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Jul 27, 2021

TAME Q&A: Lessons for Progress on Aging | Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein School of Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, genetics, life extension, nanotechnology

More TAME! The first part of this has a lot of result data.

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Jul 27, 2021

Neanderthal-like ‘mini-brains’ created in lab with CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, neuroscience

“It’s an extraordinary paper with some extraordinary claims,” says Gray Camp, a developmental biologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, whose lab last year reported2 growing brain organoids that contained a gene common to Neanderthals and humans. The latest work takes the research further by looking at gene variants that humans lost in evolution. But Camp remains sceptical about the implications of the results, and says the work opens more questions that will require investigation.

Humans are more closely related to Neanderthals and Denisovans than to any living primate, and some 40% of the Neanderthal genome can still be found spread throughout living humans. But researchers have limited means to study these ancient species’ brains — soft tissue is not well preserved, and most studies rely on inspecting the size and shape of fossilized skulls. Knowing how the species’ genes differ from humans’ is important because it helps researchers to understand what makes humans unique — especially in our brains.

The researchers, led by Alysson Muotri, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, used the genome-editing technique CRISPR–Cas9 to introduce the Neanderthal and Denisovan form of a gene called NOVA1 into human pluripotent stem cells, which can develop into any cell type. They cultured these to form organoids, clumps of brain-like tissue, up to 5 millimetres across, alongside normal human brain organoids for comparison.

Jul 27, 2021

NASA confirms meteor traveling over 30,000 mph exploded over Texas

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Skygazers believe they saw a meteor streak across the Texas sky Sunday night.

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Update 3:30 p.m. EDT July 26: NASA Meteor Watch confirmed what hundreds of eyewitnesses across the Midwest already knew, that a fireball seen streaking across the night sky was a meteor.

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Jul 26, 2021

NASA’s Fermi Spots a Weird Pulse of High-Energy Radiation Racing Toward Earth

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On August 26, 2020, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a pulse of high-energy radiation that had been racing toward Earth for nearly half the present age of the universe. Lasting only about a second, it turned out to be one for the record books – the shortest gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the death of a massive star ever seen.

GRBs are the most powerful events in the universe, detectable across billions of light-years. Astronomers classify them as long or short based on whether the event lasts for more or less than two seconds. They observe long bursts in association with the demise of massive stars, while short bursts have been linked to a different scenario.

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Jul 26, 2021

‘Galileo Project’ will search for evidence of extraterrestrial life from the technology it leaves behind

Posted by in category: alien life

The search for extraterrestrial technology is “daring to look through new telescopes.”

Avi Loeb is heading a new project which will search for extraterrestrial technological signatures that could prove there is life beyond Earth.

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Jul 26, 2021

Russia unveils Sukhoi Checkmate, new light fighter jet

Posted by in categories: computing, military

Russia has unveiled the Sukhoi Checkmate, a new fifth-generation fighter jet intended to supplement the Su-57 and conquer the international market.

A mockup of the aircraft was presented in a grand ceremony on the opening day of the MAKS airshow in Moscow on July 20, 2021.

“We have been working on the project for just slightly longer than one year. Such a fast development cycle was possible only with the help of advanced computer technologies and virtual testing,” Yuri Slyusar, CEO of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), said at the event.

Jul 26, 2021

Health tech goes for the silver lining in China’s ‘silver economy’

Posted by in categories: business, economics, health

Now businesses, start-ups and their backers are eyeing an even bigger bonanza in the form of the next generation of seniors. The market opportunities will shift to the development of products and services through a greater adoption of emerging technology to provide preventive health care, and help people to live in their homes for longer, plus increase independence and well being.

Opportunities in China’s elderly health care will shift to the development of tech-based products and services to help people live longer in their homes and increase their independence and well being.

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Jul 26, 2021

Philip Morris International CEO says cigarettes should be banned and the company will stop selling Marlboros in the UK within a decade

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Jacek Olczak compared cigarettes to gas-powered cars, which are set to be barred from being sold in the UK starting in 2030.

Jul 26, 2021

Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against COVID-19 Delta variant: study

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Those who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine are 88% protected against severe cases of then Delta variant — now the dominant coronavirus strain in the US — according to one new s…

Jul 26, 2021

A magnetic helmet shrunk a deadly tumor in its first test

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

We’ve seen helmets and AI that can spot brain tumors, but a new hard hat can actually treat them, too.

As part of the latest neurological breakthrough, researchers used a helmet that generates a magnetic field to shrink a deadly tumor by a third. The 53-year-old patient who underwent the treatment ultimately died due to an unrelated injury, but an autopsy of his brain showed that the procedure had removed 31% of the tumor mass in a short time. The test marked the first noninvasive therapy for a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.

The helmet features three rotating magnets connected to a microprocessor-based electronic controller operated by a rechargeable battery. As part of the therapy, the patient wore the device for five weeks at a clinic and then at home with the help of his wife. The resulting magnetic field therapy created by the helmet was administered for two hours initially and then ramped up to a maximum of six hours per day. During the period, the patient’s tumor mass and volume shrunk by nearly a third, with shrinkage appearing to correlate with the treatment dose.

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