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May 16, 2019

The Processes and Impact of Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Nina Khera writes about the aging processes and why she took an interest in aging research and why she thinks young people should too.

Aging is a series of processes in which the body’s ability to perform functions gradually decreases. The Hallmarks of Aging includes such things as an increase in senescent cells and a decrease in stem cells, but decreasing NAD+ and increasing free radicals matter as well. This article will cover a few root causes of aging and their total impact on humanity.

Senescent cells

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May 16, 2019

Transhumanist science will reshape what it means to be human

Posted by in categories: science, transhumanism

I’ve been wanting to write on this quintessential #transhumanism debate for a long time: whether a copy of you is…well you. Here’s my new article for Quartz:…-be-human/ #Omnipotism #Philosophy #LifeExtensionGameTheory

In 20 years transhumanist science could help us cheat death.

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May 16, 2019

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics and Biology

Posted by in categories: biological, mathematics, physics

Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.

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May 16, 2019

Russia joins in global gene-editing bonanza

Posted by in category: genetics

Alexey Kochetov, director of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, welcomed the research programme, noting that genetics in Russia has been “chronically underfinanced” for decades. Funding for science plummeted in the 1990s following the break-up of the Soviet Union, and Russia still lags behind other major powers: in 2017, it spent 1.11% of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13% in China and 2.79% in the United States.

A US$1.7-billion programme aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next decade. A US$1.7-billion programme aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next decade.

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May 16, 2019

Researchers discover an unexpected phase transition in the high explosive TATB

Posted by in categories: evolution, particle physics, supercomputing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists in collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have discovered a previously unknown pressure induced phase transition for TATB that can help predict detonation performance and safety of the explosive. The research appears in the May 13 online edition of the Applied Physics Letters and it is highlighted as a cover and featured article.

1,3,5-Triamino-2,4,6- trinitrobenzene (TATB), the industry standard for an insensitive high explosive, stands out as the optimum choice when safety (insensitivity) is of utmost importance. Among similar materials with comparable explosive energy release, TATB is remarkably difficult to shock-initiate and has a low friction sensitivity. The causes of this unusual behavior are hidden in the high-pressure structural evolution of TATB. Supercomputer simulations of explosives detonating, running on the world’s most powerful machines at LLNL, depend on knowing the exact locations of the atoms in the crystal structure of an explosive. Accurate knowledge of atomic arrangement under pressure is the cornerstone for predicting the detonation performance and safety of an explosive.

The team performed experiments utilizing a diamond anvil cell, which compressed TATB single crystals to a pressure of more than 25 GPa (250,000 times atmospheric pressure). According to all previous experimental and theoretical studies, it was believed that the atomic arrangement in the crystal structure of TATB remains the same under pressure. The project team challenged the consensus in the field aiming to clarify the high-pressure structural behaviour of TATB.

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May 15, 2019

Rooftop Panels Can Purify Polluted Air 100x Faster Than Trees Using Photosynthesis of Plants

Posted by in category: futurism

The technology purifies the air through the photosynthesis of plants, removing greenhouse gases from the environment whilst generating breathable oxygen.

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May 15, 2019

Augmented Reality + Brain Computer Interfaces: Hololens 2, FNIRS, EIT

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, computing, neuroscience

Learn about two exciting & free San Francisco Events coming up tonight and tomorrow (5÷15 & 5/16/2019:

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May 15, 2019

Latest Data on Evobrutinib, New MS Therapy Targeting B Cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Further data from the phase 2 trial of show a significant reduction in enhancing MRI lesions with one of the doses tested but increases in liver enzymes may be an issue.

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May 15, 2019

Jeff Bezos foresees a trillion people living in millions of space colonies. Here’s what he’s doing to get the ball rolling

Posted by in category: space

The billionaire tycoon’s ideas draw from the vision of physicist Gerard K. O’Neill, who pioneered concepts for space settlements in the 1970s.

Physicist Gerard K. O’Neill proposed a space settlement design based on giant cylinders. Rick Guidice / NASA.

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May 15, 2019

Quantum sunlight experiment could shed light on stellar astrophysics

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Solar photons pair-up with light from a quantum dot in a “highly non-classical” manner.

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