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Oct 24, 2018

Air pollution leads to millions of ER visits for asthma attacks worldwide

Posted by in categories: health, sustainability, transportation

The new research suggests that:

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 24, 2018)— Nine to 33 million visits to the emergency room (ER) for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air polluted by ozone or fine particulate matter—pollutants that can enter the lung’s deep airways, according to a study published today.

Scientists have long known that breathing in air sullied by car emissions and other pollutants could trigger asthma attacks. However, the new study is the first to quantify air pollution’s impact on asthma cases around the globe.

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Oct 24, 2018

Mutations Accumulate in Healthy Esophageal Tissue With Age

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

Many mutations accumulate in the esophagus as we age.

Scientists at the MRC Cancer Unit of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and other departments of the University of Cambridge discovered that healthy esophageal tissue accumulates very high numbers of mutations with age, to the point that, by the time middle age is reached, it is likely to contain more cells with a particular mutation than cells without it [1].


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Oct 24, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Real Bodies Video — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, cryonics, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, science, transhumanism

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Oct 24, 2018

We are happy to announce Dr

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Judith Campisi as a speaker for the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference.

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Dr. Judith Campisi established a broad program to understand the relationship between aging and age-related disease.

Judith Campisi says: “Aging research has entered an era of unprecedented hope for interventions that can prevent, delay and, in some cases, reverse much of the functional decline that is a hallmark of aging. There is still a lot of research to be done! I am delighted to be among the speakers at Undoing Aging 2019, where I will discuss the opportunities and challenges of our recent research.”

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Oct 24, 2018

From Agriculture to Art — the A.I. Wave Sweeps In

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, food, internet, robotics/AI

Just where artificial intelligence is taking us, at what pace and along what trajectory, is uncertain. The technology, of course, is raising serious questions about its potential impact on jobs, privacy and politics.

The internet is a technology of low-cost communication and connection. Everything from email to e-commerce to social networks has hinged on the internet’s transformative role in changing the economics of communication. All those connections suddenly became both possible and cheap.

Artificial intelligence is a technology of low-cost prediction and discovery. It exploits the new resource of the digital age — vast amounts of data — to identify patterns and make predictions. Much of what A.I. does today can be thought of as a prediction. What product to recommend, what ad to show you, what image is in that picture, what move should the robot make next — all are automated predictions.

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Oct 24, 2018

China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge

Posted by in category: futurism

The $20 billion project is an amazing construction feat. But was it worth it?

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Oct 24, 2018

Google’s Calico: the War on Aging Has Truly Begun

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

To paraphrase Churchill’s words following the Second Battle of El Alamein: Google’s announcement about their new venture to extend human life, Calico, is not the end, nor even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has been enslaved by the knowledge that no lifestyle choice, no medicine, no quirk of fate can enable anyone to live for more than a few decades without suffering progressive, inexorable decline in physical and mental function, leading inevitably to death. So soul-destroying has this knowledge been, for almost everyone, that we have constructed our entire society and world view around ways to put it out of our minds, mostly by convincing ourselves that the tragedy of aging is actually a good thing. And why not? After all, why be preoccupied about something one cannot affect?

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Oct 23, 2018

6 children dead, 12 ill in virus outbreak at New Jersey facility

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Six children have died as a result of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey. Twelve additional pediatric residents at the Center have been infected, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Wanaque facility has been “instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance,” according to the health department. The timing of the infections and illnesses is not clear.

New Jersey Health Department said it’s “an ongoing outbreak investigation” and workers were at the facility Tuesday. A team at the facility on Sunday found minor handwashing deficiencies.

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Oct 23, 2018

Quatum Computing: It’s Not Just the Qubits

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics…ture=share

In his talk, Bob Sutor will discuss the basics of the quantum computing technology, the motivation for quantum computing, and the outlook for the future.


Open FinTech Forum 2018

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Oct 23, 2018

Use the patent system to regulate gene editing

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Governments should use patents to shape the deployment of CRISPR–Cas9 as they have done for past technologies, argues Shobita Parthasarathy.

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