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Jan 14, 2016

Ex-NSA Boss Says FBI is wrong on Encryption

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, government, privacy, security, software

Ex-NSA boss says FBI director is wrong on encryption

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Jan 14, 2016

Measuring Consciousness in the Lab

Posted by in categories: cosmology, neuroscience, physics

Max Tegmark about his and others’ attempts to formulate a mathematical theory of consciousness. I find this very interesting, though I try to not think about it too much… I wrote some words about this here http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2014/05/consciousness-and-p…ratch.html

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Jan 14, 2016

The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives: Michael Fossel: 9781941631690: Amazon.com: Books

Posted by in categories: health, life extension

I am reading this right now. I feel like I need to go back and study it when i am finished. It is not only a basic information source but provides some nice history on the R&D of life extension. There are a number of people we can name as the big names in longer life R&D, Fossel is one of them.


The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives [Michael Fossel] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Wall Street Journal’s Best Books for Science Lovers in 2015Science is on the cusp of a revolutionary breakthrough. We now understand more about aging—and how to prevent and reverse it—than ever before. In recent years.

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Jan 14, 2016

‘Fountain Of Youth:’ New Hormone Prolongs Lifespan, Decreases Negative Effects Of Aging In Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

I was shocked to learn recently that one of the major reasons longevity drugs haven’t been going to human trials, despite obvious promise, is that the FDA requires that any potential drug trial has to have a disease or condition it treats. Because aging hasn’t been seen as a disease or medical condition, no drug trials have been allowed to go forward to treat it. NONE! Finally, late last year, aging has been OFFICIALLY recognized as a disease and is therefor now a valid target disease for drug trials. **sigh**.


Are we one step closer to developing compounds that can extend our lifespan?

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Jan 14, 2016

The LA Gas Leak Is Scarier Than We Thought

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats

Since a gas leak erupted outside LA on October 23rd, over 83,000 metric tons of methane have escaped to the atmosphere, prompting public officials to evacuate the neighboring community of Porter Ranch. But as a disturbing new analysis shows, a much broader swath of LA is now drowning in methane.

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based nonprofit that’s been shedding light on leaky natural gas infrastructure for years. Last week, HEET sent Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips and Bob Ackley of Gas Safety out to LA to measure pollution in the air surrounding Porter Ranch.

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Jan 14, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 15

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jan 13, 2016

Time might flow backwards as well as forwards from the big bang

Posted by in categories: cosmology, futurism

In the multiverse, pocket universes could be born with clashing directions of time – the evolving future of one could happen in the rewinding past of another.

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Jan 13, 2016

Goldman Sachs says VR will be bigger than TV in 10 years

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, virtual reality

In an analyst note published on Wednesday, Goldman Sachs predicted that the virtual reality (VR) market will outpace the TV market in annual revenue by 2025, making VR bigger than TV.

The banking firm writes that the VR market will generate $110 billion dollars compared to TVs $99 billion in 10 years.

This will happen if VR adoption follows their “Accelerated Uptake” projection, in which virtual reality becomes more commonplace through advances in battery and cellular technologies. By eventually ditching the current wires and accompanying computers needed to power high-end VR headsets, the devices would become truly mobile; think a headset that’s more akin to a pair of sunglasses than the bulky goggles of the first generation Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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Jan 13, 2016

The US wants self-driving cars, and fast

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Just a day after a technology-heavy State of the Union comes news that the White House isn’t done pushing us into the future. Reuters believes that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will head to Detroit tomorrow to talk about the administration’s efforts to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. It’s said that Google, which has been spearheading the project to build an autonomous vehicle, will also be in attendance at the event. The newswire mentions Mark Rosekind, head of the nation’s traffic safety bureau, who has asked for a “nimble, flexible” approach to writing new traffic regulations. Details are still thin on the ground, but it looks as if Obama’s “spirit of innovation” is alive and well.

[Image Credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg/Getty]

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Jan 13, 2016

5 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2016

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The machines will keep getting smarter, but they’re not taking over the world just yet.

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