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Oct 3, 2017

We’re nearly ready to use CRISPR to target far more diseases

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Forget editing embryos. We’re nearly ready to use CRISPR to change DNA inside our own bodies to treat many disorders, from hepatitis B to muscular dystrophy.

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Oct 3, 2017

Ikea has debuted an indoor farm that grows greens three times faster than a garden

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, sustainability

Ikea is known for its flat-pack kitchen tables, islands, and cabinets.

Now the home furnishings retailer is experimenting with products that allow people to harvest food at home.

Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, has designed a prototype of a mini-farm that can grow greens and herbs indoors.

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Oct 3, 2017

Quantum computing rivals muster software power in new ‘arms race’

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

These recent advances in hardware have highlighted a chicken-and-egg problem: what use will quantum machines be if there is no software to run on them? That accounts for this year’s race to win over developers, who will need to learn a completely new programming approach in preparation for the future machines.


Problem is to persuade developers to make programs for machines that don’t yet exist.

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Oct 3, 2017

Tesla says it’s halfway done building the world’s biggest battery

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, sustainability, transportation

On Friday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the company was halfway done building the battery bank that will become the world’s biggest battery once it’s complete. Musk made the announcement at a party overlooking the project’s construction, ABC News Australia reported.

Tesla is building the 129-MWh battery with French energy company Neoen. The battery will be draw energy from Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm that’s 142 miles north of Adelaide. The electricity will be delivered to South Australians during peak grid times to reduce the number of blackouts in the area, which are frequent in summer months.

“The system is a big battery, a battery big enough to power 50,000 houses — the biggest in the world,” Neoen global COO Romain Desrousseaux previously told Business Insider.

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Oct 2, 2017

The Importance of Telomerase

Posted by in category: life extension

The importance of telomere length is becoming increasingly clear. BioViva Sciences is leading the way in exploring applications of this knowledge.

To learn more visit https://bioviva-science.com/

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Oct 2, 2017

Avoid Diabetes Deadly Effects by Early Action

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Want to live longer? Here’s one way.


Summary: One in four Americans with type 2 diabetes doesn’t know they have the disease. Walking around with untreated diabetes more than doubles your risk of stroke, heart attack, and early death. Add years to your life by knowing your status, and then managing the condition. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with inexpensive tablets. This article provides a two-minute online assessment, which shows if you are at risk.

Today, one in eight adult Americans has diabetes, according to the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Amazingly, one in four of them doesn’t know they have the disease. Walking around with untreated diabetes more than doubles your risk of severe health complications, including stroke, heart attack, and early death. You can add years to your life by managing type 2 diabetes, a disease which can be treated with inexpensive tablets.

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Oct 2, 2017

An Earth-Sized Space Shield to Protect Us From Solar Storms Is Less Crazy Than It Sounds

Posted by in categories: economics, particle physics, satellites

Every 100 years or so, our Sun gives off a great big belch that sends an intense wave of charged particles towards Earth. This wasn’t a problem in the past, but our high-tech civilization is now disturbingly vulnerable to these solar storms. A new study quantifies the economic risks posed by these extreme solar storms, while also proposing a super-futuristic solution to the problem: an Earth-sized shield built in outer space.

The term “solar storm” is used to identify the various nasties the Sun can hurl our way, including x-rays, charged particles, and magnetized plasma. In 1859, a series of powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs) hit our planet head on, disrupting telegraph stations and causing widespread communication outages. If we were to be hit by an equally powerful solar storm today, it would knock out satellites and electrical grids, disrupting global communications, transportation, and supply chains. Total worldwide losses could reach up to $10 trillion, with recovery taking many years.

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Oct 2, 2017

Removing Senescent Cells with Senolytics Could Help us Live Healthier and Longer Lives

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

By treating one of the root causes of aging – senescent cells – a new class of drugs, known as senolytics, has the potential to treat a wide range of age-related diseases rather than the traditional approach of dealing with them one at a time.

Today we are going to take a look at what senescent cells are, how they contribute to age-related diseases and a new review by the Mayo Clinic that shows what we can do about this problem. We all age, but the research suggests that we may not have to suffer from age-related ill health.

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Oct 2, 2017

Inktober2017: Creating Unique Artwork to Support Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, media & arts, transhumanism

A great initiative by Laura Katrin Weston one of our amazing volunteers. She is supporting research fundraising using the wonderful artwork she produces at Black Cat Studios.

Black Cat Studios is a small private recording, music production and art studio in Leicestershire, UK, providing a range of services for musicians, broadcasters, and game developers. It is really great to see the community starting to use their talents and passions outside of longevity to help support research. All proceeds will go to Lifespan.io and we will use them to support cutting-edge medical research projects such as MouseAge.

Laura will be producing artwork based on 31 themes all with a longevity or transhumanist flavor to them based on this list:

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Oct 2, 2017

Meet the Extensionists: People Who Believe Immortality Is Possible

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Leading women’s magazine Marie Claire has a feature story on life extension out this month (approx 1.5 million circulation):


Forget about life after death. More and more, women around the country are seeking another kind of miracle: not dying at all.

What if you could hit the pause button on aging? Live to 120 without feeling a day over 80? More radical still, what if you could cheat death? Would you do it?

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