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Jul 17, 2015

Ray Kurzweil music technology breakthroughs – inside story | KurzweilAI

Posted by in categories: innovation, media & arts

Kurzweil 250 prototype boards (credit: Tim Thompson/Kurzweil Music Systems/Young Chang)

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Jul 17, 2015

The ESA’s Head Just Dropped a Proposal to Build a Village on the Moon

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Sounds good to me!

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Jul 17, 2015

Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff? — Sharon Gaudin | Computerworld

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Virtual face of artificial intelligence circuits and binary data

“‘The solution is to have people become better people and use technology for good,’ she said. ‘Texting is dangerous. People text while driving, which leads to accidents, but no one says, ‘Let’s remove texting from cell phones.’” Read more

Jul 17, 2015

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of negligible senescence: insight from the sea urchin

Posted by in category: life extension

An interesting paper about Urchins and how some species effectively do not age (like some lobsters) by expressing telomerase.

Note the researcher makes the classic mistake about telomere biology not understanding the correlation between a short lived species which has longer telomeres and one that has negligible senescence and considerably shorter telomeres. The same applies to mice and men, mice have much longer telomeres than us but live about 3 years max.

The frequently made misconception about telomeres is that telomere length defines or causes aging, it does not. An organism’s telomere length has little to do with how long it lives or how fast it ages. People often point out, some animals, such as mice, have long telomeres and a short lifespan, while other animals, such as humans, have much shorter telomeres but longer lifespan.

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Jul 17, 2015

Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

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

Irina Conboy is making some amazing advances in aging and rejuvenation research at Berkley. The Conboy lab has been steadily making progress in regenerative medicine and is potentially a few years from having something viable in terms of regenerative medicine. It would be amazing if the community could get behind a single breakthrough project like Irina is working on and making sure this technology arrives soon.

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Jul 17, 2015

The Future of Synthetic Biology: Reading and Writing DNA Using Nanopores

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

By using nanopores to read and write DNA, we’re beginning to unlock the mysteries of our own biology! — B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder.

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Jul 17, 2015

High-res image of Pluto’s moon Charon shows strange depressed mountain

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We’re getting even crisper images of Pluto’s largest moon Charon. NASA just released the first high-resolution photograph of a section of Charon’s surface, zeroing in on a feature that looks like a…

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Jul 17, 2015

A Researcher Made an Organic Computer Using Four Wired-Together Rat Brains

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

The internet of brains is here.

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Jul 16, 2015

NASA seeking to unlock secrets of longevity

Posted by in categories: life extension, space

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket with NASA CRS 7 Dragon launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida photo credit Carleton Bailie SpaceFlight Insider.

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Jul 16, 2015

EnChroma: An Accidental Discovery Cures Color Blindness

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

California firm EnChroma has accidentally stumbled upon a cure for color-blindness. Here’s the story behind a life-changing pair of smart glasses.

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