Technology Tuesday: August 2


Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: Google is trying to cure diabetes with bioelectronics, Scientists discover a hormone that can prevent aging, Dolly’s clones shown to be healthy, NASA will explore the Sun in 2018, and a new antibiotic found in the human body.

Google’s Investment in Bioelectronics


By forcing startups like Google X, Fiber and Nest to behave like companies and take financial accountability, Alphabet believes that its subsidiaries are more likely to invest in projects that will ultimately make it money. Being in the expensive healthcare business, Verily — formerly Google Life Sciences — often needs to speculate to accumulate, but for its latest venture, the company is dreaming big. It’s teaming up with British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop bioelectronic medicines that can “harness electrical signals in the body to treat chronic disease.”


 A Hormone That Can Reverse Aging


Scientists have identified a male hormone that reverses cell aging, potentially setting up new treatments to counter diseases caused by cells getting old and worn out.

A new clinical trial marks the first time the use of hormones has been shown to reverse the ageing effects that happen naturally in human cells. We’ve not quite found a way to live forever, but the discovery could help some of us lead longer and healthier lives.


Dolly the Sheep Clones Age Healthily


A study published today in Nature reviews the health of the four clones of infamous Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned animal which was born 20 years ago. Concerns were raised when Dolly died at the comparatively young age of 6.5 years old, however her clones have now all reached a robust nine years old without major health problems. The study’s lead author, Kevin Sinclair, told us more.


NASA Plans to Launch A Sun Probe in 2018


After 60 years of dreaming of a close-up solar mission, it’s quickly approaching time for NASA to realize that goal. Last week, the agency announced that the Solar Probe Plus mission has moved into “advanced development” ahead of a launch in 2018. It’s being built by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL).

Solar Probe Plus has an exciting few years ahead of it following the launch, including no less than seven (!) Venus flybys and a daring plunge into the corona, or the outer atmosphere of the sun. Here are some of the science details for you to brush up on:


Scientists Discover a Powerful New Antibiotic in the Human Nose


Scientists have found what they think could be a crucial weapon in the fight against superbugs, and it was lurking in the bacterial gunk in the human nose this whole time.

The discovery came about through the swabbing and analysis of nasal bacteria in 90 study participants, which revealed a strain of bacterium called Staphylococcus lugdunensis.


Know any interesting stories we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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