Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:23:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This company invented a way of dyeing clothes without using water or chemicals Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:23:47 +0000

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Black Mirror IRL: Five Scary Ways Billionaires are Investing in Immortality Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:22:49 +0000

While we all know that billionaires control a substantial amount of the world’s wealth – in fact, current projections see the richest 1% controlling 2/3 of it by 2030. But, did you know that when they aren’t investing in space shuttles, underground Hyperloops and sprawling tech campuses, the super-rich are looking at a range of mind-blowing methods to increase their lifespan?

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A Microscopic Realm Seen ‘Through the Eyes of the Cell’ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:04:27 +0000

A new imaging tool works more like Google Maps than a traditional microscope.

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Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:04:23 +0000

Anyone who tells you the robot apocalypse is upon us—that the machines will not stop stealing our jobs, that they are gearing up to chase us through the streets while doing backflips and fighting off stick-wielding humans—has never tried to program a robot. It’s difficult to get a machine to do so much as move an arm, which requires the precise control and coordination of joint angles and torque.

The difficulty of programming robots is a problem that Facebook, of all companies, wants to fix. Today the social network continues its unlikely dive into robotics by open-sourcing a new robot framework, known as PyRobot, that could simplify the way researchers program their machines, and could even make it easier for non-robotics types to jump into the field. If programming robots has so far been something like wading through a command-line interface, PyRobot promises to be like gliding through the sleekness of macOS. At least, that’s the hope: Many others have tried and failed to do this kind of thing.

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Machine learning unlocks mysteries of quantum physics Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:04:02 +0000

Understanding electrons’ intricate behavior has led to discoveries that transformed society, such as the revolution in computing made possible by the invention of the transistor.

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Receding Gum Repair Surgery Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:03:47 +0000

Do You Have Receding Gums? Watch This Procedure on Gingival Recession Repair.

Do You Have Receding Gums? Watch This Procedure on Gingival.

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Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promising Results In Mice Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:03:12 +0000

Scientists develop a new vaccine for alzheimer’s disease.

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An AI-Guided Dishwasher Is Helping Restaurants Facing Labour Shortages Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:43:19 +0000

Dishwashers already make our washing automated. This robot uses AI scanners for extra cleanliness.

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Miniature probe measures tissue health deep inside the lung Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:43:03 +0000

A tiny fibre probe can measure key indicators of tissue damage at previously inaccessible sites.

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Inside Life on the Frontlines of the Ebola Crisis in Congo Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:42:47 +0000

On the frontlines of the Ebola response are local Congolese workers with temporary job contracts. They are often driven into this work by economic necessity, as well as a desire to help.

Belinda Landu, a tall 28-year-old with long hair who radiates confidence, was making a meager living as a tailor in capital city Kinshasa before the outbreak. While visiting her mother in Beni last August, she spotted an advertisement for a health promoter. Today, she’s passionate about her role: decontaminating the houses of confirmed Ebola patients. “I want to stop the spread of the epidemic,” she said. “My family understand I work here to help people. If we get Ebola people will help us too.”

When she arrives at the scene of a recent diagnosis, Landu changes into a full protective outfit, including a full plastic bodysuit, mask, hairnet, gumboots, and both latex and rubber gloves, and begins the slow process of covering everything — inside and outside a house — with a chlorinated spray. Locals gather around to stare at her. They’re often terrified, she says, though she tries to be kind — speaking to them before she starts, and even stopping to play soccer with children after she changes out of her outfit.

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Florida city pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:42:32 +0000

Cyberattack blocked 911 dispatchers from logging calls, as a growing number of U.S. municipalities are taken hostage.

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For the June edition of Journal Club Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:23:02 +0000

Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests will be taking a look at the recent human trial of Urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates which is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Join us at 13:00 EDT on our Facebook channel where we will be livestreaming the show and discussing this interesting publication.

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‘Little Big Coil’ creates record-breaking continuous magnetic field Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:42:43 +0000

Compact high-temperature superconductor magnet reaches 45.5 T.

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Cisco Live 2019: Quantum Computing Presents an Exciting (and Scary) Future for IT Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:42:26 +0000

The future is quantum, and while it’s absolutely full of possibilities, the increased power and scale of quantum computing presents some serious security concerns.

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The Mars Homes That NASA Awarded $500,000 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:42:44 +0000

These are the Mars homes that NASA awarded $500,000.

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CRISPR babies: when will the world be ready? Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:03:36 +0000

Nature asked researchers and other stakeholders what hurdles remain before heritable gene editing could become acceptable as a clinical tool. Although some scientific challenges are probably surmountable, approval on a grand scale is likely to require changes to how clinical trials are run, as well as a broader consensus about the technology.

Efforts to make heritable changes to the human genome are fraught with uncertainty. Here’s what it would take to make the technique safe and acceptable.

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Earth: Earth is special Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:03:13 +0000

🌎 It’s the only place in the universe that we know contains life. Celebrate its beauty by taking a look at these breathtaking images of our home planet, as captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station:

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The Q-CTRL Team, Board of Directors and Investors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:02:27 +0000

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Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth Thu, 20 Jun 2019 04:02:13 +0000

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida.

“The operation on the fetus in the uterus, I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Center.

Cass and a team of more than a dozen other specialists including pediatric neurosurgeons, a fetal cardiologist and pediatric anesthesiologists performed the surgery on a nearly 23-week fetus with the birth defect spina bifida in February.

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Mind Over Matter: Cognitive Neuroengineering Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:42:35 +0000

I had a little more invested in BCI.

Brain-machine interface—once the stuff of science fiction novels—is coming to a computer near you. The only question is: How soon? While the technology is in its infancy, it is already helping people with spinal cord injuries. Our authors examine its potential to be the ultimate game changer for any number of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as behavior, learning, and memory.

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Survival to Age 90 in Men: The Tromsø Study 1974–2018 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:22:47 +0000 The aim of this study was to identify risk factors, individually and in combination, and their impact on reaching up to 90 years of age. The 738 oldest men who participated in the first survey of the population-based Tromsø Study (Tromsø 1) in Norway in 1974 have now had the chance to reach the age of 90 years. The men were also invited to subsequent surveys (Tromsø 2–7, 1979–2016) and have been followed up for all-cause deaths. This study sought to investigate what could be learned from how these men have fared. The men were born in 1925–1928 and similar health-related data from questionnaires, physical examination, and blood samples are available for all surveys. Survival curves over various variable strata were applied to evaluate the impact of individual risk factors and combinations of risk factors on all-cause deaths. At the end of 2018, 118 (16.0%) of the men had reached 90 years of age. Smoking in 1974 was the strongest single risk factor associated with survival, with observed percentages of men reaching 90 years being 26.3, 25.7, and 10.8 for never, former, and current smokers, respectively. Significant effects on survival were also found for physical inactivity, low income, being unmarried, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. For men with 0–4 of these risk factors, the percentages reaching 90 years were 33.3, 24.9, 12.4, 14.4, and 1.5, respectively. Quitting smoking and increasing physical activity before 55 years of age improved survival significantly. Men should refrain from smoking and increase their physical activity, especially those with low income, those who are unmarried, and those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A limitation is that data on women not were collected; Quitting smoking and increasing physical activity before 55 years of age improved survival significantly.

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SpinLaunch Secures First Contract for Revolutionary New Space Launch Services Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:22:21 +0000 .contentx .post .post-body p+ul,ul>ul{padding-bottom: 1.3em !important;}

SpinLaunch has been awarded a responsive launch prototype contract from the DoD, facilitated by DIU for kinetic energy-based launch services.

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Submission to the Immortality Project conducted by University of California, Riverside – Dr Janni Lloyd Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:42:13 +0000 I’m Dr Janni Lloyd. My interest in health formally began in 1973 when I commenced my medical degree at the University of Western Australia. I spent many years in General Practice with a special interest in the psychological and emotional aspects of health maintenance and disease creation. In 1994 I moved into Holistic / Alternative / Complementary health. In 1992 I began studying Healthy Longevity / Indefinite Life Extension and the philosophy of Physical Immortality from many different perspectives – spirituality/theology, holistic health, psychology, medical science and quantum physics.

The following essay/article combines many of these different viewpoints.


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Biology of leptin, the hunger hormone, revealed Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:03:35 +0000

In a new study, Yale researchers offer insight into leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in appetite, overeating, and obesity. Their findings advance knowledge about leptin and weight gain, and also suggest a potential strategy for developing future weight-loss treatments, they said.

The study, led by investigators at Yale and Harvard, was published the week of June 17, 2019, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Leptin, which is secreted by fat cells, informs the brain when fuel stored in body fat and in the liver is becoming depleted. It has not been well understood how low leptin concentrations in plasma — the largest component of blood — increase appetite. The researchers studied the biology of leptin in rodents. They also investigated the influence of nerve cells in the brain known as AgRP neurons, which regulate eating behavior.

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Bezos says Blue Origin will one day refuel its lunar lander with ice from the moon Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:03:22 +0000

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos gave more insight into his space company’s lunar plans on Wednesday, explaining how its spacecraft will eventually be powered with fuel harvested from the moon.

“We know things about the moon now we didn’t know about during the Apollo days,” Bezos said, speaking at the JFK Space Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.

One of the things learned since Apollo that Bezos highlighted is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon.

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California police put Robocop on patrol in park Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:03:05 +0000

A Southern California police force is welcoming a robot to the department. Huntington Park police say “HP RoboCop” will provide 360-degree high-definition video footage. (June 18)
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Challenges of Living in Zero Gravity on the International Space Station Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:02:50 +0000

Astronauts living on the International Space Station help with the study of human survival and endurance in space. The challenges they encounter are unique due to the lack of gravity that we take for granted on Earth.

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Dr. Dennis McKenna — ideaXme — Psychedelic Drugs in Mainstream Medicine — Ira Pastor Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:11:30 +0000 ]]> 0 Mark Larkento Photo Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:22:22 +0000


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Biotech Investing in Longevity Panel 2: Aubrey de Grey, Gordon Lithgow, Mike West Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:02:47 +0000

Collaborate toward positive futures:

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Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:42:21 +0000

Carl Gaignage

Jimmy Carter leased 10 acres of land to build a solar farm with the capacity to meet more than 50 percent of the energy needs of his hometown.

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How common gut bacteria trigger a lethal autoimmune disease Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:03:59 +0000

What causes the immune system, designed to protect us, to turn on the body and attack healthy cells? Common bacteria that reside in the human gut may be partly to blame, say Yale researchers, who studied the origins of a serious autoimmune disease that frequently affects young women.

For their study, the research team focused on cells from patients with antiphospholipid syndrome, an disorder that raises the risk of blood clots. This chronic condition can lead to lung clots, strokes, heart attacks, and in pregnant women, miscarriages or still births.

Using patient immune cells and antibodies, as well as animal models of the disease, the investigators did several experiments to explore the phenomenon. They found that a , Roseburia intestinalis, can trigger the disease in individuals who have a genetic predisposition. In those patients, the immune system’s defender T and B cells react to a blood protein involved in clotting, and also to the bacteria, in certain found in the bacteria. Over time, this ongoing “cross-reactive” response leads to tissue damage and chronic disease.

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Special nanotubes could improve solar power and imaging technology Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:03:47 +0000

Physicists have discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates current in the presence of light. Devices such as optical sensors and infrared imaging chips are likely applications, which could be useful in fields such as automated transport and astronomy. In future, if the effect can be magnified and the technology scaled up, it could lead to high-efficiency solar power devices.

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First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:03:34 +0000

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor.

Being able to noninvasively control robotic devices using only thoughts will have broad applications, in particular benefiting the lives of paralyzed patients and those with movement disorders.

BCIs have been shown to achieve good performance for controlling robotic devices using only the signals sensed from . When robotic devices can be controlled with high precision, they can be used to complete a variety of daily tasks. Until now, however, BCIs successful in controlling robotic arms have used invasive brain implants. These implants require a substantial amount of medical and surgical expertise to correctly install and operate, not to mention cost and potential risks to subjects, and as such, their use has been limited to just a few clinical cases.

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New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:03:20 +0000

Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.

The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.

“The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”

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Navy Patents Sound Weapon Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:22:43 +0000

Imagine a day when a submarine could blast a target to smithereens using nothing more than acoustic energy. That’s the idea behind a recently granted U.S. Navy patent for a cavitation weapon. The powerful weapon would use sonar to generate “acoustic remote cavitation,” i.e. a big pressure bubble, that would destroy everything from torpedoes to mines. As the patent describes:

*A method is disclosed of generating a predetermined field of cavitation around a remote target in an underwater environment. The method includes the steps of identifying a remote target location, generating at least two acoustic beams, each at a high power output, from an underwater acoustic source, and controlling the generated acoustic beams to intersect with each other at the remote target location and thereby create a destructive cavitation field at the intersection of the beams. The acoustic source and target can be located in unconfined underwater space and at a distance of at least 100 m apart. *

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NASA Wants Robots to Sniff Out Moon Pits for Astronaut Homes Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:02:22 +0000

These robots will help pave the way for future moon dwellers.

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Food Production in a Hyper-Tech Future: Taste Tests and Lab-Grown Meat? Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:10:44 +0000

Burger-and bratwurst-flipping robots officially became a thing in 2017, but there is much more to come in the years ahead when we think about the potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge technologies to the future of food production.  Developments in 3D printing, cloud computing, big data, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) will introduce new possibilities to the industry—with AI binding them all together and providing powerful insights to help change every facet of food production, distribution and retailing.  So, what transformations for food and beverage production could occur in the aftermath of various bursts of innovation rising from these new technologies with seemingly magical powers? 

Thinking ahead to 2025, distinct images of the future start to come into view.  For example, could celebrity-inspired robochefs custom-make personalized meals based on a cloud-stored digital profile which takes into account each diner’s personal preferences, dietary issues, allergies, and health records?   As a form of food manufacturing, personalized food could be achieved with 3D printing, with the factory providing the ingredients with the food then printed in the consumer’s home or a local food fabrication centre – which could be anything from a school kitchen to your local cafe.  This form of future food production would create opportunities for manufacturers to interact with consumers more directly, perhaps using blockchain to eliminate the information loss that normally occurs through layers of middlemen like transport and retail.  

Self-driving trucks and autonomous drones for food transport and urban vertical gardens could help meet the rising food demands of the future – extending the manufacturers’ reach in previously unimaginable ways.  Virtual reality and augmented reality also offer unconventional access to consumers from the manufacturing side—simulated taste, smell and even touch may soon become part of the food and drink experience.  The ability to test new ideas and access new markets in mixed reality is a huge new opportunity for food and drink manufacturers.  Picture the scene, the consumer creates their ideal meal – including taste, smell, touch and visual presentation. The food is then robo-picked from the manufacturer’s town centre based vertical farm, the meal is prepared by the robo-chef in the back of the autonomous delivery vehicle and then transported and flash heated by a drone that literally places the meal on your dining table. Every technological element of this scenario is there now or will be within a year or two at the outside. 

By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, April Koury, Karolina Dolatowska, Maria Romero and Alexandra Whittington at Fast Future 


Rohit and his colleagues are futurists with Fast Future who specialise in studying and advising on the future of business, and in particular manufacturing, hospitality and healthcare. Fast Future also publishes books from future thinkers around the world exploring how developments such as AI, robotics and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, society and business and create new trillion-dollar sectors. Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future. See: 

Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, keynote speaker, author, and CEO of Fast Future where he helps clients develop and deliver transformative visions of the future. He is the editor and contributing author for The Future of Business, editor of Technology vs. Humanity and co-editor of a forthcoming book on The Future of AI in Business. 

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Astronomers have found two new planets that could potentially support life Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:02:54 +0000

Is anybody home? Astronomers have pinpointed two planets orbiting a nearby star that meet pretty much every requirement for supporting life. They’re almost exactly the same mass as the Earth, they are billions of years old (which means life could have had time to evolve), and they’re orbiting their star at a distance that would support things like water flow and habitable temperatures.

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Using CRISPR to resurrect the woolly mammoth Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:42:36 +0000

De-extinction, bringing extinct species back from the dead, is now on the table thanks to the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR.

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The world’s best supercomputers are being updated to run AI software faster Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:42:21 +0000

The upgrades include changes to make AI programming simpler—and to speed up powerful machines for specific AI tasks.

The news: The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) kicked off in Frankfurt yesterday with the release of the latest list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. US machines still top the ranking, but China has the most computers on the list (219 versus 116 for the US).

Supercomputers have already turbocharged some AI applications. For example. the US’s Summit supercomputer (pictured above), which leads the Top 500, has already run a complex machine-learning model for climate research faster than any other machine.

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Three Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose a company in crisis Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:22:19 +0000

Thanks Betty Lim ❤🔘 Great stuff.

“At first it didn’t bother me — but after a while, it started taking a toll,” Bennetti told me. “I got to feel, like, a cloud — a darkness — over me. I started being depressed. I’m a very happy, outgoing person, and I was [becoming] withdrawn. My anxiety went up. It was hard to get through it every day. It started affecting my home life.”

Johnson was particularly disturbed by the site’s sole bathroom, which she regularly found in a state of disrepair. (The company says it has janitors available every shift in Tampa.) In the stalls, signs posted in response to employee misbehavior proliferated. Do not use your feet to flush the toilet. Do not flush more than five toilet seat covers at one time. Do not put any substances, natural or unnatural, on the walls.

“And obviously the signs are there for a reason, because people are doing this,” said Johnson, who worked at the site until March. “Every bit of that building was absolutely disgusting. You’d go in the bathroom and there would be period blood and poop all over the place. It smelled horrendous all the time.”

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A SpaceX surprise: Falcon Heavy booster landing to smash distance record Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:02:25 +0000

In an unexpected last-second change, SpaceX has moved Falcon Heavy Flight 3’s center core landing on drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) from 40 km to more than 1240 km (770 mi) off the coast of Florida.

Drone ship OCISLY is already being towed to the landing site, necessary due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered at a leisurely towing pace. The current record for distance traveled during booster recovery was set at ~970 km by Falcon Heavy center core B1055 in April 2019. If successful, Falcon Heavy center core B1057 will smash that record by almost 30% after sending two dozen spacecraft on their way to orbit. Falcon Heavy Flight 3 is scheduled to lift off in support of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program 2 (STP-2) mission no earlier than 11:30 pm ET (03:30 UTC), June 24th. A routine static fire test at Pad 39A will (hopefully) set the stage for launch on Wednesday, June 19th.

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Eating Cheese Could Actually Make You Live Longer, Science Says Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:42:24 +0000

a woman eating a slice of pizza: A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan.

Every now and again, a study is released that makes our heart skip a beat.

Recently, research published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan (and it wasn’t even satire!).

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Podcast Special Edition Mini-Cast: Preview of The 2019 Ending-Age Related Diseases Conference Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:02:20 +0000

“As far as I’m concerned, ageing is humanity’s worst problem, by some serious distance.”–Aubrey de Grey.

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Collaborative research charts course to hundreds of new nitrides Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:03:40 +0000

Andriy Zakutayev knows the odds of a scientist stumbling across a new nitride mineral are about the same as a ship happening upon a previously undiscovered landmass.

“If you find any in nature, it’s probably in a meteorite,” said Zakutayev, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Formed when metallic elements combine with nitrogen, nitrides can possess unique properties with spanning from semiconductors to industrial coatings. One nitride semiconductor served as the cornerstone of a Nobel Prize-winning technology for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). But before nitrides can be put to use, they first must be discovered—and now, researchers have a map to guide them.

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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:03:25 +0000

Breakthrough demonstrations using defective diamonds, high-flying drones, laser-bathed crystals and other exotica suggest practical, unhackable quantum networks are within reach.

  • By Anil Ananthaswamy on June 19, 2019
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The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:02:41 +0000

IoT has arrived on the factory floor with the force of Kool-Aid Man exploding through walls.

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Medicine dispensing innovation wins engineering prize Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:02:24 +0000

Thanks to a new locker system for dispensing medicines, patients can now get their medicines in only 36 seconds.

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Michio Kaku: Genetic and digital immortality are within reach Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:42:40 +0000 via @michiokaku

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What universities can learn from one of science’s biggest frauds Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:04:30 +0000

Gunsalus agrees that the Sato case highlights some of the problems with misconduct investigations, and says that if shortcomings emerge, further reviews may be needed. She suggests institutional panels should include external members and that officials should also use a standardized checklist to strengthen their processes. “There should be some way for journals, funders, patients and others to be assured of the credibility and thoroughness of university reviews,” says Gunsalus.

Detailed analysis of misconduct investigations into huge research fraud suggests institutional probes aren’t rigorous enough.

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The Same Exact Foods Affect Each Person’s Gut Bacteria Differently Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:22:58 +0000

Diet can influence the gut microbiome, but the same food can have the opposite effect on different people.

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Applying active inference body perception to a humanoid robot Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:22:37 +0000

A key challenge for robotics researchers is developing systems that can interact with humans and their surrounding environment in situations that involve varying degrees of uncertainty. In fact, while humans can continuously learn from their experiences and perceive their body as a whole as they interact with the world, robots do not yet have these capabilities.

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have recently carried out an ambitious study in which they tried to apply “active inference,” a theoretical construct that describes the ability to unite perception and action, to a humanoid robot. Their study is part of a broader EU-funded project called SELFCEPTION, which bridges robotics and with the aim of developing more perceptive robots.

“The original research question that triggered this work was to provide and artificial agents in general with the capacity to perceive their body as humans do,” Pablo Lanillos, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore. “The main goal was to improve their capabilities to interact under uncertainty. Under the umbrella of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project we initially defined a roadmap to include some characteristics of human perception and action into robots.”

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Engineers boost output of solar desalination system Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:22:24 +0000

Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its creators first believed.

Researchers in Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) this week showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into “hot spots.” The results are available online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The typical way to boost performance in solar-driven systems is to add solar concentrators and bring in more light,” said Pratiksha Dongare, a graduate student in applied physics at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and co-lead author of the paper. “The big difference here is that we’re using the same amount of light. We’ve shown it’s possible to inexpensively redistribute that power and dramatically increase the rate of purified production.”

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A new chip lets robots “imagine” their actions before they make a move Wed, 19 Jun 2019 01:42:23 +0000

Oh yes.

Robots that can rapidly plan out their movements could accelerate factory automation—and help keep fragile humans safe.

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New evidence supports the presence of microbes in the placenta Wed, 19 Jun 2019 01:02:23 +0000

“Previously, bacteria were found using metagenomics or microbiome sequencing, and now we have confirmed that signal based on our ability to label the bacterial RNA with a florescent ‘tag’ and actually see them,” said Dr. Maxim Seferovic, instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor and lead author in the study. “We leveraged a powerful new imaging technology to add greater specificity in the signal of bacterial RNA, which helped us to see bacteria within the microarchitecture of the placental tissue.”

Researchers examined microbes in term and preterm gestations using a signal amplified 16S universal in situ hybridization probe designed for bacterial rRNA, along with several other histologic methods. Seferovic said the study was carefully designed to control for contamination as best as possible, so that these sparse bacteria could be accurately attributed to their location in the placenta.

“We did not see quantitative or numerical differences between preterm or full-term births, nor did we see them localizing to different substrata. But we do see differences in what genera of bacteria are there in preterm or full term, and this supported our and other’s past findings as well,” said Aagaard.

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New DNA-Scanning Software Can ID You in Minutes Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:03:26 +0000

But could hackers abscond with your genetic information?

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Pocket-sized DNA reader used to scan entire human genome sequence Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:03:10 +0000

It still needs some help to assemble a genome, but it provides unique information.

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Sensitive scanning technology for low frequency nuclear point mutations in human genomic DNA Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:02:55 +0000

Knowledge of the kinds and numbers of nuclear point mutations in human tissues is essential to the understanding of the mutation mechanisms underlying genetic diseases. However, nuclear point mutant fractions in normal humans are so low that few methods exist to measure them. We have now developed a means to scan for point mutations in 100 bp nuclear single copy sequences at mutant fractions as low as 10–6.Beginning with about 10 human cells we first enrich for the desired nuclear sequence 10 000-fold from the genomic DNA by sequence-specific hybridization coupled with a biotin–streptavidin capture system. We next enrich for rare mutant sequences 100-fold against the wild-type sequence by wide bore constant denaturant capillary electrophoresis (CDCE). The mutant-enriched sample is subsequently amplified by high fidelity PCR using fluorescein-labeled primers. Amplified mutant sequences are further enriched via two rounds of CDCE coupled with high fidelity PCR. Individual mutants, seen as distinct peaks on CDCE, are then isolated and sequenced. We have tested this approach by measuring N-methyl–N ′-nitro–N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG)-induced point mutations in a 121 bp sequence of the adenomatous polyposis coli gene (APC) in human lymphoblastoid MT1 cells. Twelve different MNNG-induced GC→AT transitions were reproducibly observed in MNNG-treated cells at mutant fractions between 2 × 10–6 and 9 × 10–6. The sensitivity of this approach was limited by the fidelity of Pfu DNA polymerase, which created 14 different GC→TA transversions at a mutant fraction equivalent to ~10–6 in the original samples. The approach described herein should be general for all DNA sequences suitable for CDCE analysis. Its sensitivity and capacity would permit detection of stem cell mutations in tissue sectors consisting of ~10 cells.

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The Cat From Outer Space (1978) — Trailer Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:43:26 +0000

O.o :3

Movie Trailer for “The Cat From Outer Space” (1978)

Starring: ken berry, sandy duncan, harry morgan, roddy mcdowall, mclean stevenson.

Directed By: Norman Tokar

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Medical Benefits of Scorpion Venom Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:42:42 +0000

Medical benefits of Scorpion Venom, the most expensive liquid on Earth!

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Satellites show 740 square kilometres of rainforest cleared in 30 days Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:22:23 +0000

The bulldozing of the Amazon rainforest has risen sharply since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power.

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Scientists discover new type of self-healing material Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:03:44 +0000

A research group from RIKEN and Kyushu University has developed a new type of material, based on ethylene, which exhibits a number of useful properties such as self-healing and shape memory. Remarkably, some of the materials can spontaneously self-heal even in water or acidic and alkali solutions. The new material is based on ethylene, a compound that is the source of much of the plastic in use today.

Materials that can self-heal have become a popular area of research during the last decade, and a variety of materials have been developed. However, most of the materials reported to date have relied on sophisticated designs that incorporate chemical mechanisms into polymer networks, such as irreversible or reversible covalent-bond formation, hydrogen bonding, metal-ligand interactions, or ionic interactions. As a result, they require some , such as heat or pressure, to prompt them to heal, and in most cases, they do not function in water, acid or alkaline solutions because the chemical networks cannot survive such conditions. The ideal is to create a material that possesses sufficient toughness and can autonomously self-heal under various conditions.

For the present research, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the researchers used a catalyst based on scandium, a rare metal, to create polymers composed of alternating sequences of ethylene and anisylpropylenes and shorter ethylene-ethylene segments by the of ethylene and anisylpropylenes. This new class of well-defined, functionalized polyolefins ranged from soft viscoelastic materials—materials that can be both elastic but also exhibit liquid-like properties—to tough elastomers, which can be stretched but return to their original shapes, and rigid plastics. The elastomer copolymers were very elastic, and tough, and also showed remarkable self-healing property, as they autonomously self-healed when subjected to mechanical damage not only in a dry environment but also in water and aqueous acid and alkaline solutions, without the need for any external energy or stimulus.

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Google backs a bid to use CRISPR to prevent heart disease Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:03:17 +0000

Ever wonder why some fortunate people eat chips, don’t exercise, and still don’t get clogged arteries? It could be because they’ve got lucky genes.

Now Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is bankrolling a startup company that plans to use gene editing to spread fortunate DNA variations with “one-time” injections of the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Heart doctors involved say the DNA-tweaking injections could “confer lifelong protection” against heart disease.

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Humans, Cyborgs, Posthumans: Francesca Ferrando at TEDxSiliconAlley Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:03:03 +0000

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Captain Marvel’s Powers: Could CRISPR Make Them a Reality? Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:45:25 +0000

Captain Marvel is considered one of the top female superheroes of all time by many standards. Learn about her powers, how they work, and explore how sci-fi could become reality if CRISPR genome editing could create superhumans just like Captain Marvel.

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A self-assembled nanoscale robotic arm controlled by electric fields Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:45:07 +0000

Most nanoelectromechanical systems are formed by etching inorganic materials such as silicon. Kopperger et al. improved the precision of such machines by synthesizing a 25-nm-long arm defined by a DNA six-helix bundle connected to a 55 nm-by-55 nm DNA origami plate via flexible single-stranded scaffold crossovers (see the Perspective by Hogberg). When placed in a cross-shaped electrophoretic chamber, the arms could be driven at angular frequencies of up to 25 Hz and positioned to within 2.5 nm. The arm could be used to transport fluorophores and inorganic nanoparticles.

Science, this issue p. 296; see also p. 279

The use of dynamic, self-assembled DNA nanostructures in the context of nanorobotics requires fast and reliable actuation mechanisms. We therefore created a 55-nanometer–by–55-nanometer DNA-based molecular platform with an integrated robotic arm of length 25 nanometers, which can be extended to more than 400 nanometers and actuated with externally applied electrical fields. Precise, computer-controlled switching of the arm between arbitrary positions on the platform can be achieved within milliseconds, as demonstrated with single-pair Förster resonance energy transfer experiments and fluorescence microscopy. The arm can be used for electrically driven transport of molecules or nanoparticles over tens of nanometers, which is useful for the control of photonic and plasmonic processes. Application of piconewton forces by the robot arm is demonstrated in force-induced DNA duplex melting experiments.

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Tardigrade DNA inserted into human cells gives them X-ray resistance Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:44:45 +0000

This is where it gets a little weird.

When the team treated human cells in culture with extract of tardigrade, the GFP-tagged proteins stuck to human DNA just like they stick to tardigrade DNA, and cheerfully started doing what they do best: tamping down oxidative stress. When X-rays hit human cells, they do two kinds of damage. X-rays can cause direct DNA strand breaks, which are mostly single-strand. When they strike water molecules, they can also excite them into producing reactive oxygen species, which also cause single-strand breaks. High enough doses of X-rays can cause double-strand breaks. The damage-suppressing protein Dsup went immediately to work on the culture of human cells, suppressing or repairing single-strand and double-strand breaks by about 40%.

Clearly this means we can consume water bears to gain their powers. The study authors remark that the gene portfolio of the tardigrade represents “a treasury of genes” to improve or augment stress tolerance in other cells. Plug-and-play genetics, anyone?

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Breaks in the Perfect Symmetry of the Universe Could Be a Window Into Completely New Physics Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:44:30 +0000

If this fundamental symmetry of the universe doesn’t hold, it could break open.

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Watch Element 115 Full Episode Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:44:15 +0000

Could an exotic super heavy element provide the key to humanity’s future in the stars? According to physicist Bob Lazar, “Element 115” is the fuel source for an alien spacecraft he was hired to reverse-engineer by the U.S. government—and if we can harness its awesome power, it will change our world forever.

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Harvard Scientists Make ‘Landmark’ Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:44:03 +0000

Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published Monday, they say they have finally found a way to synthesize in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed up research into these molecules, including a planned clinical trial in humans.

Called halichondrins, the molecules were originally discovered by Japanese researchers in the mid-1980s in sea sponges. It became quickly apparent that they were capable of aggressively fighting tumors in both mice and lab dishes containing human cells, and in a way different from other existing treatments.

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Toyota May Introduce Solid-state Batteries for Electric Cars By 2020 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:43:44 +0000

Toyota is working on potentially game-changing solid-state batteries, and they may arrive sooner than expected. The Japanese automaker’s R&D boss said Toyota hopes to unveil the batteries in 2020, two years ahead of schedule. Toyota plans to introduce more electric cars to its lineup.

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A Glass Battery That Keeps Getting Better? Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:43:30 +0000

A prototype solid-state battery based on lithium and glass faces criticism over claims that its capacity increases over time.

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OK Go (@okgo) • Instagram photos and videos Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:43:15 +0000

142.2k Followers, 4 Following, 1,241 Posts — See Instagram photos and videos from OK Go (@okgo)

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Interview with Prof. Morgan Levine Tue, 18 Jun 2019 20:22:23 +0000

Tam Hunt interviews Prof. Morgan Levine about her work with epigenetics and aging.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in biology in the last few decades has been the discovery of epigenetics. Rather than changing the genes themselves, epigenetics change how genes are expressed, allowing our cells to differentiate between their various types.

However, the epigenetics of our cells change over time. There is some debate over how much epigenetic alterations are a cause or a consequence of other age-related damage, but they are one of the primary hallmarks of aging.

Multiple “epigenetic clocks” have been developed over the last decade. These clocks are now displaying an uncanny ability to determine biological age, and Steve Horvath’s GrimAge can predict, with limited accuracy, how much longer a human has to live!

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Rules of brain architecture revealed in large study of neuron shape and electrophysiology Tue, 18 Jun 2019 20:02:24 +0000

To understand our brains, scientists need to know their components. This theme underlies a growing effort in neuroscience to define the different building blocks of the brain—its cells.

With the mouse’s 80 million and our 86 billion, sorting through those delicate, microscopic building blocks is no small feat. A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which was published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, describes a large profile of mouse neuron types based on two important characteristics of the : their 3D shape and their electrical behavior.

The study, which yielded the largest dataset of its kind from the adult laboratory mouse to date, is part of a larger effort at the Allen Institute to discover the ’s “periodic table” through large-scale explorations of brain . The researchers hope a better understanding of cell types in a healthy mammalian brain will lay the foundation for uncovering the cell types that underlie human brain disorders and diseases.

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Dark centers of chromosomes reveal ancient DNA Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:43:27 +0000

Geneticists exploring the dark heart of the human genome have discovered big chunks of Neanderthal and other ancient DNA. The results open new ways to study both how chromosomes behave during cell division and how they have changed during human evolution.

Centromeres sit in the middle of chromosomes, the pinched-in “waist” in the image of a chromosome from a biology textbook. The centromere anchors the fibers that pull chromosomes apart when cells divide, which means they are really important for understanding what happens when goes wrong, leading to cancer or genetic defects.

But the DNA of centromeres contains lots of repeating sequences, and scientists have been unable to properly map this region.

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Study sheds light on gauge invariance in ultrastrong-coupling cavity quantum electrodynamics Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:43:14 +0000

In quantum electrodynamics, the choice of gauge (i.e. specific mathematical formalism used to regulate degrees of freedom) can greatly influence the form of light-matter interactions. Interestingly, however, the “gauge invariance” principle implies that all physical results should be independent from a researcher’s choice of gauge. The quantum Rabi model, which is often used to describe light-matter interactions in cavity-QED, has been found to violate this principle in the presence of ultrastrong light-matter coupling, and past studies have attributed this failure to the finite-level truncation of the matter system.

A team of researchers at RIKEN (Japan), Università di Messina (Italy) and the University of Michigan (U.S.) have recently carried out a study investigating this topic further. In their paper, published in Nature Physics, they identified the source of this gauge violation and provided a method to derive light-matter Hamiltonians in truncated Hilbert spaces, which can produce gauge-invariant physical results even in extreme light-matter interaction regimes.

“Ultrastrong coupling between light and matter has, in the past decade, transitioned from a theoretical idea to an experimental reality,” Salvatore Savasta, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “It is a new regime of light-matter interaction, which goes beyond weak and strong coupling to make the coupling strength comparable to the transition frequencies in the system. These regimes, besides enabling intriguing new physical effects, as well as many , represents an opportunity to deepen our understanding subtle aspects of the interaction of light and matter.”

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Reduced adhesion between tissues could create microscopic tumours Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:43:00 +0000

Mechanics study boosts our understanding tumour evolution.

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‘Double-slit’ quantum experiment shows strangeness of quantum uncertainty Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:42:34 +0000

This theory combines wave and particle aspects in quantum mechanics be postulating that the motion of a particle is choreographed by the wave function.

By reconstructing the Bohmian trajectories of single photons, the team experimentally obtained the distribution of velocity change.

“In the experiment, the velocity disturbance happens gradually, up to five metres away from where the which-slit measurement was performed,” Prof Wiseman said.

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Rotavirus vaccines may lower kids’ chances of getting type 1 diabetes Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:24:00 +0000

Vaccination against rotavirus is associated with a reduced incidence of type 1 diabetes in children, according to an analysis of U.S. insurance data.

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One of Earth’s First Cities Suffered the Same Issues Metropolises Face Today Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:23:46 +0000

“I am committed to the notion that the past predicts the present,” Larsen tells Inverse, “and we need to understand that past to understand the world we live in now.”

Larsen has had a longstanding interest in the health and lifestyle of early farmers — those who were working around the Neolithic transition from hunting and gathering to farming. So when Ian Hodder, Ph.D., an archeologist who leads the Çatalhöyük Research Project, invited him to join the project in 2004, he quickly accepted the opportunity.

This new study is based on 25 years of findings linked to the human remains found in Çatalhöyük. Dating of remains shows that the population there grew to its peak in the period from 6,700 to 6,500 B.C. and then declined rapidly. That decline is likely linked to the evidence of disease and malnutrition Larsen and colleagues found in the remains.

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The Future of Pensions – Article Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:23:26 +0000

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Transhumanist Party features this article by Nicola Bagalà and Michael Nuschke of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF), originally published on the LEAF site on May 15th, 2019. The article brings attention to and responds to concerns related to the impacts of increased longevity on pension systems, a possible result of our mission of ending age-related diseases, which the U.S. Transhumanist Party supports as part of our policy goals.

~ Brent Reitze, Director of Publication, United States Transhumanist Party, June 15th, 2019

If you work in social security, it’s possible that your nightmares are full of undying elderly people who keep knocking on your door for pensions that you have no way of paying out. Tossing and turning in your bed, you beg for mercy, explaining that there’s just too many old people who need pensions and not enough young people who could cover for it with their contributions; the money’s just not there to sustain a social security system that, when it was conceived in the mid-1930s, didn’t expect that many people would ever make it into their 80s and 90s. Your oneiric persecutors won’t listen: they gave the country the best years of their lives, and now it’s time for the country to pay them their due.

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Cause of hardening of the arteries—and potential treatment—identified Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:23:09 +0000

A team of UK scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective treatment for the condition.

The team, led by the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, found that a molecule once thought only to exist inside cells for the purpose of repairing DNA is also responsible for hardening of the arteries, which is associated with dementia, , and stroke.

There is no current treatment for hardening of the arteries, which is caused by build-up of bone-like calcium deposits, stiffening the arteries and restricting to organs and tissues.

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Can probiotics and other factors be used reliably to benefit health? Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:22:47 +0000

Steven Finkel tells the story of a close family member who had a discomforting health issue—the kind you don’t discuss at the dinner table.

“She went and chose a bunch of yogurts with active culture,” he says. The first yogurt—call it Yogurt A—made her constipated, and Yogurt B gave her diarrhea. “It’s like Goldilocks,” he adds, before concluding her tale of woe with a happy ending: “Yogurt C made her feel great.”

Hoping to understand how three versions of one food could cause such dissimilar reactions, the relative contacted Finkel, who is professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife and an expert on bacterial physiology, genetics and evolution.

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Facebook Introduces New “Libra” Digital Currency With Landmark White Paper Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:02:34 +0000

Fox Business adds:

Facebook’s new cryptocurrency platform could provide the embattled social media giant with a new revenue stream of historic proportions as it contends with a possible federal antitrust probe and continued scrutiny over its data privacy practices.


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For most of history, humans got smarter. That’s now reversing Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:02:28 +0000

We were gaining three IQ points per decade for many, many years. Now, that’s going backward. Could this explain some of our choices lately?

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In Japan, This Engineer Is Designing a Miniature Rover to Make the Moon Habitable Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:31:31 +0000

By finding water on the moon, startup Ispace envisions a bustling lunar economy by 2040.

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A New Global Currency Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:02:27 +0000

Today, Facebook is coming together with 27 organizations around the world to start the non-profit Libra Association and create a new currency called Libra.

Libra is a global cryptocurrency built on blockchain to promote financial inclusion. Libra is digital, mobile, stable, fast, cheap and secure. Read the Libra White Paper.

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UNITY Biotechnology Reports Promising Topline Data from Phase 1 First-in-human Study of UBX0101 in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:22:54 +0000

It’s a start. So far so good, senolytics.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UNITY Biotechnology, Inc. (UNITY) [NASDAQ: UBX], a biotechnology company developing therapeutics to extend healthspan by slowing, halting or reversing diseases of aging, today announced promising results from its first-in-human Phase 1 study of UBX0101 in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The study demonstrated that UBX0101 was safe and well-tolerated. Improvement in several clinical measures, including pain, function, as well as modulation of certain senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) factors and disease-related biomarkers was observed after a single dose of UBX0101.

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Today, Facebook is coming together with 27 organizations around the world to start the non-profit Libra Association and create a new currency called Libra Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:22:24 +0000

Libra’s mission is to create a simple global financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people around the world. It’s powered by blockchain technology and the plan is to launch it in 2020. You can read more about the association here:…la1VStESZA

Being able to use mobile money can have an important positive impact on people’s lives because you don’t have to always carry cash, which can be insecure, or pay extra fees for transfers. This is especially important for people who don’t have access to traditional banks or financial services. Right now, there are around a billion people who don’t have a bank account but do have a mobile phone.

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Facebook confirms it will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:02:50 +0000

Facebook is finally ready to talk about its blockchain plans. Following numerous reports unraveling its upcoming announcement in detail, the company today said that its in-development global cryptocurrency, called Libra, will launch next year alongside the underlying blockchain-based network that will support it.

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Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:42:28 +0000

The trilogy’s success has been credited with establishing sci-fi, once marginalized in China, as a mainstream taste. Liu believes that this trend signals a deeper shift in the Chinese mind-set—that technological advances have spurred a new excitement about the possibilities of cosmic exploration. The trilogy commands a huge following among aerospace engineers and cosmologists; one scientist wrote an explanatory guide, “The Physics of Three Body.” Some years ago, China’s aerospace agency asked Liu, whose first career was as a computer engineer in the hydropower industry, to address technicians and engineers about ways that “sci-fi thinking” could be harnessed to produce more imaginative approaches to scientific problems.

A leading sci-fi writer takes stock of China’s global rise.

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Beyond Meat will start making plant-based ‘ground beef’ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:42:26 +0000

WHERE’S THE BEEF? You won’t find it here. This new plant-based “ground beef” is supposed to marbleize and tenderize just like the real thing.

(CNN) — It looks like beef and it’s made to taste like beef, but it’s made from something else.

A company called Beyond Meat says it’s working to make products that are indistinguishable from beef, pork and poultry for folks who like meat but want to be a little more healthy and more environmentally conscious.

Their ground beef is supposed to marbleize and tenderize just like the real thing.

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Controlling genes with light Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:42:50 +0000

New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off, helping scientists better understand their function.

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Scientists Control CRISPR With Light Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:22:51 +0000

This could be used to also heal organs in a portable device.

Engineers show that near-infrared light can trigger the release of CRISPR-Cas9 to slow tumor growth.

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Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:22:37 +0000

CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n’ paste edits to the DNA of living organisms. Now, one synthetic biologist from NASA plans to make it as accessible as a home science kit, so you can bio-hack yeast and bacteria on your kitchen bench.

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Harvard Scientist Reveals List Of Genes And Their Corresponding Superhuman Abilities Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:03:25 +0000

George Church is a Harvard scientist that is famed for his plan to bring the woolly mammoth back to life. This genius scientist has also been involved in another project and has been assembling a list of genetic mutations and alterations that could give people longer lives and superhuman powers. We could be on the brink of real-life superheroes!

While some people may think this is just a passing thought, it really isn’t. In fact, Church has even created a spreadsheet which lists the known pros and cons of each gene and what “superpower” they would give. One example would be a specific mutation to the LRP5 gene, which would give the patient extra-strong bones. However, such a power would also decrease buoyancy in water. Other weird and wonderful changes could offer patients resistance to radiation or incredible skills at holding their breath underwater.

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Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:03:10 +0000

We live an average of 71 years—a drop in the bucket compared with some of nature’s life spans.

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Scientists Succeed In Growing A Beating Human Heart From Stem Cells Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:02:48 +0000

Thousands of Americans need heart transplants each year.

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First steps taken for vaccine pills Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:42:25 +0000

UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine treatments in pill form.

The Cardiff team has made a prototype oral flu vaccine, which unlike standard inoculations does not need to be stored in a fridge or freezer.

They hope it could pave the way for needle-free inoculations for lots of different diseases that would be easier to use in developing countries.

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Scientists create innovative new ‘green’ concrete using graphene Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:25:48 +0000

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry.

Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production.

The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes, can be used directly by the industry on building sites. All of the concrete samples tested are according to British and European standards for construction.

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No more dialysis, Scientists Have Developed A Bionic Kidney! Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:02:40 +0000

Many of them must wait for years to get a kidney transplant and live normally, with seemingly no other solution on the horizon. However, there’s finally a light in the dark tunnel – scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, USA, have developed the world’s first bionic kidney which can replace damaged kidneys easily and effectively.

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We Finally Have Found a Way to Convert Donor Blood Into a Universal Type Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:02:26 +0000

In July last year, the American Red Cross declared an emergency blood shortage — it simply wasn’t receiving enough donations to help all the patients that needed blood.

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Geordie Rose of Kindred AI presents Super-intelligent Aliens Are Coming to Earth Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:22:52 +0000

This was first presented at the June 2017 TechVancouver.

In this presentation, Geordie discusses the transition that will soon take place with regards to advancements in artificial intelligence.

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Deepfakes Are Coming. We Can No Longer Believe What We See Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:22:36 +0000

It will soon be as easy to produce convincing fake video as it is to lie. We need to be prepared.

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Enzymes that can transform blood type A to O found in human gut biome Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:03:37 +0000

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has found two types of enzymes that together, can transform type A blood to type O blood in the human gut biome. In their paper published in the journal Nature Microbiology, the group describes their metagenomic study of bacteria in human feces and what they found.

There are four types: A, B, AB and O. These types are not compatible for blood transfusions, except for type O, which can be transfused into recipient, making it highly valued. The difference between the blood types is due to sugar molecules known as blood antigens that reside on the surfaces of . Those with A-type antigens have A-type blood, those with B-type antigens have B-type blood and those with both antigens have AB-type blood. Type O is different because it does not have any antigens on its surface. An is initiated if blood is found with the wrong type of antigen—since type O red blood have none, no immune response is initiated.

Prior research by the team at UBC showed that certain enzymes could be used to convert A, B, or AB to O by removing the antigens. In this new effort, the researchers found that two enzymes working together convert type A blood to O, and that they exist in the human gut biome.

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Chinese Scientist Defends Splicing Human Brain Gene Into Monkeys Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:03:23 +0000

In March, a team of Chinese scientists published a study detailing how they made monkeys smarter by splicing a human gene into their DNA.

The news was met by a wave of backlash. But now, one of the scientists behind the study is defending the team’s work — and pledging to push forward on the controversial research.

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Hackers Are Threatening Elections Around the World Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:03:09 +0000

And it’s only getting easier for them.

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Adam Savage Made Real Life Flying Iron Man Armor Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:02:54 +0000

Adam Savage has made bullet-proof Iron Man Armor using 3D printed titanium and a flying jet suit from Gravity.

It is more precisely a real-life Titanium Man (comic book enemy of Iron Man).

The US military (Special Ops) recently canceled an attempt to make real-life iron man exoskeleton armor with strength enhancement. They are looking to use components of the system to help boost the strength of joints and to increase light-weight armor protection for many soldiers.

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Guy Spends 6 Months Recreating A Van Gogh Painting Using Plants In A 1.2-Acre Field Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:42:27 +0000

Can you imagine seeing a Van Gogh painting sitting right off the freeway on your morning commute or aerial ride? One field in Eagan, Minnesota got exactly this when the 67-year-old artist, Stan Herd, transformed it into Van Gogh’s 1889 “Olive Trees.” Herd has been doing similar types of artworks or ‘earthworks’ since 1981. “I realized in my late 20’s that to create my monumental earthworks, beyond the design and actual creation of the work, I had to develop skills in public relations, communications, media relations, logistics, and fund raising,” said Herd on his website. His most recent project took.

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Bizarre ‘flipping’ research ship turns 50 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:25:00 +0000

Launched in 1962, the Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) can sink itself on purpose and withstand heavy seas in a vertical position.

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New quantum dot microscope shows electric potentials of individual atoms Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:24:45 +0000

A team of researchers from Jülich in cooperation with the University of Magdeburg has developed a new method to measure the electric potentials of a sample at atomic accuracy. Using conventional methods, it was virtually impossible until now to quantitatively record the electric potentials that occur in the immediate vicinity of individual molecules or atoms. The new scanning quantum dot microscopy method, which was recently presented in the journal Nature Materials by scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich together with partners from two other institutions, could open up new opportunities for chip manufacture or the characterization of biomolecules such as DNA.

The positive atomic nuclei and negative electrons of which all matter consists produce electric potential fields that superpose and compensate each other, even over very short distances. Conventional methods do not permit quantitative measurements of these small-area fields, which are responsible for many material properties and functions on the nanoscale. Almost all established methods capable of imaging such potentials are based on the measurement of forces that are caused by electric charges. Yet these forces are difficult to distinguish from other forces that occur on the nanoscale, which prevents quantitative measurements.

Four years ago, however, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich discovered a method based on a completely different principle. Scanning quantum dot microscopy involves attaching a single organic molecule—the quantum dot—to the tip of an atomic microscope. This molecule then serves as a probe. “The molecule is so small that we can attach individual electrons from the tip of the atomic force microscope to the molecule in a controlled manner,” explains Dr. Christian Wagner, head of the Controlled Mechanical Manipulation of Molecules group at Jülich’s Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-3).

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Volvo Trucks’ cabin-less self-driving hauler takes on its first job Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:24:15 +0000

What would trucks look like if they didn’t need to accommodate a human driver? Volvo Trucks’ Vera vehicle is an exploration of this idea, doing away with the cabin entirely so it can more efficiently tow goods around ports and factories. The freewheeling four-wheeler has just been assigned its first task, and will soon go to work delivering containers to a port terminal in Sweden.

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Scientists Have Found Evidence a Strange Group of Quantum Particles Are Basically Immortal Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:23:58 +0000

Nothing lasts forever. Humans, planets, stars, galaxies, maybe even the Universe itself, everything has an expiration date. But things in the quantum realm don’t always follow the rules. Now, scientists have found that quasiparticles in quantum systems could be effectively immortal.

That doesn’t mean they don’t decay, which is reassuring. But once these quasiparticles have decayed, they are able to reorganise themselves back into existence, possibly ad infinitum.

This seemingly flies right in the face of the second law of thermodynamics, which asserts that entropy in an isolated system can only move in an increasing direction: things can only break down, not build back up again.

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This One New Piece of Technology Might Make Submarines Completely Obsolete Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:23:44 +0000

And China might develop it—and soon.

By Sebastien Roblin

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Anti-aging — Telomerase Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:23:26 +0000

Aging is one of the world’s greatest health problems. And subsequently, is the cause of most fatal diseases. Age-related processes are inevitable and cause a range of diseases. It is much more efficient and effective to tackle the aging itself rather than each disease it causes.

At the end of every chromosome are telomere caps which degrade as we age. This causes a number of issues. For example:

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Secret To Immortality? Scientists Find Enzyme That Prolongs Life Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:22:23 +0000

The human body secretes an enzyme that might increase our lifespan if properly developed.

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This Boat is Impossible to Capsize Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:05:31 +0000

The Thunder Child can right itself even in the harshest storms.

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Ending Age-Related Diseases Conference – June Update Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:04:55 +0000

We are drawing close now to the Ending Age-Related Diseases Conference in New York City, so with less than a month before the big day, today is the ideal time to have a look at what has been happening.

Tickets are priced at only $500 and include access to two action-packed days of aging research and biotech business discussion. There will be talks covering the latest research progress along with talks involving the business and investment side of the industry, and this conference will feature a total of 34 leading experts in the field of rejuvenation biotechnology.

Refreshments and lunch are provided on site for your enjoyment during both days of the conference, and a conference program is available here.

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Artificial Nose identifies Malignant Tissue in Brain Tumours during Surgery Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:04:32 +0000

An artificial nose developed at Tampere University, Finland, helps neurosurgeons to identify cancerous tissue during surgery and enables the more precise excision of tumours.

Electrosurgical resection using devices such as an electric knife or diathermy blade is currently a widely used technique in neurosurgery. When tissue is burned, tissue molecules are dispersed in the form of surgical smoke. In the method developed by researchers at Tampere University, the surgical smoke is fed into a new type of measuring system that can identify malignant tissue and distinguish it from healthy tissue.

An article on using surgical smoke to identify brain tumours was recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. “In current clinical practice, frozen section analysis is the gold standard for intraoperative tumour identification. In that method, a small sample of the tumour is given to a pathologist during surgery,” says researcher Ilkka Haapala from Tampere University.

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Inching Towards the Regulatory Classification of Aging as a Disease Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:04:15 +0000

This post originally appeared at Fight Aging!

Sizable factions within the research and advocacy communities are very interested in having aging officially classified as a disease, meaning its inclusion in the International Classification of Diseases maintained by the World Health Organization, as that is the basis for the definition of disease used by national regulatory bodies. The view is that this would open the door to greater large-scale institutional funding, more relevant clinical trials for therapies targeting the mechanisms of aging, and that this greater level of funding and activity will percolate back down the chain of research and development to accelerate progress. I think this a reasonable argument to make, though I would advocate for greater effort to be placed on finding a way to bypass the system rather than change it directly – the threat of competition tends to be more effective than petitions as a way to force change.

Lobbyists have made more progress towards classifying aging as a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has implemented the extension code “Ageing-related” (XT9T) in the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The previous version, the ICD-10, was released in 1983 and is now replaced by the new version, the ICD-11, which is expected to serve the medical community for many years, much as its predecessor has.

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These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:43:18 +0000

New drugs based on proteasomes could treat previously undruggable diseases.

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This new laser can track down and kill cancer cells Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:43:02 +0000

A new paper reveals a revolutionary method of targeting cancer cells that is completely non-invasive. In using lasers, the tumour can be destroyed before it grows.

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Scientists use sound to see around corners Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:42:31 +0000

Echoes could help autonomous cars—or spies.

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Pomegranate compound with anti-aging effects passes human trial Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:22:52 +0000

Urolithin A, a metabolite of biomolecules found in pomegranates and other fruits, could help slow certain aging processes. EPFL spin-off Amazentis, in conjunction with EPFL and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, has published a paper in the journal Nature Metabolism outlining the results of their clinical trial.

It is a fact of life that skeletal muscles begin to lose strength and mass once a person reaches the age of 50. A recent clinical trial involving two EPFL entities—spin-off Amazentis and the Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology (LISP) – showed that urolithin A, a compound derived from biomolecules found in fruits such as pomegranates, could slow down this process by improving the functioning of mitochondria—the cells’ powerhouses. A joint paper presenting the results of the trial, published today in Nature Metabolism, also demonstrates that ingesting the compound poses no risk to human health.

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More on our “First Base”: How do we help protect astronauts from radiation on the surface of the moon? Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:42:39 +0000

Placing regolith over their heads has long been considered necessary but previous methods have not been practical. On the lunar surface, the simpler the construction the better.

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Are China and US racing towards inevitable military confrontation in outer space? Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:42:53 +0000

Beijing is still behind in terms of its space-based military capabilities, but the gap is closing fast, experts say.

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Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:02:28 +0000

What happened before the Big Bang? And what happened before that? Stephen Hawking’s answer—there was no beginning—is now the subject of intense debate.

A recent challenge to Stephen Hawking’s biggest idea — about how the universe might have come from nothing — has cosmologists choosing sides.

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How China Is Creating the Factory of the Future Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:43:56 +0000

By comparison, the next biggest market, Japan, will be responsible for 11% of all shipments over that same period and the U.S. for 7%. Developing-world markets Mexico, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil will collectively buy just 5% of industrial robots.

China is setting the pace in automation to create the factory of the future.

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Anti-aging compound from pomegranates proves promising in human clinical trials Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:23:03 +0000

Since aging is a key driver of many diseases, targeting that process could be a handy catch-all for treating a range of diseases and improving quality of life for pretty much everybody. Researchers at EPFL have now reported a new step towards that goal, with human clinical trials of a fruit-derived compound showing promise in slowing mitochondrial aging in elderly patients, with no side effects found.

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Aston Martin will race a detuned Valkyrie at Le Mans in the new Hypercar class Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:22:46 +0000

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced a new top class for the Le Mans endurance race – a “hypercar” class that will begin in 2020–21, designed to entice some of the world’s most extreme streetcars to throw down and prove themselves. And one we’ll definitely see on track is the awesome Aston Martin Valkyrie.

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A genetic mutation could help us understand how to stop pain Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:22:28 +0000

People like Jo Cameron, who can’t feel any pain, could help us find the on-off switch for suffering.

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5 Things You Likely Never Knew About Apollo 11 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:02:14 +0000

On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the technological history surrounding this one giant leap is full of surprises.

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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Common at Horse Farms, Study Shows Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:40:30 +0000

Scientists found 200 E. coli strains, about half of which were resistant to at least one microbial agent, in manure, air, and horse nostrils at Polish riding centers. Here’s what that means for you.

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GSK partners with CRISPR pioneer Doudna to find new drugs Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:23:27 +0000

GSK forms CRISPR alliance with UC Berkeley and UCSF to create functional genomics insitute. The main one, technologywise, is this about using CRISPR as a gene function screen. One can do a gazillion experiments at once, fleshing out connections, sketching the biology, finding drug targets.

S AN FRANCISCO — The drug maker GlaxoSmithKline announced Thursday that it would team up with some of the nation’s most prominent CRISPR researchers to use the gene-editing technology in a search for new medicines, establishing a new lab in San Francisco and spending up to $67 million over five years.

Jennifer Doudna, the University of California, Berkeley, researcher who co-invented the CRISPR enzyme technology, will help lead the effort, along with Jonathan Weissman, a UC San Francisco researcher who has been using CRISPR to understand the function of individual human genes and how they work together. Both are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

The lab will be called the Laboratory for Genomic Research and will be based near UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. The money will fund 24 full-time University of California employees, in addition to as many as 14 full-time GSK employees. GSK’s machine learning and artificial intelligence groups will create computer systems that can handle the large amounts of data the project is expected to create. It will focus on immunology, oncology, and neurology.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Will Launch NASA Probe to Study Space Radiation Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:46 +0000

SET aims to study effects of radiation on satellites.

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Aubrey de Grey, PhD, Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:37 +0000

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation, delivers an overview of aging and the many health problems that develop in our advanced years.

Dr. de Grey is a respected member of the science community; he is the noted biomedical gerontologist who devised the innovative SENS platform and co-founded the SENS Research Foundation to further it. Dr. de Grey has written about his work and as an established researcher, he has been appointed to the editorial and scientific advisory boards of many journals, organizations, etc. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America as well as the American Aging Association. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious University of Cambridge.

Dr. de Grey discusses his research in aging and the motivations for tackling the career. As he states, aging is the number one medical problem as it causes more suffering. He was motivated to research in this area because he found that not enough was being done to focus on aging and the myriad of problems that come with it. He talks about the many excuses that are given as reasons to simply accept aging as it is, or not focus on it at all, such as “it’s inevitable…everything ages,” or the philosophical—“death gives meaning to life,” or social—“maybe we could do this, but it would create new problems worse than the problem we are solving.” And as the Ph.D. states, none of these excuses stand up to even the faintest scrutiny, however, they still remain quite popular.

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Phosphorous and calcium in lobster will strengthen your bones Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:09 +0000

There are many nutritional and delicious benefits of eating lobster. Some of them include protecting heart health, increasing energy, decreasing inflammation, speeding healing, promoting growth, boosting brain functioning and building strong bones. Lobsters are shelled marine creatures which are taking parts of crustaceans. They have the scientific name Homarus nephrops. This scientific name is the North Atlantic variety. This undersea creature is having old look and it is considered to be luxury or delicacy food in many parts of the world. Nowadays lobster is exported to many parts of the world. They are particularly popular in North America. Lobsters are delicious food but they have high prices which is a reason why they are not consumed a lot. It is important to know that the lobster has high amounts of cholesterol and sodium. If you suffer from cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure or any other health condition, then you should not consume lobster because it has minerals and nutrients which are not ideal for these conditions. Every food should be consumed in moderation. Lobster is ideal food for people to get many vitamins and minerals that are essential for their health. People who live in North American coasts can have lobster in every time because here the price of it is very low.

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CRISPR used to build dual-core computers inside human cells Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:21:54 +0000

The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists treat genetic diseases, but the technology has a whole range of possible uses in synthetic biology too. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have used CRISPR to build functional biocomputers inside human cells.

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Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:03:18 +0000

A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat.

Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions during a cumulative six months to raise awareness and warn users to set their Venmo payments to private.

The peer-to-peer mobile payments service faced criticism last year after Hang Do Thi Duc, a former Mozilla fellow, downloaded 207 million transactions. The scraping effort was possible because Venmo payments between users are public by default. The scrapable data inspired several new projects — including a bot that tweeted out every time someone bought drugs.

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New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japan Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:02:47 +0000

New species of tardigrade, world’s toughest animal, has been discovered in Japan.

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Tsunami Threat After Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Off New Zealand Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:42:33 +0000


HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a threat message, saying that there was no threat to Hawaiʻi but the tsunami waves were possible closer to the earthquake center.

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What would happen if we cut oxygen from the brain? Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:22:43 +0000

What happens to the brain without oxygen?

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Beijing Engineer Has Created The World’s First AI Cat Shelter That Will Identify, Feed, And Warm Stray Cats Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:02:25 +0000 — Crafted from the finest Internets.

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Russian Hackers Tried to Attack U.S. Power Grid Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:43:11 +0000

A hacking group linked to the Russian government has been attempting to breach the U.S. power grid, Wired reports.

Security experts from the non-profit group the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and security firm Dragos tracked the hackers — and warn that the group has been probing the grid for weaknesses, searching for ways that they could access U.S. systems.

Even though there are no signs that the group has succeeded in accessing the power grid, the attacks still have experts worried. And that’s partly because of the history of this particular hacking group: Xenotime, who created the infamous Triton malware. In late 2017, Triton attacked critical infrastructure such as the industrial control systems used in power plants, and it could have been used to cause massive destruction through tampering with power plant controls. That lead it to be labeled the “world’s most murderous malware.”

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AI-Aided Video Surveillance Will Watch and Silently Judge Us Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:42:47 +0000

Gone are the days when a store’s security cameras only mattered to shoplifters.

Now, with the rising prevalence of surveillance systems constantly monitored by artificial intelligence, ubiquitous security systems can watch, learn about, and discriminate against shoppers more than ever before.

That’s the gist of a new ACLU report titled “The Dawn of Robot Surveillance,” about how emerging AI technology enables security companies to constantly monitor and collect data about people — opening new possibilities in which power is abused or underserved communities are overpoliced.

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NASA’s ‘Green’ Fuel Will Make Its Space Debut on SpaceX Falcon Heavy Mission Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:42:31 +0000

A green propellant alternative will be tested out in space for the first time.

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Heidi Burdett Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:24:29 +0000

The world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery London ExCeL October 10–13 2019.

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New Gene Therapy Priced at $1.8 Million in Europe Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:24:12 +0000

A new gene therapy for a rare blood disorder will sell for €1.6 million ($1.8 million) in Europe, according to the maker of the recently approved treatment, whose sticker price is the latest indication that already high drug costs are continuing to climb.

After it goes on sale, the Zynteglo gene therapy from Bluebird Bio Inc. will be the second-most expensive drug in the world after Novartis’s $2.1 million Zolgensma gene therapy, which was recently approved for sale in the U.S.

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