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Apr 18, 2020

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Study estimates a more than 50-fold increase in coronavirus infections compared to official cases, but experts have raised concerns about the reliability of antibody kits.

Apr 18, 2020

Aubrey de Grey on the need of getting policymakers in the crusade against aging (March 2020)

Posted by in category: life extension

Cuenta con S/T en Español.

Aubrey de Grey during a panel discussion organized by the Foresight Institute, tells the importance of getting policymakers on board to further propel the crusade against aging and death.

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Apr 18, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak? No Worries, Nanotechnology Is There to Help!

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

Many researchers from all around the world have joined forces to fight the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that very recently originated in Wuhan, China. As always, nanotechnology does have a solution for almost every problem we face, including now-struggling global health: a nanoparticle-based coronavirus vaccine was successfully developed.

Apr 18, 2020

How did the Bubonic Plague make the Italian Renaissance possible?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, food

The Black Death (1347−1350) was a pandemic that devastated the populations of Europe and Asia. The plague was an unprecedented human tragedy in Italy. It not only shook Italian society but transformed it. The Black Death marked an end of an era in Italy, its impact was profound, and it resulted in wide-ranging social, economic, cultural and religious changes.[1] These changes, directly and indirectly, led to the emergence of the Renaissance, one of the greatest epochs for art, architecture, and literature in human history.

The Impact of the Plague of Italy

To Black Death spread to Italy from modern-day Russia. Genoese merchants spread the plague while fleeing a Mongol attack on their trading post in Crimea. The plague was carried and spread by the fleas that lived on the Black Rat and brought to Italy on the Genoese ships.[2] The population of Italy was ill prepared for the spread of the disease. There had been a series of famine and food shortages in the region, and the population was weak and vulnerable to disease, and furthermore, the population did not have any natural resistance to the disease. Italy was the most urbanized society in Europe, Milan, Rome, Florence, and other Italian centers among the largest on the continent.[3].

Apr 18, 2020

Podcast #44: The Post Covid-19 Future, Part 1, Urban and Social Issues with Cindy Frewen

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

“If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.”–Irwin Redlener.

Apr 18, 2020

How Data Is Critical to Engineering Antibodies to Block COVID-19

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Shahrad Daraeikia, Jack Wang, and Dr. Jean-Philippe Buerckert sit down together with Harry Glorikian at MoneyBall Medicine to talk about our ultra rapid antibody discovery race to a cure for COVID19.


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Apr 18, 2020

What Will The World Look Like After the Corona Virus?

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

Hey all! I hope you are doing fine despite the coronavirus outbreak! I have just made a video about what the world will look like immediately after the coronavirus outbreak. If this is interesting to you, please check it out!


Ever wondered what the world will look like after the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic is over? In this video, I go over how our society could change for years or even decades to come after the corona virus pandemic is over. Topics I talk about include how religion, education, lifestyle, and automation after the pandemic.

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Apr 18, 2020

9 benefits of hemp seeds: Nutrition, health, and use

Posted by in category: health

Hemp seeds are small, brown seeds from the Cannabis sativa plant. They have a rich nutritional profile, with high concentrations of protein and healthful fatty acids. Wide-ranging research suggests that the seeds may reduce symptoms of specific ailments. Learn more about the benefits of hemp seeds here.

Apr 18, 2020

Project in Morocco combines hemp and solar to go totally off grid

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

A team of organizations has completed construction of a ground-breaking eco-building in Morocco that combines hemp construction with a high-tech solar energy system for total independence from the electrical grid.

The SUNIMPLANT project, designed as a single-family dwelling, was created as an entrant in the recent “Solar Decathlon” organized by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco’s Centre de recherche en Energie solaire et Energies nouvelles. The biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and construct solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was hosted in Ben Guerir, Morocco, the first time the competition has been held on the African continent.

“This ‘space-ship’ is advanced in time and reflects a turn not only in North Africa but in hemp construction, which doesn’t have comparable prototypes anywhere in the world,” said Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder who led the project.

Apr 18, 2020

How Cannabis Cleans Up Nuclear Radiation And Toxic Soil

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, government

Europe’s largest steel mill is in the city of Taranto in southern Italy. In its heyday, the ILVA steel plant produced more than 10 million tons of steel every year—about 40 percent of all the steel made in Italy—and it currently employs about 12,000 people.

This is no small deal in an area where unemployment is north of 20 percent; indeed, the local economy of Taranto, population 200,000, is almost entirely dependent on the steel mill —which is also one of the biggest and most deadly polluters of anywhere in the Mediterranean.

The plant is a notorious source of dioxin, and dust from the plant is believed to be the reason why Taranto has a lung cancer rate 30 percent higher than the national average. It’s so toxic that farmers have been forbidden from raising livestock within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant; in 2008, the government ordered the slaughter of thousands of sheep and other animals that were found to have excessively high levels of dioxin.