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New Atlas has been celebrating innovation and human endeavor since our first website launched on March 1, 2002. Since then we’ve produced more than 50,000 articles covering advances in technology, science, transportation, architecture, design, and many other disciplines. Initially called Gizmag, we changed our name to New Atlas in 2016 to better reflect what we do. An atlas is a collection of maps, and maps are the tools we use to explore and define new frontiers. That's our mission at New Atlas: we want to trace the development of extraordinary ideas that move the world forward.Source
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Cancer study stumbles onto potential way to regenerate heart cells

Cancer study stumbles onto potential way to regenerate heart cells

© 2020 New Atlas/Cancer study stumbles onto pot...New research could lead to a gene therapy treatment for heart diseaseView 2 Images/New research could lead to a gene therapy treatment for heart disease/New heart cells begin to appear in mice treated with the gene therapyCambridge UniversityUnfortunately for heart attack patients, heart cells don’t naturally replenish, so this vital organ stays permanently damaged. But now, Cambridge researchers have stumbled onto a gene that appears to trigger heart cell regeneration – and they did so by accident, while researching cancer treatments.After...

April 15, 2020
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Molecules identified that reverse cellular aging process

Molecules identified that reverse cellular aging process

© 2020 New Atlas/Molecules identified that reve...A new discovery paves the way for novel drugs that could help safeguard DNA and slow the aging processView 1 Image/A new discovery paves the way for novel drugs that could help safeguard DNA and slow the aging processCentral to a lot of scientific research into aging are tiny caps on the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres. These protective sequences of DNA grow a little shorter each time a cell divides, but by intervening in this process, researchers hope to one day regulate the process of aging and the ill health effects it can bring....

April 27, 2020
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Parkinson's discovery implicates "second brain" in the gut

Parkinson's discovery implicates "second brain" in the gut

© 2020 New Atlas/Parkinson's discovery implicat...The evidence is become more and more compelling that Parkinson's may be associated with the gutView 1 Image/The evidence is become more and more compelling that Parkinson's may be associated with the gutA growing body of evidence is forging a stronger and stronger connection between the onset of . Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have thrown further weight behind this theory, with an investigation of cellular behavior in the nervous system of the digestive system revealing...

April 28, 2020
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"Artificial leaf" device turns water and sunlight into hydrogen fuel

"Artificial leaf" device turns water and sunlight into hydrogen fuel

© 2020 New Atlas/"Artificial leaf" device turns...A new "artificial leaf" design can produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and waterView 2 Images/A new "artificial leaf" design can produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water/A schematic and vertical slice of the artificial leaf design, comprised of a solar cell and catalystsJia LiangResearchers from Rice University have built a simple new solar-powered device that can create hydrogen for fuel by splitting water. The system is very similar to other “” designs, but the team says it’s self-sufficient and relatively cheap to produce.The system...

May 5, 2020
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Landmark research watches sleeping brains replay waking experiences

Landmark research watches sleeping brains replay waking experiences

© 2020 New Atlas/Landmark research watches slee...The study is the first time scientists have directly witnessed in human subjects a processed referred to as offline replayView 1 Image/The study is the first time scientists have directly witnessed in human subjects a processed referred to as offline replayA landmark study, published in the journal Cell Reports, is offering the first direct evidence of a process by which our brains consolidate memories during sleep. The researchers witnessed neuronal firing patterns in humans during sleep that suggest we replay our waking experiences as we...

May 6, 2020
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Asteroid has close encounter with geosynchronous satellite

Asteroid has close encounter with geosynchronous satellite

© 2020 New Atlas/Asteroid has close encounter w...A small asteroid had a close encounter with a satellites in geosynchronous orbit this weekESAView 4 Images/Trajectory of 2020 HS7ESA/The path of 2020 HS7 as seen from above and on the plane of the eclipticESA/A small asteroid had a close encounter with a satellites in geosynchronous orbit this weekESA/Pan-STARRS1 Observatory atop Haleakala Maui at sunsetRob RatkowskiA small asteroid came within a cosmic hairbreadth of the ring of communications satellites circling the Earth in geosynchronous orbit this week. Passing by our planet at an...

May 2, 2020
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"Sniff test" for consciousness may aid in treatment of brain injuries

"Sniff test" for consciousness may aid in treatment of brain injuries

© 2020 New Atlas/"Sniff test" for consciousness...A new study has highlighted the potential of a sniff test to gauge consciousness levels in sufferers of severe brain injuriesView 1 Image/A new study has highlighted the potential of a sniff test to gauge consciousness levels in sufferers of severe brain injuriesAssessing the severity of brain injuries in people showing little or no signs of awareness can be a tall order for physicians. A study out of the University of Cambridge has uncovered a possible new tool that could offer a clearer picture and improved treatment plans for these...

May 4, 2020
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World-first "impossible" rotating detonation engine fires up

World-first "impossible" rotating detonation engine fires up

© 2020 New Atlas/World-first "impossible" rotat...A UCF team has produced a continuously firing prototype of a H2/O2 rotating detonation engine, capable of running until the fuel is turned off – a feat previously thought impossibleProfessor Kareem Ahmed, University of Central FloridaView 3 Images/A UCF team has produced a continuously firing prototype of a H2/O2 rotating detonation engine, capable of running until the fuel is turned off – a feat previously thought impossibleProfessor Kareem Ahmed, University of Central Florida/The three-inch copper test rig has developed up to 200 lbf, but...

May 5, 2020
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Yale captures first ever video of brain clearing out dead neurons

Yale captures first ever video of brain clearing out dead neurons

In the average human body, tens of billions of cells die everyday. It’s a natural process, important for keeping the body healthy. Now, for the first time, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have directly imaged the death of neurons in mice, as well as how the body clears them out afterwards. Although it might seem like brain cells are things you’d definitely want to keep around, it’s better to get rid of the ones that aren’t working. After all, a build-up of dead cells can damage the nervous system and has been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases. To prevent this, the brain –...

June 29, 2020
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Two new solar cells break records, including highest efficiency ever

Two new solar cells break records, including highest efficiency ever

© 2020 New Atlas/Two new solar cells break reco...A small sample of the perovskite-CIGS tandem solar cellHZBView 2 Images/A small sample of the perovskite-CIGS tandem solar cellHZB/John Geisz (left) and Ryan France, researchers on the NREL study that broke the solar cell efficiency recordDennis Schroeder, NRELSolar cells are constantly improving on the road to maximum efficiency. Now, three records have been broken by two different devices, including one that pushes the highest overall solar conversion efficiency towards the 50-percent mark.The top honor was claimed by researchers at the...

April 15, 2020
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