phones every twelve hours, but we can have phones that stay powered for days. People with electric cars won’t have to deal with the stress of being in the middle of nowhere without a charging station. With a bit more research and trial and error, cheaper long lasting batteries could be achievable in the next few years.

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Thorium: Engineering a Safer Reactor

Nuclear energy is a scary concept. With all the waste that it produces and the fact that if unchecked can cause a horrible meltdown killing everyone in a thousand square miles, it’s no wonder why people would rather look to solar or wind as a clean energy option. But there is a way to produce clean nuclear energy that can be safer to operate. An energy source and method that minimizes the risk and maximizes the fuel spent so we’re not left with massive amounts of plutonium. The fuel source is Thorium and with it comes a new type of reactor.

Thorium reactors differ from the cheap and easy to produce standard nuclear ones. In a uranium 235 reactor, neutrons are slowed down to prevent a chain reaction. The fission process is kept in check by coolants such as heavy water. The rods generate heat which coverts the water into steam that move the turbines. With this set up, it’s not hard for something to go wrong. We’ve seen it with Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island. A pump goes out or the coolant evaporates and the fuel source is now going critical.

Reactors with thorium as a fuel source lessens human error because at higher temperatures, fusion stops. It still requires uranium to work and make it a fertile material. Both materials are placed in a molten salt bath where they transfer neutrons to each other which, over time breaks down to materials that have a shorter half-life. In case of emergencies, the salt bath will be drained through a freeze plug into some emergency dump tanks killing the fission process.

It’s not a completely perfect system. When using radioactive materials, people do find a way to cause hazardous accidents. But it’s better than having a ton of waste that can only be used in an ICBM. If implemented right, it would provide a clean energy source instead of fossil. We could cut down or carbon foot print if we switched to thorium power plants.   

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Sustainable Sand: Engineering Cleaner Water

Fresh water is one of the things we take for granted in the first world. We can just go to the sink and turn on the faucet. With exceptions to Flint Michigan, we have pretty easy access to drinking water. However, with climate change on the rise, our methods on how to obtain fresh water may have to change. The desert cities may not receive the life-giving rain fall that they so desperately require and for the most part and run off water is contaminated. This is where science and engineer has developed a solution: Sustainable sand.    

The black manganese oxide sand can latch on to cancer causing chemicals such as lead and pesticides, then filter it. This means that storm water can be collected from the gutters and transferred to aquifers. This could be a game changer for areas such as Los Angeles were the streets are saturated with oil, debris, and other contaminates.     

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The UC Berkeley made compound could be used in the third world as well. Possibly restoring the Ganges river in India or finally cleaning up the drinking water in Flint Michigan. It could be used to help clean up oil that is slowly leaking into the gulf coast from some of the off shore oil rigs. It’s not a miracle compound, but it can help take care of chemicals such as cadmium and bisphenol A.

If Sustainable sand can be implemented, then clean water can be more readily available in those dry months. It’s already being tested in Sonoma and Los Angeles. Hopefully it can be implemented worldwide. Places plagued by pollution can be livable again. The cancer of our past environmental mistakes doesn’t have to affect our future and our heath.

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Google’s AI and it’s Fight Against Breast Cancer

Cancer doesn’t care what we are doing in our lives, who we love, who loves us back, where we are financially, or if we are up to our eyeballs in dept. It will target us at random and kill without feeling. All it ever takes is one mutation that refuses to die and we have a tumor on our hands. With breast cancer effecting one-in-eight women in the United States, Google has stepped up to the plate with their cutting-edge AI.

The AI was put to the test on thirty thousand new mammograms after being trained on different cases in the US and the UK. It powered through fifteen thousand cases from the United Sates and thirty thousand from the United Kingdom before it was ready to take on new cases. With all that input, they had to test it out against a human element. Much like the super computer Deep Blue, it proved it was better at spotting tumors than the radiologist.

Google’s AI is not perfect, but it yields better results. It’s been shown to reduce false positives by five-point seven percent and false negatives by nine-point four percent in the US. However, it’s only it’s only reduced false positives by one-point two percent and false negatives by two-point seven in the UK. It’s still needs a trained radiologist standing by to catch some of the things it misses.

Hopefully in the coming years, beast cancer will be a thing of the past. But until then, this is a major step forward. Man and machine coming together to save lives. Algorithms and trained eyes catching tumors before they have a chance to spread. It’s a road to a brighter future.

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Technology: Bionics

Losing a limb is the worst thing that could happen in our lives. One day, on the job, our legs could be crushed by a steel bar and we have to get it amputated. Other things in life could lead to the loss of an appendage such as: infectious diseases, car accidents, and encountering an IED. There’s a ton of ways to lose an arm or a leg and statically, three hundred to five hundred people need to have some kind of amputation daily. Thankfully due to advantages in technology, losing a limb can hopefully just become a minor inconvenience.

With advances in research on how the nervous system works scientist can now plant a chip in the brain that controls the functions of a bionic arm. It doesn’t even need to be a chip, there’s some artificial appendages that can be pressed by the left-over mussels in the severed limb. They may be slow in this day and age, but it gives new life to those of us who’ve had their lives drastically altered due to some unfortunate circumstances.

We might be satisfied with just having the ability to have our dexterous hands back, but the researchers at Sandford University have taken it a step farther. By building a synthetic nervous system, they’ve managed to make a system that the body will not reject. Not only does it mesh better, but it paves the way for having artificial skin that can feel touch, temperature, and pressure. It may even give you the sense of taste, (I don’t judge).

The future of bionics is a bright one. We don’t have to live with the fear of losing an arm or a leg thanks to advances in technology. Maybe this field is something that a few of us might be interested in. With a sound understanding of anatomy and robotics, we could make the merger of man and machine common in our daily lives. We could be overclocking our minds rather than our computers.

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Robotics

We may never see new worlds in our lifetime. We may never see the first human to land on Mars, (sorry Elon Musk). One thing we will see in our life times is the advancement in robotics. With companies like Boston Dynamics, Hankook Mirae Technology, and Moley we’re more likely to see the rise of robotics.

We’ve grown up watching Star Wars and Star Trek and seeing bipedal robots portrayed in those shows, but now they exist in our time. With Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, we have this surprisingly agile robot that can run through obstacle courses and do some tumbling. It has been amazing to watch them go from these heavy headless horse like robots that have to constantly move their legs to watching a humanoid automaton do parkour.

Bipedal mechs have been in video games, movies, and shows for the past forty years. Now, thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology, we have the first proto-type mech. It may be slow while walking, but it’s a start. The hand movements is where this peice of equipment really shines though. The arm movements are amazing and easy for the pilot to control. This Korean company did an amazing job at recreating the armored fighting machine from James Cameron’s Avatar.

Cooking isn’t for everyone. Some of us are lazy and rather have a world class chief be emulated into a machine and make our dinners for us. This is where Moley comes into play. It’s basically a pair of robotic arms that does it all. It cleans, preps meals, and can learn new recipes. It was set to come out in 2017, but there hasn’t been too many updates since 2016.

We may not have an age of exploration, but at least we can see the rise of machines. The robotic industry is advancing everyday. It’s amazing to see these machines in our lifetime. Maybe one day, one of these robots could be part of our daily lives.

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Web Design

Creating a website can be a confusing mess. My go to usually is WordPress, but what if there was a simple way to make a website that will boost your company? This is where ClickFunnels comes into play. It’s a fast and easy way to make a web page that will boost your clientele. Or you can impress your boss with a web page and get that promotion.

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