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Dec 3, 2022

Drinking coffee might lengthen life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

If your morning never starts without a cup of coffee, you may be intrigued to learn that drinking the wildly popular beverage could significantly lower your risk of dying within the next few years, a new study suggests.

The study, published online May 31, 2022, by Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed data about coffee consumption from more than 170,000 people (average age 56) from the United Kingdom who did not have cancer or cardiovascular disease at the study’s start. The researchers tracked participants over an average of seven years. They also accounted for such factors as lifestyle, diet, sex, age, and ethnicity.

People who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee each day, even with a teaspoon of added sugar per cup, were up to 30% less likely to die during the study period than those who didn’t drink coffee. It didn’t appear to matter if the coffee contained caffeine or not, but the benefit tapered off for those drinking more than 4.5 cups each day.

Dec 3, 2022

Mom’s Dietary Fat Rewires Male and Female Brains Differently

Posted by in categories: chemistry, health, neuroscience, sex

Excess fat triggers immune cells to overeat serotonin in the brain of developing male mice, leading to depression-like behavior. More than half of all women in the United States are overweight or obese when they become pregnant. While being or becoming overweight during pregnancy can have potential health risks for moms, there are also hints that it may tip the scales for their kids to develop psychiatric disorders like autism or depression, which often affects one gender more than the other.

What hasn’t been understood however is how the accumulation of fat tissue in mom might signal through the placenta in a sex-specific way and rearrange the developing offspring’s brain.

To fill this gap, Duke postdoctoral researcher Alexis Ceasrine, Ph.D., and her team in the lab of Duke psychology & neuroscience professor Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., studied pregnant mice on a high-fat diet. In findings appearing November 28 in the journal Nature Metabolism, they found that mom’s high-fat diet triggers immune cells in the developing brains of male but not female mouse pups to overconsume the mood-influencing brain chemical serotonin, leading to depressed-like behavior.

Dec 3, 2022

Physicists Create a Holographic Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

Posted by in categories: cosmology, holograms, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Physicists have purportedly created the first-ever wormhole, a kind of tunnel theorized in 1935 by Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen that leads from one place to another by passing into an extra dimension of space.

The wormhole emerged like a hologram out of quantum bits of information, or “qubits,” stored in tiny superconducting circuits. By manipulating the qubits, the physicists then sent information through the wormhole, they reported today in the journal Nature.

The team, led by Maria Spiropulu of the California Institute of Technology, implemented the novel “wormhole teleportation protocol” using Google’s quantum computer, a device called Sycamore housed at Google Quantum AI in Santa Barbara, California. With this first-of-its-kind “quantum gravity experiment on a chip,” as Spiropulu described it, she and her team beat a competing group of physicists who aim to do wormhole teleportation with IBM and Quantinuum’s quantum computers.”

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Dec 3, 2022

FDA approved a 1st-of-its-kind treatment made from human poop. What does it do?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

The only time might be willing to take shit off someone.

— Cancer patients weren’t responding to therapy. Then they got a poop transplant.

— The same exact foods affect each person’s gut bacteria differently.

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Dec 3, 2022

Kip Thorne — Is Time Travel Possible?

Posted by in categories: physics, time travel

What does time travel reveal about the nature of space and time? What about the laws of physics under extreme conditions?

For more on information and video interviews with Kip Thorne, please visit

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Dec 3, 2022

US-China defense race: World’s first sixth-generation aircraft B-21 nuclear bomber debuts

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

China’s H-20 ‘stealth bomber,’ allegedly a rival to the US’s ‘Raider,’ may also be rolled out soon.

Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) and the U.S. Air Force have finally rolled out the world’s first sixth-generation aircraft after over three decades, amid a tight arms race with China.

The B-21 “Raider,” a long-range nuclear bomber, was unveiled on Friday, at the company’s facility in Palmdale, California, according to a press release by the defense giant.

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Dec 3, 2022

New shocking-tech could save ‘millions of sharks destroyed every year’

Posted by in category: futurism

SharkGuard sends out an electrical pulse that repels the animals.

Millions of sharks are killed each year when they’re accidentally caught by industrial fishing vessels. Now a new technology may just stop this carnage, according to an article published by Bloomberg.

The technology has already been tested on two longline vessels fishing for bluefin tuna off the south coast of France in July and August 2021,. The results were nothing short of impressive: blue shark accidental catches fell by 91.

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Dec 3, 2022

Human reverse gear? Here are the hidden health benefits of walking backwards

Posted by in categories: health, space

It leads to improved muscular endurance for the muscles of the lower legs while reducing the burden on our joints.

Walking doesn’t require any special equipment or gym memberships, and best of all, it’s completely free. For most of us, walking is something we do automatically. It doesn’t require conscious effort, so many of us fail to remember the benefits of walking for health. But what happens if we stop walking on auto-pilot and start challenging our brains and bodies by walking backwards? Not only does this change of direction demand more of our attention, but it may also bring additional health benefits.

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated.

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Dec 3, 2022

Twitter 2.0 serves ‘90 billion Tweet impressions per day,’ claims Elon Musk

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Musk’s recent efforts to entice users and advertisers have seen him display a large amount of data, showing off the progress of the platform.

Elon Musk, the “Chief Twit,” has claimed that his social media platform “Twitter 2.0” is serving 90 billion Tweet impressions per day.

“Twitter is now serving almost 90 billion tweet impressions per day!” the tech billionaire wrote on his micro-blogging site on Friday.

Dec 3, 2022

Google shuts down Duplex on the Web, its attempt to bring AI smarts to retail sites and more

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, food, internet, robotics/AI

Google is shutting down Duplex on the Web, its AI-powered set of services that navigated sites to simplify the process of ordering food, purchasing movie tickets and more. According to a note on a Google support page, Google on the Web and any automation features enabled by it will no longer be supported as of this month.

“As we continue to improve the Duplex experience, we’re responding to the feedback we’ve heard from users and developers about how to make it even better,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch via email, adding that Duplex on the Web partners have been notified to help them prepare for the shutdown. “By the end of this year, we’ll turn down Duplex on the Web and fully focus on making AI advancements to the Duplex voice technology that helps people most every day.”

Google introduced Duplex on the Web, an outgrowth of its call-automating Duplex technology, during its 2019 Google I/O developer conference. To start, it was focused on a couple of narrow use cases, including opening a movie theater chain’s website to fill out all of the necessary information on a user’s behalf — pausing to prompt for choices like seats. But Duplex on the Web later expanded to passwords, helping users automatically change passwords exposed in a data breach, as well as assist with checkout for e-commerce retailers, flight check-in for airline sites and automatic discount finding.

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