Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:47:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google’s Android bug bounty program will now pay out $1.5 million Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:47:05 +0000

Hacking the Pixel’s Titan M chip and finding exploits in the developer preview versions of Android will earn you the big bucks.

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Chinese scientists programme stem cells to ‘fight and destroy’ cancer Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:46:24 +0000

Team from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health say technique was successful in treatment of mice.

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain-computer communication startup to reveal progress in livestreamed event Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:45:37 +0000

A livestreamed event at 8 p.m. PT will offer a look at the startup’s progress developing a “brain-machine interface.”

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German robotics set to shrink for first time in decade Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:42:40 +0000

Germany’s prized industrial robotics and automation sector is expecting a drop in sales this year for the first time since the global financial crisis, an industry body said on Friday.

The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) is expecting sales to fall by five percent to 14.3 billion euros ($15.8 billion) this year.

This would be the first drop since the 32-percent plunge seen in 2009 in the wake of the crisis.

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Watch a ‘transforming’ drone blast out of a cannon Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:42:36 +0000

Researchers launched a drone from a pneumatic baseball pitching machine strapped to a truck traveling 50 miles per hour. They hope this ballistic launch method might lead to drones that are better suited for emergency response and space exploration missions.

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Do IQ tests really measure intelligence? Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:23:35 +0000

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Promising new antibiotic discovered in worm gut microbiome Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:23:00 +0000

We’re currently in dire need of new weapons against infectious bacteria, especially those in a tough-to-kill class known as gram-negative bacteria. Now, researchers at Northeastern University have discovered just that, hiding in the gut of a tiny, soil-dwelling, parasitic worm. Tests on mice have so far proved promising.

For decades we’ve had the upper hand over bacteria, clearing out many infections fairly easily with antibiotics. But extensive use has led to an arms race between us and bacteria. As they evolve resistance to our best drugs, we develop new ones and use those until the bugs become resistant to those too.

But this cycle is starting to break down, and not in our favor. Developing new drugs is time and cost-intensive process, and bacteria are evolving resistances faster than we can keep up. There are now “superbugs” that are resistant to all known drugs. The situation is getting so bad that a recent report warned that superbugs could kill up to 10 million people a year by 2050, casting us back into the “dark ages of medicine.”

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Bone breakthrough may lead to more durable airplane wings Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:22:34 +0000

Cornell researchers have made a new discovery about how seemingly minor aspects of the internal structure of bone can be strengthened to withstand repeated wear and tear, a finding that could help treat patients suffering from osteoporosis. It could also lead to the creation of more durable, lightweight materials for the aerospace industry.

The team’s paper, “Bone-Inspired Microarchitectures Achieve Enhanced Fatigue Life,” was published Nov. 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors include Cornell doctoral students Cameron Aubin and Marysol Luna; postdoctoral researcher Floor Lambers; Pablo Zavattieri and Adwait Trikanad at Purdue University; and Clare Rimnac at Case Western Reserve University.

For decades, scientists studying osteoporosis have used X-ray imaging to analyze the structure of bones and pinpoint strong and weak spots. Density is the main factor that is usually linked to strength, and in assessing that strength, most researchers look at how much load a bone can handle all at once.

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Doctors placed gunshot victims in ‘suspended animation’ for the first time Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:02:37 +0000

The news could someday mean the difference between death and life for people who suffer dramatic blood loss because of a stab or gunshot wound.

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Andrew Saul — High Dose Vitamin C Therapy for Major Diseases Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:02:28 +0000

A lecture given in Wichita in October 2016.

Presented courtesy of the Riordan Clinic

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Vitamin C for cancer? ‘Miracle man’ Anton Kuraia’s highly controversial treatment Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:03:07 +0000

New Zealand research reveals science may back his belief.

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Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease-Like Memory Loss before It Strikes Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:02:50 +0000

New study shows how patterns in brain activity can be an early predictor of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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Parkinson’s disease: Stimulation of brain, feet may help people overcome freezing episodes Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:42:41 +0000

Paolo Sanvito would often freeze like a statue after entering a meeting room when he was working as a manager in a multinational company. Known as freezing of gait, it’s a disabling symptom of Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder that he suffers from.

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Intel Gets New Partners for Brain Computing Push Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:22:45 +0000

The answer, Markham says, may lie in a new breed of computing chips called neuromorphic processors that are designed to operate more like the human brain. Such chips may be able to function on just 1/100 or 1/1,000 of the electricity needed by today’s processors and be less reliant on sending data to cloud servers for analysis. Everyone from tech giants like Intel, IBM, and Qualcomm to startups like aiCTX and Brainchip are racing to develop this new kind of chip.

First major corporate partners come on board effort to create neuromorphic chips based on design of the human brain.

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Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:23:39 +0000

The recent shift away from IT networks raises the possibility that Iran’s APT33 is exploring physically disruptive cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

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New Roboto botnet emerges targeting Linux servers running Webmin Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:23:12 +0000

The botnet’s main function is the ability to conduct DDoS attacks, a feature it has not used yet.

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Google really wants you to hack the Pixel’s Titan M security chip Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:22:38 +0000

Google has increased the maximum prize for its Android bug bounty program to $1 million for anyone who can compromise the Titan M security chip found in its Pixel phones. The top prize is for a “full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence” of the dedicated security chip. On top of that, there’s an additional 50 percent bonus if a security researcher is able to find an exploit on specific developer preview versions of Android, resulting in a potential prize of $1.5 million. The new rewards take effect starting today.

Introduced with 2018’s Pixel 3, Google’s Titan M security chip cordons off your smartphone’s most sensitive data from its main processor to protect against certain attacks. Google says the chip offers “on-device protection for login credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system.” Since its introduction, the chip has also been integrated with Android’s security key functionality where it’s used to store a person’s FIDO credentials. Suffice it to say, the integrity of the Titan M is an important element for the security of recent Pixel devices.

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Let’s Colonize Titan Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:42:56 +0000

Saturn’s largest moon might be the only place beyond Earth where humans could live.

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A new antibiotic has been hiding in the gut of a tiny worm. It may be our best weapon against drug-resistant bacteria Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:24:12 +0000

Researchers at Northeastern have discovered a new antibiotic that could treat infections caused by some of the nastiest superbugs humanity is facing in the antibiotic resistance crisis.

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The Universe is expanding more rapidly than previously believed Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:23:52 +0000

Astronomers believe that new measurements from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope confirm that the Universe is expanding about 9% faster than expected based on its trajectory seen shortly after the big bang.

This means that the Hubble constant (H0) — the measure of the current expansion rate of the Universe, named after Edwin Hubble, the man who first observed said expansion — needs adjustment from its current figure of ~2 X 10-¹⁸ s-¹.

Adam Riess, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University, Nobel Laureate, says of the disparity between old calculations and these new findings: “This mismatch has been growing and has now reached a point that is really impossible to dismiss as a fluke. This is not what we expected.”

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Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand Mysterious DNA Circles Common in Cancer Cells Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:23:17 +0000

For years, researchers weren’t exactly sure what to make of these extra loops of genetic material. That’s quickly changing.

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Dr. Duncan Ross presentation on Exosomes and Bill Faloon Age Reversal Update Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:23:10 +0000

We will have a fresh new presentation on Exosomes “The End of Aging” by Harvard Genetics Genius Dr. Duncan Ross, the Founder of Kimera Labs. And Bill Faloon will present the latest in Age Reversal research.

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Design Your Cybertruck Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:22:40 +0000

Design and order your Cybertruck, the truck of the future.

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A giant, superfast AI chip is being used to find better cancer drugs Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:26:21 +0000

But in the last few years, AI has changed the game. Deep-learning algorithms excel at quickly finding patterns in reams of data, which has sped up key processes in scientific discovery. Now, along with these software improvements, a hardware revolution is also on the horizon.

Yesterday Argonne announced that it has begun to test a new computer from the startup Cerebras that promises to accelerate the training of deep-learning algorithms by orders of magnitude. The computer, which houses the world’s largest chip, is part of a new generation of specialized AI hardware that is only now being put to use.

“We’re interested in accelerating the AI applications that we have for scientific problems,” says Rick Stevens, Argonne’s associate lab director for computing, environment, and life sciences. “We have huge amounts of data and big models, and we’re interested in pushing their performance.”

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Neuroscientists Transplant Human Neurons Into a Mouse Brain Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:25:59 +0000

The brain cortex, the outside layer of our brain often referred to as grey matter, is one of the most complex structures found in living organisms. It gives us the advanced cognitive abilities that distinguish us from other animals.

Neuroscientist Professor Pierre Vanderhaeghen (VIB-KU Leuven, Université libre de Bruxelles) explains what makes the human brain so unique: “One remarkable feature of human neurons is their unusually long development. Neural circuits take years to reach full maturity in humans, but only a few weeks in mice or some months in monkeys.”

“This long period of maturation allows much more time for the modulation of brain cells and circuits, which allows us to learn efficiently for an extended period up until late adolescence. It’s a very important and unique feature for our species, but what lies at its origin remains a mystery.”

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Looking at Parkinson’s Potential Links to the Gut Microbiome Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:25:38 +0000

Columnist Mary Beth Skylis shares some recent research that narrows in…

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Sophia the robot Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:23:47 +0000

There was an historic first today as we welcomed an actual, real-life robot onto the sofa for a chat. 🤖 Sophia not only drew pictures of Holly and Phillip, she also summoned the memory of Gordon the Gopher! 😂😂.

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Nanotechnology Is Shaping the Hypersonics Race Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:26:28 +0000 New materials to deflect massive amounts of surface heat don’t come from nature.

A protective coating of carbon nanotubes may help the Pentagon field warplanes and missiles that can survive the intense heat generated at five times the speed of sound.

Researchers from Florida State University’s High-Performance Materials Institute, with funding from the U.S. Air Force, discovered that soaking sheets of carbon nanotubes in phenol-based resin increases their ability to disperse heat by about one-sixth, allowing a thinner sheet to do the job.

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7-Ketocholesterol Drives Atherosclerosis Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:02:34 +0000

A particularly harmful byproduct of oxidized cholesterol appears to be a primary cause of atherosclerosis and a therapeutic target ripe for the taking. A new review takes a look at 7-ketocholesterol and its role in aging and disease.

A new review exploring 7-ketocholesterol

We recently reported on the launch of Underdog Pharma, a new startup biotech company that was spun off from many years of research at SENS Research Foundation and is focused on the problem of 7-ketocholesterol.

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What Are Every Single Cognitive Bias That Can Impact Good Judgment And Rational Thinking? #infographic Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:03:38 +0000

Click on the image to zoom in and view the high resolution version.

WHAT IS A COGNITIVE BIAS? Humans tend to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from making rational judgments. These tendencies usually arise from:

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Global Protests Reveal Bitcoin’s Limitations Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:02:53 +0000

Protests in Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Iran have forced cypherpunks to test censorship resistant technologies in the wild.

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Ultrasensitive protein method lets scientists ID someone from a single strand of hair Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:43:36 +0000

Heavily shedding criminals, beware.

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Scans show how the brain is able to rewire itself after half of it is removed Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:43:09 +0000

The brain scans of six patients who’ve had half of their brain removed to treat severe epilepsy have left doctors in awe.

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Boeing’s 1st Starliner Space Capsule Rolls Out to Launch Site for Test Flight Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:42:40 +0000

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule left the processing facility for the launch pad where it will begin its first journey to space.

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Mission: Impossible comes true as hyper-realistic masks get so good they can fool us Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:42:44 +0000

More human than human.

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The Fifth Force of Nature Could Be Real and Fantastic Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:02:33 +0000

In 2016, Attila Krasznahorkay made news around the world when his team published its discovery of evidence of a fifth force of nature. Now, the scientists are making news again with a second observation of the same force, which may be the beginning of a unified fifth force theory. The researchers have made their original LaTeX paper available prior to acceptance by a peer-reviewed journal. Study of the hypothesized fifth force, a subfield all by itself, is centered on trying to explain missing pieces in our understanding of physics, like dark matter, which could be expanded or validated by an important new discovery or piece of evidence.

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Penn State’s SETI Center Could Legitimize Alien Research Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:23:30 +0000

It could provide the structure and funding needed to hunt down ET.

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DNA Analysis of Ancient Rome Reveals a Cosmopolitan Megacity Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:22:53 +0000

Roman citizens came from Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and beyond. The ancient metropolis was a bone fide melting pot.

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Is There Actually Science Behind ‘Dopamine Fasting’? Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:24:45 +0000

The trendy concept of “dopamine fasting” actually finds its roots in established addiction therapies.

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‘Shocking’ spike of HPV-related cancer in younger men worries researchers Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:24:18 +0000

They found 68,809 cases of anal cancer and 12,111 deaths from the disease.

The vast majority of these cases are associated with the human papillomavirus, but about three-quarters of American adults don’t know HPV causes the disease, a recent study, also led by Deshmukh, found.

He called the findings “shocking.”

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Inflammation linked with Alzheimer’s, reduced cognition and brain fog Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:23:55 +0000

Several newly published studies are reporting evidence affirming a growing hypothesis that links inflammation with cognitive deficits. As well as associating inflammation with the cognitive deficits seen in conditions such as bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s, some research is even suggesting low-grade systemic inflammation in healthy subjects can result in mental sluggishness.

For some time patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease have reported mild cognitive deficits in association with their disease. Despite a number of correlational studies finding connections between inflammation and cognitive performance, homing in on any clear causal links has been a little tricky for scientists.

“Scientists have long suspected a link between inflammation and cognition, but it is very difficult to be clear about the cause and effect,” explains Ali Mazaheri, from the University of Birmingham. “For example, people living with a medical condition or being very overweight might complain of cognitive impairment, but it’s hard to tell if that’s due to the inflammation associated with these conditions or if there are other reasons.”

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A drone just flew a kidney to a transplant patient for the first time ever. It won’t be the last Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:23:20 +0000

A custom-made aerial drone delivered a kidney to a Baltimore hospital, where it was transplanted into a patient who had been on dialysis for eight years.

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Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan joins presidential race as ‘a new type of Republican’ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:22:48 +0000

Is there room for one more in the 2020 presidential race? Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan has declared he’s running for the White House as a Republican, complete with the campaign motto “Upgrading America” — a task he believes can be accomplished through futuristic technology and science.

One new press report describes him as “the cyborg who is running against Donald Trump.” Mr. Istvan appears ready.

“My team and I are ready to really push hard, get on primary ballots, and see if we can get conservatives to be more open-minded about the future. We’re excited that they will open up so that the far-left doesn’t totally own radical science and tech in the future. We think we can be instrumental in getting to GOP and libertarian conservatives to broaden their perspectives about these things,” Mr. Istvan told The Washington Times.

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Smart contacts: The future of the wearable you won’t even see Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:03:16 +0000

The notion of wearing lenses over our eyes to correct our vision dates back hundreds of years, with some even crediting Leonardo da Vinci as one of the first proponents of the idea (though that remains somewhat controversial). Material science and our understanding of the human eye have come a long way since, while their purpose has remained largely the same. In the age of wearable computers, however, scientists in the laboratories of DARPA, Google, and universities around the world see contact lenses not just as tools to improve our vision, but as opportunities to augment the human experience. But how? And why?

As a soft, transparent disc of plastic and silicone that you wear on your eyeball, a contact lens may seem like a very bad place to put electronics. But if you look beneath the surface, the idea of a smart contact lens has real merit, and that begins with its potential to improve our well-being.

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Fossils Of Prehistoric Legged Snake Explain The Evolution Slithering Reptiles Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:02:49 +0000

Due to a lack of fossil records, the early evolution of snakes has been a mystery, until now. Paleontologists have discovered new fossils of the prehistoric legged snake, Najash that has helped solve the mystery of how this creepy-crawly evolved into the slithering reptile it is today.

Researchers have examined the fossils of Najash rionegrina, a rear-limbed snake from the Late Cretaceous period. it has been named after the Biblical legged snake, Nahash, who tempted Eve and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit in the Book of Genesis. Found in Patagonia, Argentina, the fossil has revealed that snakes not only had limbs 100 million years ago but also had cheekbones (jugal bone).

The study published in Science Advances reveals how snakes evolved from their lizard ancestors. Fernando Garberoglio from the Fundación Azara at Universidad Maimónides, Buenos Aires explained, “Our findings support the idea that the ancestors of modern snakes were big-bodied and big-mouthed—instead of small burrowing forms as previously thought.”

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Donald Trump faces presidential challenge from cyborg Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:42:42 +0000

‘I can no longer stand by and watch America fall short of its epic potential,’ says Zoltan Istvan.

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‘Doughnut-Shaped’ DNA Makes Cancer More Aggressive Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:02:35 +0000

Cancer cells may owe some of their destructive nature to unique, “doughnut-shaped” DNA, according to a new study.

The study, published today (Nov. 20) in the journal Nature, found that, in some cancer cells, DNA doesn’t pack into thread-like structures like it does in healthy cells — rather, the genetic material folds into a ring-like shape that makes the cancer more aggressive.

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To Understand The Future of AI, Study Its Past Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:22:16 +0000

A schism lies at the heart of the field of artificial intelligence. Since its inception, the field has been defined by an intellectual tug-of-war between two opposing philosophies: connectionism and symbolism. These two camps have deeply divergent visions as to how to “solve” intelligence, with differing research agendas and sometimes bitter relations.

Today, connectionism dominates the world of AI. The emergence of deep learning, which is a quintessentially connectionist technique, has driven the worldwide explosion in AI activity and funding over the past decade. Deep learning’s recent accomplishments have been nothing short of astonishing. Yet as deep learning spreads, its limitations are becoming increasingly evident.

If AI is to reach its full potential going forward, a reconciliation between connectionism and symbolism is essential. Thankfully, in both academic and commercial settings, research efforts that fuse these two traditionally opposed approaches are beginning to emerge. Such synthesis may well represent the future of artificial intelligence.

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What Is End-to-End Encryption? Another Bull’s-Eye on Big Tech Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:02:15 +0000

Law enforcement and technologists have been arguing over encryption controls for more than two decades. On one side are privacy advocates and tech bosses like Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, who believe people should be able to have online communications free of snooping. On the other side are law enforcement and some lawmakers, who believe tough encryption makes it impossible to track child predators, terrorists and other criminals.

After years of on-and-off debate over nearly snoop-proof security, the industry is girding for new pressure from law enforcement around the world.

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Michael Rose — Hierarchies of Replication Necessary for Life Sciencing Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:42:48 +0000

Bursts of media coverage of retracted scientific articles and failures to replicate and reproduce scientific findings have led to a widespread sense of crisis in the familiar forms of scientific knowledge production and communication. Is the language of crisis warranted, or is this how science has always worked? How are technological changes in the communication of scientific results affecting the process of scientific knowledge production? Are there genuine knowledge crises in certain scientific fields (such as medicine or social science)? What solutions are available for these problems, and how can new scholars move forward with both confidence and integrity in this environment?

This program will be appropriate to all campus personnel and community members interested in how the process of scientific communication may affect their role as producers and consumers of scientific knowledge.

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This electric plane takes just one hour to charge and can travel 160 kilometers for just $5 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:22:50 +0000

Well this is cool #climatesolutions

Weighing just 300 kilograms, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro is an ultra-light electric aircraft and can be bought for just $140,000.

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This Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside The Body Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:23:34 +0000

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Deutsche Bank To Replace 18,000 Workers With Robots Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:28:10 +0000

Just fire everybody?

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Physicists Claim They’ve Found Even More Evidence of a New Force of Nature Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:24:30 +0000

Everything in our Universe is held together or pushed apart by four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and two nuclear interactions. Physicists now think they’ve spotted the actions of a fifth physical force emerging from a helium atom.

It’s not the first time researchers claim to have caught a glimpse of it, either. A few years ago, they saw it in the decay of an isotope of beryllium. Now the same team has seen a second example of the mysterious force at play — and the particle they think is carrying it, which they’re calling X17.

If the discovery is confirmed, not only could learning more about X17 let us better understand the forces that govern our Universe, it could also help scientists solve the dark matter problem once and for all.

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Single $10bln Pentagon Contract Must Be Broken Up Between Multiple Recipients Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:23:34 +0000

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Friday ruled out allegations of unfair competition in the awarding of a US$10-billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft.

“I am confident it was conducted freely and fairly, without any type of outside influence,” Esper told a news conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure, or JEDI, the contract was awarded to Microsoft on 25 October, and the lucrative deal could span 10 years.

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The UK Is Racing to Build the World’s First Commercial Fusion Power Plant Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:22:46 +0000

What could the UK’s recent investment announcement mean for the future of sustainable energy?
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There are many directions we could go when it comes to the future of sustainable energy—but the UK made a bold move when it announced a huge investment (220 million pounds huge) in a prototype fusion power facility that could be functioning as a commercial power plant by 2040.

So it’s safe to say the race to fusion power is on. Fusion energy could provide us with clean, basically limitless energy.

But the thing is, fusion power isn’t really a reality yet, but does this prototype facility have a shot at making fusion a reality?

Nuclear fusion is what powers stars, including the sun. The ‘fusion’ part refers to the fact that isotopes of extremely light elements like hydrogen, are fusing together at the extremely high temperatures and pressures that exist at the center of stars. Under these conditions, gases like helium and hydrogen actually exist as plasmas.

So how could we possibly recreate what happens inside of stars here on Earth? By replicating those extreme conditions so that we can get the atoms to behave the way we want them to.

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Big star energy: record-breaking explosion recorded Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:43:58 +0000

When gigantic stars run out of fuel they collapse under their own gravity and, in a last hurrah, send out a blast of light and matter in the most violent known explosions in the universe.

Now astronomers have discovered that these cataclysmic events, known as gamma ray bursts, release roughly twice as much energy as previously thought.

The rethink comes after an international team registered a record-breaking observation of the highest-energy radiation ever measured from gamma ray bursts.

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The Architect of Modern Algorithms Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:43:22 +0000

Barbara Liskov pioneered the modern approach to writing code. She warns that the challenges facing computer science today can’t be overcome with good design alone.

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University of Miami Researcher Develops Stem Cell Harvesting Technology Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:42:48 +0000

A University of Miami doctor says he can rebuild a whole jaw using new stem cell collection technology.

Known as the “MarrowMarxman”, the FDA-registered device was developed and tested by Dr. Robert Marx, who is a professor and chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Nanoracks Books SpaceX Rocket to Launch Space Habitat Demo in 2020 (Cubesats, Too!) Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:44:56 +0000

Nanoracks wants to expand from hosting experiments on board the International Space Station to running their own mini stations built from used rockets, with a first launch scheduled for a SpaceX Falcon 9 next year.

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Africa is Splitting in Two, Creating Dozens of Volcanoes Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:44:29 +0000

The process of rifting in Africa means that the continent is slowly breaking apart and with that comes lots of volcanoes, some with the potential for massive explosive eruptions.

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Encouraging early results from first human CRISPR gene therapy trials Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:44:06 +0000

Promising preliminary data from one of the first human trials testing the safety and efficacy of a CRISPR gene therapy has just been revealed. Although it is too early to evaluate long-term effects, the initial reports are impressively successful for two patients with severe genetic blood diseases.

Until February of this year, when pharmaceutical companies CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex began a large global trial into a treatment called CTX001, no human outside of China had been officially treated with a CRISPR-based gene editing therapy.

CTX001 was developed to treat two types of inherited blood disease, beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. Both conditions are caused by a mutation in a single gene and the treatment involves engineering a patient’s stem cells with a single genetic change designed to raise levels of fetal hemoglobin in red blood cells.

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Yogurt and fiber diet may cut lung cancer risk Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:43:32 +0000

“This inverse association was robust, consistently seen across current, past, and never smokers, as well as men, women, and individuals with different backgrounds,” she adds.

Shu says the health benefits may be rooted in their prebiotic (nondigestible food that promotes growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines) and probiotic properties. The properties may independently or synergistically modulate gut microbiota in a beneficial way.

The research appears in JAMA Oncology. Additional coauthors are from Seoul National University and Vanderbilt.

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Scientists detected the brightest light in the universe for the first time, following a mysterious explosion in space Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:43:14 +0000

Gamma-ray bursts appear without warning and only last a few seconds, so astronomers had to move quickly. Just 50 seconds after satellites spotted the January explosion, telescopes on Earth swiveled to catch a flood of thousands of particles of light.

“These are by far the highest-energy photons ever discovered from a gamma-ray burst,” Elisa Bernardini, a gamma-ray scientist, said in a press release.

Over 300 scientists around the world studied the results; their work was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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New hybrid device can both capture and store solar energy Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:03:03 +0000

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination.

Unlike and , which rely on photovoltaic technology for the direct generation of electricity, the hybrid device captures heat from the sun and stores it as . It addresses some of the issues that have stalled wider-scale adoption of solar power, suggesting an avenue for using around-the-clock, despite limited sunlight hours, cloudy days and other constraints.

The work, described in a paper published Wednesday in Joule, combines molecular energy and latent heat storage to produce an integrated harvesting and for potential 24/7 operation. The researchers report a harvesting efficiency of 73% at small-scale operation and as high as 90% at large-scale operation.

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Flexible organic electrodes built using water-processed silver nanowires Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:02:43 +0000

Organic electronic devices, which are made of small molecules or polymers (i.e., substances composed primarily or completely of similar units bound together) are known to have several advantageous properties. In fact, organic electronics have relatively low production costs, they are easy to integrate with other systems and they enable good device flexibility.

Despite their advantages, most organic optoelectronics devices do not perform as well as devices built on rigid substrates. This is primarily due to the lack of existing flexible electrodes that can simultaneously provide low resistance, high transparency and smooth surfaces.

With this in mind, researchers at Nankai University in China have recently set out to create new organic electrodes for flexible photovoltaics, devices that can be used to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity. The electrodes they developed, presented in a paper published in Nature Electronics, were built using water-processed silver nanowires and a polyelectrolyte.

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Rejuvenation: If I could turn back time … — Longevity.Technology Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:44:56 +0000

Last week, the BBC reported on the plight of axolotls in Mexico City, which are under threat of extinction. [1] The risk to these creatures is made doubly concerning when you consider their incredible ability to regenerate and apparent immunity to cancer, which is of great interest to scientists and companies working in the Longevity sector. One such company is Bioquark, a Philadelphia-based life sciences company that is working on the development of combinatorial biologics for the rejuvenation and repair of human organs and tissues. Among its clinical plans, it lists the development of therapeutic products for cancer reversion, organ repair and regeneration, and even brain death resuscitation. Nothing major then!

Bioquark has developed a novel combinatorial biologic called BQ-A, which mimics the regulatory biochemistry of the living human egg (oocyte) immediately following fertilization. While ooplasm-based reprogramming has been studied in experiments such as in-vitro fertilization and cloning, Bioquark claims it is the first company to apply it to somatic tissue in mammals.

We spoke with Bioquark’s CEO, Ira Pastor, a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, to find out more about the company and where it’s headed.

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Special immune cells found in people aged 110+ are rare in the young Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:44:35 +0000

Statistically, it’s unlikely that most of us will ever reach our 110th birthday, so scientists are fascinated by those few that do. In a new study, researchers looked at the immune systems of people who have hit the milestone, and found that they have a high number of a particular type of immune cell that’s rare even in healthy, younger people.

Even in our world of modern medicine, supercentenarians (people over the age of 110) are extremely rare, with estimates saying there are less than 1,000 such people worldwide. Perhaps not surprisingly, previous studies have shown that people who make it to 110 years old generally seem to avoid illnesses like cancer or infections throughout their whole lifetimes.

So for the new study, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science (IMS) and Keio University set out to examine the immune systems of supercentenarians and compare them to younger people. They took over 40,000 cells from seven supercentenarian subjects, and about 20,000 cells from five control subjects, aged in their 50s to 80s.

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Intermittent fasting increases longevity in cardiac catheterization patients Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:44:07 +0000

While Intermittent fasting may sound like another dieting craze, the practice of routinely not eating and drinking for short periods of time has shown again to lead to potentially better health outcomes.

In a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers have found that cardiac catheterization patients who practiced regular intermittent lived longer than patients who don’t. In addition, the study found that patients who practice intermittent fasting are less likely to be diagnosed with .

“It’s another example of how we’re finding that regularly fasting can lead to better health outcomes and longer lives,” said Benjamin Horne, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute.

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Dying Patients Placed In Suspended Animation So Doctors Can Operate Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:42:49 +0000

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have developed a technique to operate on dying patients by putting them in a state of suspended animation.

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Vitamins for Stress: 7 Great Options Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:02:36 +0000

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While everyone has specific life stressors, factors related to job pressure, money, health, and relationships tend to be the most common.

Stress can be acute or chronic and lead to fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, nervousness, and irritability or anger.

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Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, MD — Food Allergy Detective and Alternative Therapy Watchdog Wed, 20 Nov 2019 21:22:54 +0000

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You Can Make a Rocket Engine’s Entire Combustion Chamber in One 3D Print Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:42:33 +0000

Launcher says one-piece manufacture lowers the cost of its part, compared with those printed in pieces and joined. To do this, the Brooklyn-based startup teamed with 3D printer companies to build a space large enough for its entire copper-alloy part, which itself is a huge investment.

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Space travel barrier removed as docs freeze and revive human for first time Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:03:01 +0000

Process is initially intended to save lives on Earth, rather than to send astronauts on long haul flights.

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The Ethical Implications of Mind-Machine Meld | Future You | NPR Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:22:35 +0000

The fast-moving development of brain-machine interfaces got a boost when Elon Musk announced the work for Neuralink, his new company devoted to implantable devices to enhance cognition and better marry our brains with super-computing. His competitor, fellow tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson of Kernel, weighs in on why he thinks advancing cognition can solve all the other problems in the world. But tech ethicist Tristan Harris says not so fast — we haven’t properly accounted for what existing tech has already done to us. Think things through with this brainy episode of Future You with Elise Hu.


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Earth’s magnetic song recorded for the first time during a solar storm Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:04:15 +0000

Data from ESA’s Cluster mission has provided a recording of the eerie “song” that Earth sings when it is hit by a solar storm.

The song comes from that are generated in the Earth’s magnetic field by the collision of the storm. The storm itself is the eruption of electrically charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere.

A team led by Lucile Turc, a former ESA research fellow who is now based at the University of Helsinki, Finland, made the discovery after analyzing data from the Cluster Science Archive. The archive provides access to all data obtained during Cluster’s ongoing mission over almost two decades.

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Directional control of self-propelled protocells Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:03:53 +0000

Synthetic protocells can be made to move toward and away from chemical signals, an important step for the development of new drug-delivery systems that could target specific locations in the body. By coating the surface of the protocells with enzymes—proteins that catalyze chemical reactions—a team of researchers at Penn State was able to control the direction of the protocell’s movement in a chemical gradient in a microfluidic device. A paper describing the research appears November 18, 2019 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

“The is to have drugs delivered by tiny ‘bots’ that can transport the drug to the specific location where it is needed,” said Ayusman Sen, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Chemistry at Penn State and the leader of the research team. “Currently, if you take an antibiotic for an infection in your leg, it diffuses throughout your entire body. So, you have to take a higher dose in order to get enough of the antibiotic to your leg where it is needed. If we can control the directional movement of a drug-delivery system, we not only reduce the amount of the drug required but also can increase its speed of delivery.”

One way to address controlling direction is for the drug-delivery system to recognize and move towards specific emanating from the infection site, a phenomenon called chemotaxis. Many organisms use chemotaxis as a survival strategy, to find food or escape toxins. Previous work had shown that enzymes undergo chemotactic movement because the reactions they catalyze produce energy that can be harnessed. However, most of that work had focused on positive chemotaxis, movement towards a . Until now, little work had been done looking at negative chemotaxis. “Tunable” chemotaxis—the ability to control movement direction, towards and away from different chemical signals—had never been demonstrated.

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Consumer DNA Testing May Be the Biggest Health Scam of the Decade Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:23:14 +0000

At the start of this decade, the federal government called out consumer DNA testing as a burgeoning scam industry. Little did we know how it would explode in popularity.

In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published an investigative report that bashed consumer DNA test companies for misleading the public. It accused them of deceptively claiming their products could predict the odds of developing more than a dozen medical conditions; some even went as far to offer equally dubious dietary supplements. The report had followed a similar lambasting of the industry by the GAO in 2006.

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Google Earth’s ‘creation tools’ let you make personalized maps Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:22:47 +0000

Google Earth launched creation tools that allow users to produce personalized narrative stories with custom maps and virtual tours.

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Los Angeles, ‘Blade Runner,’ and the Theory of Relativity Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:42:37 +0000

The movie, which was set in November 2019, got a lot right about Los Angeles and the future–even the things it got wrong.

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Within 10 Years, We’ll Travel by Hyperloop, Rockets, and Avatars Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:04:09 +0000

“The Hyperloop exists,” says Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop One, “because of the rapid acceleration of power electronics, computational modeling, material sciences, and 3D printing.”

Thanks to these convergences, there are now ten major Hyperloop One projects—in various stages of development—spread across the globe. Chicago to DC in 35 minutes. Pune to Mumbai in 25 minutes. According to Giegel, “Hyperloop is targeting certification in 2023. By 2025, the company plans to have multiple projects under construction and running initial passenger testing.”

So think about this timetable: Autonomous car rollouts by 2020. Hyperloop certification and aerial ridesharing by 2023. By 2025—going on vacation might have a totally different meaning. Going to work most definitely will.

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Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:03:40 +0000

New Scientist.

The technique, officially called emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR), is being carried out on people who arrive at the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore with an acute trauma – such as a gunshot or stab wound – and have had a cardiac arrest. Their heart will have stopped beating and they will have lost more than half their blood. There are only minutes to operate, with a less than 5 per cent chance that they would normally survive.

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NanoRacks Outposts to Revolutionize Human Presence in Space Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:02:51 +0000

For Manber the idea goes along with the intention of the Trump administration of commercializing operations in low-Earth orbit around 2025, thus helping the nation move ‘into the next chapter with commercial outposts.’

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Human patient put in suspended animation for the first time Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:43:31 +0000

Blood is replaced with ice-cold saline.

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The ‘Strong CP Problem’ Is The Most Underrated Puzzle In All Of Physics Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:22:16 +0000

At almost every frontier in theoretical physics, scientists are struggling to explain what we observe. We don’t know what composes dark matter; we don’t know what’s responsible for dark energy; we don’t know how matter won out over antimatter in the early stages of the Universe. But the strong CP problem is different: it’s a puzzle not because of something we observe, but because of the observed absence of something that’s so thoroughly expected.

Why, in the strong interactions, do particles that decay match exactly the decays of antiparticles in a mirror-image configuration? Why does the neutron not have an electric dipole moment? Many alternative solutions to a new symmetry, such as one of the quarks being massless, are now ruled out. Does nature just exist this way, in defiance of our expectations?

Through the right developments in theoretical and experimental physics, and with a little help from nature, we just might find out.

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The brain is the final frontier of our privacy, and AI is about to breach it Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:24:12 +0000

Lawyers and doctors are typically paid more than manual laborers because of the relative shorter supply of lawyers and doctors, which is in part due to the number of years of training required to enter those professions and the corresponding value society attributes to those skills. But what will happen to their wages once the market is faced with an abundance of skilled labor? If anyone is able to upload legal or medical know-how to their brain and know just as much as the professionals in those fields, why pay a professional a higher wage?

Of course, certain skills, such as strategic judgment and contextual understanding, may be difficult, if not impossible, to digitize. But even the games of chess and Go, both complex games that require strategic decision-making and foresight, have now been conquered by AIs that taught themselves how to play—and beat—some of the best human players.

The technology’s potential for emancipation and human advancement is immense. But we—entrepreneurs, researchers, professionals, policymakers, and industry—must not lose sight of the social risks.

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Say goodbye to casts: “magic” material can heal your bones in mere days Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:23:49 +0000

Regrowing bones is no easy task, but the world’s lightest solid might make it easier to achieve. Researchers have figured out a way to use hybrid aerogels, strong but ultralight materials, to prompt new bone tissue to grow and replace lost or damaged tissue.

Although bone cancer is a relatively rare disease (it accounts for less than 1% of all cancers), people who suffer from it often end up losing a lot of bone tissue and, in extreme cases, undergo amputation. The cancerous tissue has to be cut out, taking with it a large chunk of nearby healthy tissue to make sure that the cancer does not spread. This effectively removes the cancer, but also leaves the patient with a lot less bone than they started out with.

A recent study has used hybrid aerogels to restore the lost tissue by prompting bone regeneration. Aerogels are basically a combination of solid and gas. Think Jell-O, but one where the water has been slowly dried out and replaced completely by air. This slow and careful removing of liquid is what allows the gel to retain its shape instead of shriveling into a hard lump. The pairing of solid and gas makes aerogels extremely light and very porous. These two qualities make them exceptionally suitable to use as scaffolds, which can be used as physical roadmaps for the developing bone to follow as it grows.

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Can we eat to starve cancer? — William Li Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:23:04 +0000

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William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Talk by WIlliam Li.

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70 is the new 65 when it comes to health and life expectancy in the UK Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:22:47 +0000

The UK Office for National Statistics says men aged 70 feel as healthy as 65-year-old men did in 1997. Women aged 70 feel as healthy as 65-year-olds did in 1981.

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Scientists are playing with apple flour to pack cookies with fiber Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:03:14 +0000

Apple pomace flour could help load baked goods with fiber and antioxidants.

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Gene-Edited ‘Supercells’ Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:02:52 +0000

CRISPR For Sickle Cell Disease Shows Promise In Early Test : Shots — Health News Researchers edited the DNA in bone marrow cells taken from a Mississippi woman with sickle cell disease to produce a treatment that could alleviate the excruciating effects of her inherited illness.

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How the Brain Can Rewire Itself After Half of It Is Removed Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:02:29 +0000

New scans showed how the brains of people who had a hemisphere removed in childhood continue to function.

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Better Late Than Never: Exercising Helps You Live Longer No Matter When You Start, Study Says Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:50:30 +0000

Do you agree? 😁.

By now, it’s undeniable: regular exercise comes with a range of health benefits for people who stick with it over time. But is it ever too late to start?

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Longevity And Health Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:49:53 +0000

Education and bravery are the key to our survival. In this article we dig into the correlation between health and longevity.

With so many supplement salesman and scientists talking about longevity it can get confusing as to exactly what that might mean. Of course we all want to live as long as we can but most would agree to it only if they were able to be healthy and active. After all how would life be worth it if you were confined to a bed or wheelchair in constant pain?

As we improve health we also extend life. One drawback to extending life is that we face health problems we might have avoided by simply not being alive. However as we extend life we will also extend health and find ways to cure all diseases. For most of humanity throughout the ages Cancer or Alzheimer’s was rarely a cause for concern. Cancer and Alzheimer’s was not as prevalent because most people did not live long enough to be stricken with them. Many humans died from infections, starvation, and injury and thus the expected life span was much lower than today. Every time a new advancement is made in healthcare we improve the odds of living longer. Hospitals, handwashing, and vaccines all improved a human beings chance of survival and also their chance of contracting a new or otherwise unusual disease.

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From a cloud of cold and a spark, researchers create and stabilize pure polymeric nitrogen for the first time Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:31:31 +0000

Scientists have long theorized that the energy stored in the atomic bonds of nitrogen could one day be a source of clean energy. But coaxing the nitrogen atoms into linking up has been a daunting task. Researchers at Drexel University’s C&J Nyheim Plasma Institute have finally proven that it’s experimentally possible—with some encouragement from a liquid plasma spark.

Reported in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, the production of pure polymeric nitrogen—polynitrogen—is possible by zapping a compound called sodium azide with a jet of plasma in the middle of a super-cooling cloud of liquid nitrogen. The result is six nitrogen atoms bonded together—a compound called ionic, or neutral, nitrogen-six—that is predicted to be an extremely energy-dense material.

“Polynitrogen is being explored for use as a ‘green’ fuel source, for energy storage, or as an explosive,” said Danil Dobrynin, Ph.D., an associated research professor at the Nyheim Institute and lead author of the paper. “Versions of it have been experimentally synthesized—though never in a way that was stable enough to recover to ambient conditions or in pure nitrogen-six form. Our discovery using liquid plasma opens a new avenue for this research that could lead to a stable polynitrogen.”

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NASA Unveils Its First Experimental Electric Airplane Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:30:37 +0000

The American X-plane series has a long and storied history stretching all the way back to the Bell X-1 that made supersonic flight a reality. NASA, the Air Force, and other parts of the government have used X-planes to explore the flight mechanics of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), movable wings, and much more. Now, NASA is working on the first manned X-plane in decades, the all-electric X-57 Maxwell.

NASA started working on the X-57 in 2015, but it’s not building its electric plane from the ground up. The team started with a Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, which it is modifying in stages. NASA hasn’t flown the aircraft yet, but it has deemed the X-57 ready for its public debut. The press was allowed to view the X-57 last week at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards Air Force Base.

The X-57 is currently in its “Mod II” configuration, which is the first featuring entirely electric flight hardware. The plane has electric cruise motors where two combustion motors were in the original aircraft. Mod III and IV will complete the X-57’s transformation from a noisy combustion plane to a quieter, more efficient electric one.

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Thank you Dr. Francesca Ferrando for organizing this fantastic Posthuman event at NYU Wed, 20 Nov 2019 06:43:47 +0000

Thank you Dr. Francesca Ferrando for organizing this fantastic Posthuman event at NYU. What an honor to have been invited as one of the speakers among such great minds. Thank you 🙏.

An unforgettable night!

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A paperlike LCD—thin, flexible, tough and cheap Wed, 20 Nov 2019 06:22:41 +0000

More information:

Yihong Zhang et al, A flexible optically re-writable color liquid crystal display, Applied Physics Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1063/1.

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