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Dec 6, 2015

Longer Life in a Pill May Already Be Available at Your Local Drug Store

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

To most of the scientific community, “anti-aging” is a dirty word.

A medical field historically associated with charlatans and quacks, scientists have strictly restricted the quest for a “longevity pill” to basic research. The paradigm is simple and one-toned: working on model organisms by manipulating different genes and proteins, scientists slowly tease out the molecular mechanisms that lead to — and reverse — signs of aging, with no guarantee that they’ll work in humans.

longer-life-in-a-pill-41But it’s been a fruitful search: multiple drug candidates, many already on the market for immune or psychiatric disorders, have consistently delayed age-associated diseases and stretched the lifespan of fruit flies, roundworms and mice. Yet human trials have been far beyond reach — without the FDA acknowledging “aging” as a legitimate target for drug development, researchers have had no way of pitching clinical trials to the regulatory agency.

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Dec 6, 2015

Could RoboBees Ever Take the Place of Real Bees?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers are developing tiny flying robots that can do many things bees do — and even some things that they can’t. Could they serve as stand-ins for the real insects?

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Dec 6, 2015

Beyond the Boundary — The Greatest Challenge: Manned Interstellar Travel

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

By Andreas M. Hein in Artificial Intelligence and Science Fiction. Beyond the Boundary: Exploring the Science and Culture of Interstellar Spaceflight.

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Dec 6, 2015

Beyond ‘Back to the Future’: Experts Serve Up Tech Predictions for 2045

Posted by in categories: drones, electronics, transportation

Just How Much Did ‘Back to the Future’ Get Right about October 2015? 2:19.

In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel from 1985 to October 21, 2015, to find a world filled with flying cars, hoverboards and self-drying jackets.

Those predictions didn’t exactly pan out, although people are working on each of those concepts. (Screenwriter Bob Gale did get a lot of things — from drones to fingerprint scanners — right, as he told TODAY earlier this year.)

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Dec 6, 2015

Bridge in a backpack

Posted by in category: futurism

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Dec 6, 2015

From AI and data science to cryptography: Microsoft researchers offer 16 predictions for ’16

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

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Dec 6, 2015

Interesting Futurism Animation 6

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Dec 5, 2015

This Waterproof Quadcopter Is Also a Submarine

Posted by in category: transportation

A multi-mission aircraft that can fly and swim.

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Dec 5, 2015

Finland plans to give every citizen a basic income of 800 euros a month — By Olivia Goldhill | Quartz

Posted by in category: governance

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“The Finnish government is currently drawing up plans to introduce a national basic income. A final proposal won’t be presented until November 2016, but if all goes to schedule, Finland will scrap all existing benefits and instead hand out 800 euros per month—to everyone.”

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Dec 5, 2015

Two pro drivers raced against each other while wearing VR headsets—here’s what they saw

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Do not try this at home.

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