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    Singularity University Launches Accelerator To Seize Academia’s Innovation Monopoly

    Singularity University Launches Accelerator To Seize Academia’s Innovation Monopoly

    Singularity University, the technology think tank and incubator, on Wednesday announced a new accelerator program that aims to push technologies out of research facilities and into the real world. SU Labs Accelerator’s portfolio boasts companies whose ambitious goals range from restoring vision to the blind to deploying lithium-ion power to schools in the developing world. Such… Read More

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    Synthetic Biology Is Not Just Good, It’s Good For You Crunch Network

    Synthetic Biology Is Not Just Good, It’s Good For You

    Synthetic biology (synbio for short) is a term that circulates freely through the tech world, but what exactly does it mean? It inspires both excitement and concern, depending on application and context. To advance uses of synthetic biology we need to promote better understanding of what these technologies mean, and how they can be used to improve the world around us in new and exciting ways. Read More

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    Ava Is A Bracelet That Aims To Predict The Most Likely Days For Women To Get Pregnant

    Ava Is A Bracelet That Aims To Predict The Most Likely Days For Women To Get Pregnant

    Ava, a health tracking bracelet for women collects hormonal and other data in an effort to predict a woman’s period and the days of the month she is most likely to get pregnant. The bracelet works by monitoring slight hormonal changes in a woman’s body that are normally unable for women to see or feel. Ava collects over 3 million data points relating to these changes every… Read More

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    Meet Nuclear Power’s Comeback Kids

    Meet Nuclear Power’s Comeback Kids

    Leslie Dewan and Jacob Dewitt are part of a new generation of nuclear scientists pushing for use of safer technologies. Both young founders took to the TechCrunch Disrupt stage today to chat about their work in developing upgraded types of nuclear power generators designed to eat their own waste. Literally. Both MIT-trained nuclear physicists founded separate but similar startups for… Read More

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    Beyond The $1K Genome: DNA ‘Writing’ Comes Next Crunch Network

    Beyond The $1K Genome: DNA ‘Writing’ Comes Next

    The “$1,000 genome” has been one of the most visible tech goals in the last 10 years, even sporting its own XPrize for a short time. It refers to the ability to “sequence”, or de-code the total genetic information encoded in the DNA (genome) of a single human, at a cost of $1000. It’s a daunting task, given that the genome is made up of three billion base pairs… Read More

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    Clear Labs Aims To Be Google Search For GMOs In Packaged Food

    Clear Labs Aims To Be Google Search For GMOs In Packaged Food

    How much gluten, genetically modified organisms and other allergens are in that cereal you ate this morning? Not many people know what is in their food right now, but genomic data startup Clear Labs hopes to index all the packaged fare in the world so we do. The startup uses technology related to sequencing human genomes in clinical trials but applies it to food products. And it’s… Read More

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    Ras Labs Is Testing Futuristic Muscle Material That Could Make Robots Feel More Human

    Ras Labs Is Testing Futuristic Muscle Material That Could Make Robots Feel More Human

    Synthetics startup Ras Labs is working with the International Space Station to test “smart materials” that contract like living tissue. These “electroactive” materials can expand, contract and conform to our limbs just like human muscles when a current moves through them – and they could be used to make robots move and feel more human to the touch. Ras Labs… Read More

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    Stanford Partners With Life Sciences Marketplace Quartzy For Campus Lab Supplies

    Stanford Partners With Life Sciences Marketplace Quartzy For Campus Lab Supplies

    Quartzy is a lab supplies marketplace often used among life scientists at various universities, but particularly at Stanford. The academic institution made that relationship official today. Quartzy will now be deployed in labs across the Stanford campus to save the university cash on lab supplies. Read More

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    A Look At Open Bionics’ 3D-Printed Robotic Hands For Amputees

    Open Bionics, a startup out of the U.K. that makes bionic hands, figured out how to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics using a combination of open-sourced 3D printing software and robotic sensors. Nearly 2 million people live with the loss of a limb in the U.S., according to Amputee Coalition. The most common amputation is partial hand or arm loss. Read More

  • The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

    The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

    Hardware took the spotlight at today’s Y Combinator Demo Day, reflecting a major shift of the accelerator beyond the cliche mobile app startup. Out of the 50 companies from the Summer 2015 batch that demoed on the record today, 20 featured hardware. What was formally the Demo Day lunchroom has become an expo hall for all manners of robots and gadgets. We explore this shift in our… Read More

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    YC Backs Cofactor Genomics To Pursue RNA Testing, Which Could Offer Better Diagnoses Than DNA

    YC Backs Cofactor Genomics To Pursue RNA Testing, Which Could Offer Better Diagnoses Than DNA

    As part of Y Combinator’s push into computational biology and bioinformatics, the early-stage firm is backing a team that used to work on the Human Genome Project and is now experimenting with RNA testing through a startup called Cofactor Genomics. They argue RNA, which is the intermediate step between a person’s DNA and the proteins their bodies make, is a much more accurate… Read More

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