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Jul 10, 2018

Two Papers Trace The Steps Leading From Moles to Melanomas

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

Researchers isolated several mutations leading to melanoma and reproduced them in the lab using CRISPR.


Two papers authored by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco described the genetic changes that turn harmless moles into malignant melanomas and the experiment they devised to recreate the step-by-step evolution of normal skin cells into cancer cells [1], [2].

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Jul 7, 2018

What will humans look like in a million years?

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, evolution

To understand our future evolution we need to look to our past.

Will our descendants be cyborgs with hi-tech machine implants, regrowable limbs and cameras for eyes like something out of a science fiction novel?

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Jul 7, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — WiseChase TV — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, business, DNA, finance, futurism, genetics, health

The BUGS that REVERSE Damage

Jul 7, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Funky Thinkers Podcast — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, life extension, transhumanism

Jul 5, 2018

Mystery of Charles Darwin’s flying spiders solved — they harness electricity

Posted by in category: evolution

You might assume that evolution gave Charles Darwin enough to ponder during his five year voyage on The Beagle.

But of all the phenomena the naturalist encountered circumnavigating the globe, it was the flight of spiders which continued to puzzle him.

Darwin noticed that hundreds of spiders would inexplicably land on the Beagle even on a calm day without any wind to blow them on board.

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Jul 4, 2018

The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all

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Jul 4, 2018

Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution

Bizarre fossils from China are revealing our species’ Asian origins and rewriting the story of human evolution.

By Kate Douglas

DECEMBER 1941. Japan has just entered the second world war. China, already fighting its neighbour, is in the firing line. At the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hu Chengzhi carefully packs two wooden crates with the world’s most precious anthropological artefacts. Peking Man – in reality some 200 fossilised teeth and bones, including six skulls – is to be shipped to the US for safekeeping. This is the last anyone ever sees of him.

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Jul 2, 2018

Why Space Warfare is Inevitable

Posted by in categories: biological, cybercrime/malcode, geopolitics, military, space, treaties

There is increasing chatter among the world’s major military powers about how space is fast becoming the next battleground. China, Russia, and the United States are all taking steps that will ultimately result in the weaponisation of space. Any satellite that can change orbit can be considered a space weapon, but since many of the possible space-based scenarios have yet to occur, cybersecurity experts, military commanders, and policymakers do not fully understand the range of potential consequences that could result.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union was interested in paralysing America’s strategic forces, strategic command, and control and communications, so that its military command could not communicate with its forces. They would do so by first causing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to sever communication and operational capabilities, and then launch a mass attack across the North Pole to blow up US Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).

In 1967, the US, UK and Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty, which was either ratified by or acceded to 105 countries (including China). It set in place laws regarding the use of outer space and banned any nation from stationing nuclear warheads, chemical or biological weapons in space. However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit, so such weapons as kinetic bombardment (i.e. attacking Earth with a projectile) are not strictly prohibited.

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Jul 2, 2018

Becoming a Cyborg: From Disabled to More-Than-Able

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs

In the famous sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, John Cavil, a Cylon that appeared human, went on an epic rant that forever changed my perception of biology and my own biological substrate.


MIT rockstar Hugh Herr delivers another TED talk, only this time revealing a major breakthrough that’ll unleash a brave new future of cyborgs!

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Jun 30, 2018

Astronomers observe the magnetic field of the remains of supernova 1987A

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution

For the first time, astronomers have directly observed the magnetism in one of astronomy’s most studied objects: the remains of Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A), a dying star that appeared in our skies over thirty years ago.

In addition to being an impressive observational achievement, the detection provides insight into the early stages of the evolution of supernova remnants and the cosmic magnetism within them.

“The magnetism we’ve detected is around 50,000 times weaker than a fridge magnet,” says Prof. Bryan Gaensler. “And we’ve been able to measure this from a distance of around 1.6 million trillion kilometres.”

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