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Dec 6, 2016

Tests confirm Germany’s massive nuclear fusion machine really works

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Last year, scientists started up a new type of massive nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, known as a stellarator.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany, injected a tiny amount of hydrogen and heated it until it became plasma, effectively mimicking conditions inside the sun.

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Dec 6, 2016

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, finance, particle physics, robotics/AI

Money makes the world go round, or so they say. Payments, investments, insurance and billions of transactions are the beating heart of a fractal economy, which echoes the messy complexity of natural systems, such as the growth of living organisms and the bouncing of atoms.

Financial systems are larger than the sum of their parts. The underlying rules that govern them might seem simple, but what surfaces is dynamic, chaotic and somehow self-organizing. And the blood that flows through this fractal heartbeat is data.

Today, 2.5 exabytes of data are being produced daily. That number is expected to grow to 44 zettabytes a day by 2020 (Source: GigaOm). This data, along with interconnectivity, correlation, predictive analytics and machine learning, provides the foundation for our AI-powered future.

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Dec 6, 2016

Futuristic Urban Droneport could act as a hub for drone deliveries

Posted by in categories: drones, sustainability

Architect Saúl Ajuria Fernández designed Urban Droneport, an hub for delivery drones, as part of his master’s degree at Universidad de Alcalá.

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Dec 6, 2016

‘Spooky’ sightings in crystal point to extremely rare quantum spin liquid

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Inside a new exotic crystal, physicist Martin Mourigal has observed strong indications of “spooky” action, and lots of it. The results of his experiments, if corroborated over time, would mean that the type of crystal is a rare new material that can house a quantum spin liquid.

Currently, only a small handful of materials are believed to possibly have these properties. This new crystal was synthesized for the first time only a year ago. Corroboration by other physicists of Mourigal’s newly produced experimental data could take a decade or longer.

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Dec 6, 2016

CellAge: Targeting Senescent Cells With Synthetic Biology

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

The fourth Lifespan.io campaign and CellAge are using synthetic biology to create an accurate aging biomarker for senescent cells and a new therapy for precision targeting of those problem cells. Senescent cells are one of the processes of aging and this could change the way we age.


Lifespan.io is proud to present our fourth rejuvenation biotechnology project!

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Dec 6, 2016

Hawaii among top states in U.S. for hydrogen fuel cell projects

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, transportation

The report highlighted key programs and policies in the state including the state Legislature authorizing $1.25 million in bonds to design the refueling infrastructure for the Department of Transportation airport shuttle bus project.

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that uses hydrogen and oxygen from the air to produce electricity, with water and heat as its by-products. Hydrogen can come from fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane or renewable fuels including gas from an anaerobic digester or landfill. Hydrogen can also be produced by water electrolysis, which can be powered by electricity from renewables such as solar or wind or from nuclear energy and the grid.

Other top states for hydrogen and fuel cells include California, Connecticut and New York.

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Dec 6, 2016

A New Aging Discovery Could Allow Humans to Extend Their Lifespan

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

In Brief

  • By observing the transparent cells of roundworms, researchers have uncovered a link between lifespan and the natural cellular process of RNA splicing.
  • This research could lead to new breakthroughs in anti-aging treatments that would allow humans to indefinitely keep ourselves healthy, stalling death for as long as possible.

Though aging seems like one of the most natural things, an affair common to all living creatures, the process is actually poorly understood by scientists. A new study detailed in Nature aims to shed light on the phenomenon as a research team led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has uncovered a relationship between lifespan and RNA splicing, a core function of cells that allows a single gene to produce a variety of proteins.

The researchers already knew that mutations in RNA splicing could lead to disease, but they wanted to find out if the act of splicing itself had an impact on the aging process. To find out, they designed experimental setups using the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, which show visible signs of aging during their short three-week lifespan.

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Dec 5, 2016

New blow for ‘supersymmetry’ physics theory

Posted by in categories: futurism, particle physics

In a new blow for the futuristic “supersymmetry” theory of the universe’s basic anatomy, experts reported fresh evidence Monday of subatomic activity consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics.

New data from ultra high-speed proton collisions at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) showed an exotic particle dubbed the “beauty quark” behaves as predicted by the Standard Model, said a paper in the journal Nature Physics.

Previous attempts at measuring the beauty quark’s rare transformation into a so-called “up quark” had yielded conflicting results. That prompted scientists to propose an explanation beyond the Standard Model—possibly supersymmetry.

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Dec 5, 2016

Scientists Just Used CRISPR to Treat a Horrible Genetic Disorder in Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Hemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death from even the slightest cut.

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Dec 5, 2016

Video: How will we get to Alpha Centauri? Researchers work on an antimatter drive

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

The scientists who support Project Blue are already thinking about how future explorers could get to the planets around Alpha Centauri.

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