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Dec 6, 2016

A New Aging Discovery Could Allow Humans to Extend Their Lifespan

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, health, life extension

In Brief

  • By observing the transparent cells of roundworms, researchers have uncovered a link between lifespan and the natural cellular process of RNA splicing.
  • This research could lead to new breakthroughs in anti-aging treatments that would allow humans to indefinitely keep ourselves healthy, stalling death for as long as possible.

Though aging seems like one of the most natural things, an affair common to all living creatures, the process is actually poorly understood by scientists. A new study detailed in Nature aims to shed light on the phenomenon as a research team led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has uncovered a relationship between lifespan and RNA splicing, a core function of cells that allows a single gene to produce a variety of proteins.

The researchers already knew that mutations in RNA splicing could lead to disease, but they wanted to find out if the act of splicing itself had an impact on the aging process. To find out, they designed experimental setups using the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, which show visible signs of aging during their short three-week lifespan.

Dec 5, 2016

New blow for ‘supersymmetry’ physics theory

Posted by in categories: futurism, particle physics

In a new blow for the futuristic “supersymmetry” theory of the universe’s basic anatomy, experts reported fresh evidence Monday of subatomic activity consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics.

New data from ultra high-speed proton collisions at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) showed an exotic particle dubbed the “beauty quark” behaves as predicted by the Standard Model, said a paper in the journal Nature Physics.

Previous attempts at measuring the beauty quark’s rare transformation into a so-called “up quark” had yielded conflicting results. That prompted scientists to propose an explanation beyond the Standard Model—possibly supersymmetry.

Dec 5, 2016

Scientists Just Used CRISPR to Treat a Horrible Genetic Disorder in Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Hemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death from even the slightest cut.

Dec 5, 2016

Video: How will we get to Alpha Centauri? Researchers work on an antimatter drive

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

The scientists who support Project Blue are already thinking about how future explorers could get to the planets around Alpha Centauri.

Dec 5, 2016

Infertility breakthrough as cancer drug sparks growth of new eggs in ‘astonishing’ discovery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Infertile women have been offered new hope after scientists found that a common cancer drug triggers the development of new eggs, an outcome which was previously thought to be impossible.

In a discovery hailed as “astonishing”, researchers at the University of Edinburgh proved it is possible to reverse the clock and coax the ovaries back into a pre-pubescent state where they begin to produce new eggs.

Women are born with all their eggs, which is why conceiving becomes harder with age, because the eggs grow old, become damaged and eventually run out entirely.

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Dec 5, 2016

This Battery Charges In Seconds, And Lasts All Week

Posted by in categories: materials, nanotechnology

It’s a super capacitor made with nano-materials, but all you need to know is—if it’s commercialized—your days of worrying about your battery might be over.

Dec 5, 2016

Light Harvesting “Quantum Photocells” Herald A New Age in Solar Energy

Posted by in categories: biological, quantum physics, solar power, space, sustainability

In Brief

  • By combining the fields of quantum physics and biology, researchers have developed more efficient solar cells inspired by photosynthesis.
  • With current solar cells wasting about 80 percent of the energy absorbed, it will be interesting to see what future innovative approaches will allow in the pursuit toward universal clean energy.

Science once again reaches a milestone in technology by modeling it after nature. Researchers have devised a new type of highly efficient photocell by studying photosynthesis in plants.

Nathan Gabor, assistant professor for physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, led research spurred by a simple question as to why plants are green. This eventually led to a quest to mimic plants’ ability to efficiently harvest energy from the Sun regardless of how erratic the sunlight is.

Dec 5, 2016

Westworld is raising some huge issues about our future

Posted by in categories: ethics, mobile phones, robotics/AI

But Westworld is more than just entertainment. It raises problems that society will have to face head-on as technology gets more powerful. Here are a couple of the biggest.

1. Can we treat robots with respect?

Westworld raises a moral question — at what point do we have to treat machines in a responsible manner? We’re used to dropping our smartphones on the ground without remorse and throwing our broken gadgets in the trash. We may have to think differently as machines show more human traits.

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Dec 5, 2016

Terrifying life-size robot stalker can run faster than humans over rocky terrain

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A 6ft robot is now able to walk and run over rocky terrain and balance itself just like a human.

Google’s Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has been upgraded so it is able to balance itself as it travels over stones and rocks.

In a video the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition explains: “The Atlas Humanoid walking over small and partial footholds such as small stepping stones or line contacts.

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Dec 5, 2016

Human Intelligence (HI)

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, singularity

Are you scared of Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Do you believe the warnings from folks like Prof. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others?

Is AI the greatest tool humanity will ever create, or are we “summoning the demon”?

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