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Nov 21, 2018

Infectious ‘Prions’ Found in the Eyes of Patients with Fatal Brain Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

People with the rare and fatal brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) show signs of the disease in their eyes, according to a new study.

The study found evidence of prions — the infectious proteins that cause the disease — in the eyes of nearly a dozen patients with CJD.

The findings suggest that patients’ eyes could potentially provide a “window” to the brain that may help researchers diagnose the disease early, if new eye tests are developed. [’Eye’ Can’t Look: 9 Eyeball Injuries That Will Make You Squirm].

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Nov 21, 2018

Longevity Therapeutics Summit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

On January 29–31, 2019, the Longevity Therapeutics Summit is happening at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California. The conference is a great networking opportunity with some leading names in aging research giving talks during the event.

This will be a two-day conference plus a pre-conference workshop hosted by our good friend Kelsey Moody from Ichor Therapeutics. During the workshop, Kelsey will be giving his personal insights into launching and developing a successful biotech company, particularly the challenges faced in the field of rejuvenation biotechnology. This is sure to be a highly informative workshop and well worth your time, especially if you are interested in launching your own company in this field, but even if you are not, it may still prove interesting to learn about this challenging industry.

This conference aims at bringing together leading figures in biology, biotechnology, omics, investment, and other fields in order to discuss how to further accelerate progress in aging research so that the time between basic research and clinical use is as short as possible.

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Nov 21, 2018

Four Blind People Go Home With New Bionic Eyes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

Bionic Vision Technologies, a firm based in Australia, has announced that its bionic eye system has been used to restore a “sense of sight” to four completely blind people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa. The findings from the study, which was performed at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, were presented at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Scientific meeting.

Unlike previous studies of the technology that were limited to in-lab use, the four patients were able to use the system in their everyday environments.

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Nov 21, 2018

This Startup Is Helping Build China’s Panopticon

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

The company will have to wrestle more seriously with ethical questions as it expands into new industries and countries. These include Japan, where it’s making road-tracking software to help steer driverless Hondas, and the U.S., where its New Jersey health lab is developing cancer detection software. It’s also working to bring interactive games to livestreamers in Southeast Asia, teaming up with the popular app Bigo.

SenseTime, the world’s most valuable AI startup, aims to bring its smarter-cameras-everywhere model, well, everywhere.

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Nov 20, 2018

A New Gadget Turns Plastic Waste Into Tools Astronauts Need

Posted by in category: space

The Refabricator could help extend our reach into space.

It’s already being put to the test aboard the ISS.

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Nov 20, 2018

How well do you know your Filipino-made satellites?

Posted by in category: satellites

We have compiled all the information you need to know about the Diwata-1 & 2 and the Maya-1. Click each photo to know more! #Diwata #Maya #dostPH

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Nov 20, 2018

The life cycle of a neutron star

Posted by in category: cosmology

When a massive star somewhere in our galaxy runs out of fuel, it collapses and explodes in a supernova.

The death of that star is the birth of a neutron star: one of the densest known objects in the universe:

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Nov 20, 2018

Space Station Crew Discusses 20 Years of Operations

Posted by in categories: engineering, space

Twenty years ago today, construction began on the greatest international science and engineering project in human history — the International Space Station. In case you missed it, we celebrated the occasion by talking to the crew currently living and working in space. Take a look: #SpaceStation20th

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Nov 20, 2018

Image of the Day

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps.

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Nov 20, 2018

Lasers may help experts understand cancer

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

Scientists in Fife are investigating if tiny lasers could be used to better understand diseases such as cancer.

Using nano-technology, the St Andrews University experts created lasers small enough to fit inside live cells which can then be tracked.

With a diameter of a thousandth of a millimetre, the lasers can be inserted into neurons or immune cells.

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