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Sep 5, 2019

LEAF | Life Extension Advocacy Foundation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Our mission is to promote the advancement of biomedical technologies which will increase healthy human lifespan.

Sep 5, 2019

World’s first anti-aging trial gets green-light

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A 5 year study. In recent years it has been shown to extend the lives of nematodes (or roundworms) by 57% and mice by 6%. In humans, claims abound that metformin-takers are living longer, having fewer cardiovascular episodes and seeing reduced odds of getting cancer.

Groundbreaking TAME trial, which directly targets aging as an endpoint, finally begins this November, reveals lead clinician Dr Nir Barzilai.

Sep 5, 2019

SpaceX Working With NASA to Find Mars Landing Sites for Starship

Posted by in category: space travel

Space historian Robert Zimmerman came across images, with the labels “Candidate Landing Site for SpaceX Starship,” in data from the NASA orbiter.

The images of the Martian surface were taken by a high-res camera system called HiRISE onboard the orbiter, and uploaded to the University of Arizona’s website, the institution responsible for operating the camera.

SpaceX’s search for a landing site dates back to 2017, according to Teslarati. Over the past two years, the company has narrowed its search to a massive plains region called Arcadia Planitia. Five of the six potential landing sites shown in the new images are inside this zone.

Sep 5, 2019

Amazon Wants You to Pay for Things With Your Handprint

Posted by in category: futurism

It’s a bit harder to replace than a stolen credit card if something goes wrong, though.

Sep 5, 2019

IBM releases quantum computing textbook and video tutorials

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Programming a quantum computer is a rather different discipline than programming on traditional computers.

Sep 5, 2019

Deepfake Voice Used to Steal Over $240,000 in AI-Powered Heist

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

An AI-powered deepfake voice was just used in a money heist.

Sep 5, 2019

Einstein’s general relativity reveals new features of a pulsar

Posted by in category: space

Measurements that rely on the physicist’s theory of gravity are letting astronomers view a pulsar in ‘a whole new way.’

Sep 5, 2019

Stretching proteins with magnetic tweezers

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Physicists at LMU have developed a highly sensitive method for measuring the mechanical stability of protein conformations, and used it to monitor the early steps in the formation of blood clots.

As the central mediators of cell function in biological organisms, proteins are involved in the execution of virtually all cellular processes. They provide the internal scaffolding that gives cells their form, and enable cells to dynamically alter their morphology. They transport substrates back and forth across membranes, and they catalyze most of the that take place in cells. In the course of these tasks many proteins are subjected to external forces. Indeed, some “mechanosensitive” proteins effectively measure the strength of the forces acting upon them and are activated when the imposed exceeds a given threshold value. Von Willebrand Factor (VWF), which initiates the formation of blood clots, is an important representative of this class.

The mechanical forces required to activate proteins like VWF are often so small that their magnitude could not be determined using existing methods. Now, a team of scientists led by LMU physicists Dr. Martin Benoit and Professor Jan Lipfert has developed a much more sensitive procedure. Their “magnetic tweezers” can quantify forces that are 100 times smaller than the commonly used alternative method currently available. As Lipfert and colleagues report in the journal PNAS, they have employed the technique to observe the unfolding of the VWF protein under the influence of low mechanical forces.

Sep 5, 2019

Former NASA Engineer and Virgin Galactic Instructor Says World Needs Global Tools Like Bitcoin

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, space travel

Former NASA engineer and Bitcoin advocate Beth Moses says she got a birds-eye view of humanity from outer space when she became the world’s first woman commercial astronaut earlier this year. Part of a three-person flight team, Moses soared 55.87 miles (89.9 kilometers) into orbit as a “test passenger” aboard Virgin Galactic’s second spaceflight on February 22.

An early proponent of Bitcoin, she began mining BTC after she read Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper in 2013. As Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor and interiors program manager, Moses believes global tools can solve critical problems.

Says Moses, in a recent report by Forbes.

Sep 5, 2019

NBC & Phil Noyce Plan Cryonics Drama

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

NBC is developing an untitled cryonics-themed project which hails from writer and executive producer David Slack and filmmaker Phillip Noyce who will direct the pilot and executive produce.

Sony Television produces the series which follows an enigmatic billionaire who has gathered more than 250 people who attempt to cheat death by undergoing cryogenic suspension in hopes that a future breakthrough would someday allow them to be brought back to life.

However, as these people from different moments in time wake up, they soon realise you can’t cheat death without paying a price. Josh Berman and Chris King will also serve as executive producer. Noyce also helmed the pilots of and executive produced ABC’s “Revenge” and FOX’s “The Resident”.