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Dec 16, 2019

Rapamycin has anti-aging effect on human skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A small study reveals that rapamycin, a drug with a long history as an immune suppressor, can improve tone and reduce wrinkles and sagging in human skin.

Dec 16, 2019

Physicist proposes a new approach in modeling the evolution of the universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution

A physicist from RUDN University has proposed a new theoretical model for the interaction of spinor and gravitational fields. He considered the evolution of the universe within one of the variants of the widespread Bianchi cosmological model. In this case, a change in the calculated field parameters led to changes in the evolution of the universe under consideration. Upon reaching certain values, it began to shrink down to the Big Bang. The article was published in the journal The European Physical Journal Plus.

The spinor field is characterized by its behavior in interaction with gravitational fields. Dr. Bijan Saha of RUDN University focused on the study of a nonlinear spinor field. With its help, he explained the accelerated expansion of the universe. The study of a spinor field with a non-minimal coupling made it possible to describe not only the expansion of the universe, but also its subsequent contraction and the resulting Big Bang within the framework of the standard Bianchi .

The basic calculations performed by Bijan Saha allow moving away from the isotropic of the Friedman-Robertson-Walker universe (FRW) that is most often used. According to this traditional model, the properties of the universe are independent of the direction in which they are considered. The physicist has put forward an alternative: an anisotropic model in which such dependence exists. On the one hand, the “classical” isotropic model describes the of the modern universe with great precision. On the other hand, there are theoretical arguments and that lead to the conclusion that an anisotropic phase existed in the distant past.

Dec 16, 2019

Discovery reveals tractionless motion is possible

Posted by in categories: physics, robotics/AI

In an article published in Physical Review Letters, Bristol scientists have answered the fundamental question: “Is it possible to move without exerting force on the environment?”, by describing the tractionless self-propulsion of active matter.

Understanding how cells move autonomously is a fundamental question for both biologists and physicists.

Experiments on are commonly done by looking at the motion of a cell on a glass slide under a microscope.

Dec 16, 2019

Tracing the origin of a regrown leg

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

CRISPR provides window into axolotl limb replacement.

Dec 16, 2019

Humans’ ‘inner salamander’ capacity could regrow cartilage

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

With collagen supplements you can regrow cartilage pretty easily. Most supplements work better than medicine when it comes to tissue repair.

Humans have the ability to regrow cartilage, a new study has found.

In a way similar to how and other creatures can regrow lost limbs, humans have the capacity to and regenerate cartilage in their joints, researchers at Duke Health discovered.

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Dec 16, 2019

JBL says its solar-powered headphones deliver ‘unlimited’ listening

Posted by in category: sustainability

You might never have to plug the Reflect Eternal in for a recharge.

Dec 16, 2019

The first U.S. trials in people put CRISPR to the test in 2019

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Trials of the gene editor in people began in the United States this year, a first step toward fulfilling the technology’s medical promise.

Dec 16, 2019

Intel buys AI chipmaker Habana for $2 billion

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Intel this morning issued a statement noting that it has picked up Israeli AI chipmaker Habana Labs. The deal, valued at around $2 billion, is the latest piece of some hefty investments in artificial intelligence that include names like Nervana Systems and Movidius.

In July, Habana announced its Gaudi AI training processor, which the Tel Aviv startup promised was capable of beating GPU-based systems by 4x. The company has been rumored to be a target for an Intel acquisition for a while now, as Intel looks to get out in front of the AI market. The company clearly doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes like missing the boat on mobile.

So far, the strategy looks like it just may pay off, giving Intel a marked advantage in a category it notes will be worth around $24 billion by 2024. In 2019 alone, Intel notes, the company expects to generate in excess of $3.5 billion in “AI-driven revenue,” a 20% increase over the year prior.

Dec 16, 2019

Jim Mellon | Investing in the Age of Longevity

Posted by in categories: finance, life extension

Jim Mellon, speaking at Master Investor’s Investing in the Age of Longevity 2019 event.

Master Investor is an investment media and events company that delivers independent, financial commentary and analysis to UK private investors and traders through events, magazines, news, blogs, podcasts and daily/weekly newsletters.

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Dec 16, 2019

Ryuk Ransomware Likely Behind New Orleans Cyberattack

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Based on files uploaded to the VirusTotal scanning service, the ransomware attack on the City of New Orleans was likely done by the Ryuk Ransomware threat actors.

On December 14th, 2019, one day after the City of New Orleans ransomware attack, what appear to be memory dumps of suspicious executables were uploaded from an IP address from the USA to the VirusTotal scanning service.

One of these memory dumps, which contained numerous references to New Orleans and Ryuk, was later found by Colin Cowie of Red Flare Security and shared with