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Feb 27, 2024

Transplanting a Gene Common in Centenarians Could Rewind The Heart’s Age by Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

We are all ultimately overtaken by age, yet for some people, the correct genes can make the journey into old age rather slow.

Italian researchers made a unique discovery regarding people who survive well into their 90s and beyond a few years ago: they frequently possess a variant of the gene BPIFB4 that guards against cardiovascular disease and maintains the heart in excellent condition for a longer period of time.

Feb 27, 2024

Swiss startup unveils the world’s first hydrogen VTOL jet

Posted by in category: transportation

Swiss startup Sirius Aviation has unveiled what it says is the world’s first hydrogen VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircraft — and an ambitious plan to have it in the air by 2025.

The challenge: Electric VTOLs (eVTOLs) are widely promoted as the next big thing in aviation, and dozens of companies developing their own versions of the vehicles — fleets of flying electric taxis planned to zip around cities and over traffic jams.

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Feb 27, 2024

Lenovo’s Project Crystal is the world’s first laptop with a transparent microLED display

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

It’s not often you encounter a device that looks like it came straight out of a movie set. But Lenovo’s Project Crystal, supposedly the world’s first laptop with a transparent microLED display, is an example of sci-fi come to life.

Currently there are no plans to turn Project Crystal into a retail product. Instead Lenovo’s latest concept device was commissioned by its ThinkPad division to explore the potential of transparent microLED panels and AI integration. The most obvious use case would be sharing info somewhere, like a doctor’s office or a hotel desk. Instead of needing to flip a screen around, you could simply reverse the display via software, allowing anyone on the other side to see it while getting an in-depth explanation.

Feb 27, 2024

Chinese philosopher’s brain frozen for science, causing stir among scholars

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension, neuroscience, science

Science and Technology: I don’t want to die.


A friend of the academic, who died in the US in 2021, says his brain has been cryonically preserved in accordance with his final wishes.

Feb 27, 2024

A Theory Says Our Universe Keeps Expanding Because It’s Eating Baby Universes

Posted by in category: futurism

We can’t stop snacking on our smaller celestial counterparts.

Feb 27, 2024

Research Roundup: Dark Energy, Scientific Censorship, and More

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

What can the night sky tell us about the expansion of the universe?

It’s a loaded question, one that researchers across the globe have been trying to answer for decades. Since 2013, they’ve been helped by the Dark Energy Survey (DES), a collaboration of more than 400 scientists at 25 institutions. At Penn, this includes Masao Sako, Arifa Hasan Ahmad and Nada Al Shoaibi Presidential Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Bhuvnesh Jain, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences; Gary Bernstein, Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics; and a handful of others from the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

In 2019, the DES finished collecting data, but analysis and discoveries continue, including one that Sako and colleagues announced recently in which they validated the “cosmic acceleration” model and dark energy’s role in it. That research is one of five recent studies detailed below, in this second iteration of Omnia’s new research roundup.

Feb 27, 2024

Philip K Dick’s handbook of narrative warfare

Posted by in category: military

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Feb 27, 2024

Tesla Model 3 wins Best Urban Electric Vehicle under $100K

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The Tesla Model 3 has raised its own benchmark by winning the 2024 Drive Car of the Year Best Urban Electric Vehicle under $100K.

Feb 27, 2024

Scientists Discover How Some Whales Can Sing While Holding Their Breath Underwater

Posted by in category: futurism

Baleen whales have evolved unique voice boxes essential for song, a new study finds—but these low-frequency vocalizations must compete with the noise of humans’ ships.

Feb 27, 2024

Delta adds another eclipse flight as companies look to capitalize on solar event

Posted by in category: futurism

Passengers who book a special Delta flight will have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse in April from a unique vantage point: 30,000 feet in the air.

The airline announced Monday that it will operate a flight on April 8 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Detroit, timed to give people on board the chance to spend as much time as possible within the eclipse’s “path of totality.”

The eclipse is expected to be a major event because it will pass over several densely populated areas of North America, crossing Mexico, the continental U.S. and a small part of eastern Canada. In the U.S. alone, millions of skywatchers from Texas to Maine will have the chance to witness the rare astronomical event.

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