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Aug 14, 2015

First 3D-Printed Drug Ushers in Era of Downloadable Medicine — Singularity HUB

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, neuroscience, singularity

Last week, the FDA approved the first 3D-printed prescription drug, essentially validating the technology as a new heavyweight player in big pharma. “This may be the first truly mass manufactured product made by 3D printing,” said Dr. Michael Cima, a professor at MIT who helped invent the pill-printing technology back in 1997, in an email to Singularity Hub. “It’s revolutionary.”

The printed pill, SPRITAM levetiracetam, is a drug that fights many kinds of epileptic seizures. The brainchild of a little-known Ohio-based company Aprecia, SPRITAM is essentially an old drug ingredient packaged into a brand new, more effective delivery system. Unlike current formulations of the same drug, SPRITAM immediately dissolves upon contact with water and bursts into effect — a property obviously beneficial when trying to curtail sudden-onset seizure episodes.

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Aug 14, 2015

The Dutch ‘Basic Income’ Experiment Is Expanding

Posted by in category: economics

Utrecht announced that it would give no-strings-attached money to some of its residents. Now other Dutch cities are considering similar plans.

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Aug 14, 2015

The Longevity Reporter: The Weekly Newsletter on Aging (15th August, 2015)

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, health, life extension

Checkout the latest Longevity Reporter Newsletter (15th August, 2015), covering this week’s top news in health, aging, longevity

This week: ‘Danielle’ — An Eye Opening Simulation Of The Aging Process; How Does Chronic Inflammation Lead To Cancer?; Low Inflammation and Telomere Maintenance Predict Healthy Longevity; 3-D Printing: Could Downloadable Medicine Be The Future?; And more.

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Aug 14, 2015

Gene therapy cures blindness

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Blind mice with destroyed retinas ran away from a swooping owl after treatment reprogrammed different cells in their eyes to detect light.

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Aug 14, 2015

UK roads will charge electric cars while they drive

Posted by in category: transportation

The UK government has announced it’s set to trial a new type of highway that wirelessly charges hybrid and electric cars that drive on it.

The supercharged highways would juice up hybrid or electric cars that would normally need to stop, using a straight line charging path between A and B.

The results of this off road trial, based on this feasibility test, will be published and could lead to real motorway trials in the next few years, if successful. But it will come at a cost.

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Aug 14, 2015

Australian Physicists Solve Quantum Tunneling Mystery

Posted by in categories: engineering, physics, quantum physics

Professor Kheifets and Dr. Igor Ivanov, from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, and An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process.

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Aug 14, 2015

Reprogrammable optic chip has complete flexibility in processing of photons and is a pathway to quantum computing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, electronics, quantum physics

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in Japan, have developing an optical chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways.

It’s a major step forward in creating a quantum computer to solve problems such as designing new drugs, superfast database searches, and performing otherwise intractable mathematics that aren’t possible for super computers.

The fully reprogrammable chip brings together a multitude of existing quantum experiments and can realise a plethora of future protocols that have not even been conceived yet, marking a new era of research for quantum scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of quantum technologies.

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Aug 14, 2015

Are aliens trying to contact us? Mathematical radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Posted by in category: alien life

Count on it, one way or another.


Strange bursts of radio waves detected over the last 15 years have a pattern that can’t be explained by any known natural phenomenon.

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Aug 14, 2015

Report: Human Age Reversal Research

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

“A protein found in the blood of young animals called GDF-11 is inducing systemic rejuvenation effects on bone, muscle, heart, blood vessels, and brains of older animals.

“GDF” stands for growth differentiating factor. It functions to turn “on” senescent stem cells, which results in a restoration of youthful structure and function to senile tissues. This same protein (GDF-11) is found in young humans as well as animals.

Harvard, Stanford, and other universities are conducting remarkable studies showing age reversal in animal models. Researchers from these centers of medical innovation are optimistic that this approach might be applicable to humans.”

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Aug 14, 2015

Researchers Are Getting Closer to 3D Printing Brains

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, neuroscience

The complex structure of the brain can be replicated with a simple handheld printer.

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