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Dec 16, 2019

Three aspirins a week helps you live longer by a fifth, research says

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Older people could significantly increase their chances of enjoying a long retirement by taking aspirin regularly, according to new research.

Pensioners who took the drug at least three times a week were almost a fifth more likely to be alive about a decade later than those who did not.

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Dec 16, 2019

AI is outpacing Moore’s Law

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

In 1965, American engineer Gordon Moore made the prediction that the number of transistors integrated on a silicon chip doubles every two years or so. This has proven to be true to this day, allowing software developers to double the performance of their applications. However, the performance of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms seems to have outpaced Moore’s Law.

According to a new report produced by Stanford University, AI computational power is accelerating at a much higher rate than the development of processor chips.

“Prior to 2012, AI results closely tracked Moore’s Law, with compute doubling every two years,” the authors of the report wrote. “Post-2012, compute has been doubling every 3.4 months.”

Dec 16, 2019

Researchers Create Ultimate Non-Stick Coating That Repels Everything – Even Viruses and Bacteria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs: Researchers create the ultimate non-stick coating, with medical settings and food industry in mind.

A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.

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Dec 16, 2019

How much food can your stomach hold in one meal?

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Dec 16, 2019

A Former NASA Astronaut Is Building a Plasma-Powered Mars Rocket

Posted by in category: space travel

The astronaut called regular, SpaceX-style rockets “primitive.”

Is this how humanity will finally get to Mars?

Dec 16, 2019

Certain Foods Can Cure Infections (In The Lab, That Is…)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

A recent Forbes article discussed how minestrone soup could stave off growth of a particular type of malaria. No, this did not mean that we should forget about being excited about a potential new malaria vaccine or no longer take malaria pills when traveling to malaria-ridden regions. Nor did it mean that treating malaria would now become a gourmet endeavor for discerning palates. But the concept was interesting: a science teacher engaged students in an experiment, and found that compared to other soups (yes, soups), minestrone in particular had the strongest ability to prevent growth of the organism causing malaria. In a test tube, that is.

Other foods have also been found to reduce bacteria and stave off illness, but again, this has been in the laboratory, not necessarily in the gut, respiratory tract, urinary tract, or skin. Let’s take garlic. Some like it, some don’t. But using garlic in its pure form or as an extract has become increasingly popular, especially for those exploring alternative medicine options. Its potential uses have ranged far and wide, including treatment of chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease, as well as infections ranging from bacteria, fungi, and cold viruses. The active antimicrobial component of garlic is allicin, which acts to inhibit enzyme activity necessary for bacterial growth and replication. While studies on garlic’s benefits have been extensive, and many both in and out of the laboratory have been positive, there continues to be need for longer term trials and placebo-controlled studies to assess its actions. The larger studies, to date, have been in the lab. Or perhaps in the kitchen. A study looking at the antibacterial effects of garlic on hamburger meat, specifically limiting growth of the bacteria staphylococcus aureus, demonstrated that adequate amounts of garlic extract added to hamburger meat kept these nasty bugs out for up to two months when refrigerated. If you like garlic-flavored hamburgers, then this is certainly a good way to go. Tasty, and staphylococcus-free!

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has also had its day in the limelight when it comes to various medicinal properties. Besides its potential benefit in reducing growth of cancerous tumors, it has also been investigated regarding properties including anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal effects. Many of the results regarding curcumin’s effects have remained in the laboratory, with clinical trials still pending. The most promising work in curcumin’s anti-bacterial effect has been in combating growth of helicobacter pylori, a bacterial pathogen which contributes to gastritis and gastric ulcers. But even in this setting, curcumin was found to be beneficial only when combined with existing medications to treat this disease.

Dec 16, 2019

Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea To Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Could Migraine Pain Relief Be Found In The Color Green? : Shots — Health News Researchers are looking into a surprisingly simple technique that shows promise in easing certain kinds of chronic pain, including migraine headaches.

Dec 16, 2019

How the Many-Worlds theory of Hugh Everett split the Universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. He specialises in quantum mechanics, gravitation, cosmology, statistical mechanics and foundations of physics. His latest book is Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime (2019). He lives in Los Angeles.

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Dec 16, 2019

Medical Applications of Spider Venom

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Dec 16, 2019

Ending Age-Related Diseases: 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, life extension

We will be returning in 2020 to host our third conference in New York City and brings together the leading experts in aging research and biotech business and investment. Building on the success of our 2018 and 2019 conferences we will continue to bring you the latest research, business, and investment talks from some of the top leaders in their fields.

We will be releasing more information about the conference in the coming months as we confirm speakers, venue, and dates. If you would like to stay informed about developments and ticket offers you may wish to sign up for the conference mailing list below.