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Dec 23, 2015

Genetic ‘intelligence networks’ discovered in the brain

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Color-coded heatmap of gradient of expression of the M1 gene network, spanning fetal development to late adulthood and expressed in distinct cortical regions (listed on right, such as primary somatosensory cortex, S1C). Most of the genes in this network express in cortical regions (indicated by red), except for the V1C (primary visual cortex), STR (striatum), CBC (cerebellar cortex), and MD (mediodorsal nucleus of thalamus) brain areas. (credit: Michael R. Johnson et al./Nature Neuroscience)

Scientists from Imperial College London have identified two clusters (“gene networks”) of genes that are linked to human intelligence. Called M1 and M3, these gene networks appear to influence cognitive function, which includes memory, attention, processing speed and reasoning.

Importantly, the scientists have discovered that these two networks are likely to be under the control of master regulator switches. The researcher want to identify those switches and see if they can manipulate them, and ultimately find out if this knowledge of gene networks could allow for boosting cognitive function.

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Dec 23, 2015

Engadget: Happy Holidays!

Posted by in category: futurism

http://www.engadget.com/2015/12/22/boston-dynamics-spot-sleigh/

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Dec 23, 2015

We are lucky to be alive

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Quoted from Richard Dawkins’ book “Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder”.The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official)

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Dec 23, 2015

Adam Alonzi interviews Edouard Debonneuil — MMTP — Major Mouse Testing Program

Posted by in categories: life extension, media & arts

I am really pleased to announce that our mouse longevity program has finally begun. We have submitted our proposal for funding to Longecity and shortly will begin fundraising so we can begin testing.

You may enjoy our brand new podcast where our project lead explains what the project is about and how we can help develop longevity interventions.

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Dec 23, 2015

Faraday Future: What if?

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

What if there was an electric car that not only helped preserve the environment — it actually made us look forward to the daily commute? What if such a car could redefine our relationship with the automobile itself? Our new short film — ‘What if?’ — explores the cleaner, better world we’re building at Faraday Future, and the big questions that drive us. http://faradayfuture.com

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Dec 23, 2015

Chip combining optics and electronics could mean faster, more energy-efficient computing

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

For the first time, researchers have used existing manufacturing technology to make a complex processor that uses energy-efficient optical connections.

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Dec 23, 2015

Milestone for Space Exploration: We Just Made Plutonium

Posted by in category: space travel

ORNL researchers successfully produced 50 gm of plutonium-238.


The quest for the stars just got a huge boost — for the first time in 27 years, the United States produced plutonium-238.

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Dec 23, 2015

Airborne innovation | The Economist

Posted by in categories: big data, business, drones, governance, satellites

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“The most successful drone firms could be those that do not make them”

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Dec 22, 2015

These robots will handwrite your holiday cards

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

How bad is your handwriting? A startup from NYC has made a robot that can write your holiday cards — legibly.

Full video » http://cnnmon.ie/1S6oFhX w/ Bond.

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Dec 22, 2015

Could you pass Astronomy 101? Take the quiz!

Posted by in category: space

How much do you know about astronauts, meteorites, planets, stars, and galaxies?

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