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Aug 9, 2016

When Every Company Is a Tech Company, Does the Label Matter? — By Jeff Sommer | The New York Times

Posted by in category: finance


“These days every company is a tech company, but some have better niches, faster growth, more attractive offerings or more favorable share prices than others.”

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Aug 9, 2016

Crowdfunding a Universal Cancer Treatment: Only a Few Days Left in the Fundraiser

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

With only 9 days left on the SENS cancer fundraiser here is an article from Fightaging! that explains why finding novel solutions to treating cancer is critical in the roadmap to longer healthier lives.

This year’s SENS rejuvenation research crowdfunding event puts the spotlight on the SENS Research Foundation’s cancer program. So far more than 300 people have donated, and more than $26,000 has been raised; with ten days left to go, it won’t take that much more of an effort to reach the same number of donors and the same level of support given to last year’s fundraiser, and which led to the success in that research program. As for all of the SENS research initiatives in the science of aging, the SENS Research Foundation’s work on cancer aims to support a big, bold goal in medicine: to build a single type of therapy that can be used to effectively treat all forms of cancer. When achieved, that will greatly increase the pace of progress towards control of cancer, the goal of finally ending cancer as a threat to health. At present the cancer research community spends much of its time and funding on approaches that are highly specific to only one or only a few of the hundred of subtypes of cancer. That is no way to win any time soon, as even with the vast funding devoted to cancer research, there are just too many forms of cancer and too few researchers. What is needed is to change the strategy, to focus on approaches to the treatment of cancer that are no more expensive to develop, but that far more patients can benefit from.

The most promising approach to a universal cancer therapy is to block telomere lengthening in cancerous tissues. Telomeres are a part of the mechanism that limits cell division in all human cells other than stem cells, repeating DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that shorten every time a cell divides. In order to achieve unfettered growth all cancers must bypass this limit by continually lengthening their telomeres, a goal that is achieved through mutations that allow cancer cells to use telomerase or the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) processes. If both telomerase and ALT can be blocked in cancer tissue, then the cancer will wither; this is such a fundamental piece of cellular machinery that there is no expectation that cancer cells could find a way around it. Block only one of these two methods of telomere lengthening, however, and the cancer will probably switch to use the other. This has been observed in mice.

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Aug 9, 2016

Can the Bioweapons Convention Survive Crispr?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, security

Crispr is a biotechnology that’s making genetic editing easier, cheaper, and far more accessible, but it has also been called a major security threat. Do such advances in biotechnology make the bioweapons convention obsolete?

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Aug 9, 2016

Future of sport, technology, genetics and business

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, genetics

Now, there is a question that must be asked when it comes to atheletes and CRISPR. As we have seen over the years with doping/ atheletic enhancing drugs, etc. how will we know for sure that an athelete from China, Russia, or even US was not enhanced as an embryo with CRISPR to be a superior athelete? Sure we can claim to set up a world wide database; however, in lile all things done before not everyone plays by the rules.

The future of sport, and how technology and genetics may change it, and the lesson for business.

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Aug 9, 2016

Laser-firing chip signals huge leap for quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Although I shared this news yesterday, this article provide some added details.

Efforts towards realising a practical quantum computer have been given a huge boost after a team of researchers made successful advances in qubit miniaturisation.

Qubits or quantum bits are the basic building blocks behind quantum computing and hold the capacity to process enormous computational tasks in real-time. However, working out how to miniaturise the technology remains a huge obstacle to quantum computer development.

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Aug 9, 2016

DARPA competition sees dawn of autonomous IoT hacking

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, military, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Glad folks realizes and admit to the risks; however, I stand by my argument until the underpinning technology is still tied to dated digital technology; it will be hacked by folks like China who are planning to be on a new Quantum network and platforms. Reason why all countries must never lose sight of replacing their infrastructure and the net with Quantum technology.

A team of researchers from Pittsburgh has won DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge – a competition billed as the ‘world’s first automated network defense tournament.’ The implications for the Internet of Things (IoT) are grave, as the machines on display threaten to ravage the already flaky state of IoT security.

DARPA, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is a wing of the US military that investigates how the latest technological breakthroughs can be put to use on the battlefield. With nation-state cybersecurity now declared a new front in conventional warfare, militaries around the world will be flocking to gather the tools needed to exert force in this new medium.

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Aug 9, 2016

Autonomous car development will speed up following a fatality

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI, transportation

Many folks have voiced the concerns over autonomous autos for many legitimate reasons including hacking and weak satellite signals for navigation especially when you review mountain ranges of the east coast.

The world has witnessed enormous advances in autonomous passenger vehicle technologies over the last dozen years.

The performance of microprocessors, memory chips and sensors needed for autonomous driving has greatly increased, while the cost of these components has decreased substantially.

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Aug 9, 2016

CRISPR May End the Use of Pesticides

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food


This summer, more than a million tons of chardonnay grapes are plumping on manicured vineyards around the world. The grapes make one of the most popular white wines, but their juicy fruit and luscious leaves are also targets for diseases such as downy mildew, a stubborn fungus-like parasite.

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Aug 8, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Just Changed the Future of Information Security

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI, security

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Mayhem ruled the day when seven AIs clashed here last week — a bot named Mayhem that, along with its competitors, proved that machines can now quickly find many types of security vulnerabilities hiding in vast amounts of code.

Sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the first-of-its-kind contest sought to explore how artificial intelligence and automation might help find security and design flaws that bad actors use to penetrate computer networks and steal data.

Mayhem, built by the For All Secure team out of Carnegie Mellon University, so outclassed its competition that it won even though it was inoperable for about half of the contest’s 96 270-second rounds. Mayhem pivoted between two autonomous methods of finding bugs and developing ways to exploit them.

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Aug 8, 2016

Pioneering research in parallel optical interconnect technology for cloud computing

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, military

New way for IoT and data centers in general to improve energy use, costs, etc.

Arrays based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers offer a high-bandwidth, low-power, and low-cost solution for intra-data centers.

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