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Jun 12, 2018

Is Inflammaging Started by Microbial Burden?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Today we are going to take a look at the emerging theory that inflammaging, a chronic, age-related background of inflammation, is caused by alterations to the populations of intestinal microbes.

What is inflammaging?

Inflammaging is a term coined to describe the chronic, smoldering background of inflammation that accompanies the aging process. It is constant, low-grade inflammation that interferes with stem cell mobility, cellular communication, and the immune system’s ability to operate correctly.

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Jun 12, 2018

Living Forever The Secret to Not Aging

Posted by in category: life extension

While we’re not off the hook for paying taxes, Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes that we may be able to avoid (or at least prolong) our until-now inevitable mortality.

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Jun 12, 2018

Why fascism is so tempting — and how your data could power it

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, energy, holograms

In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism — and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. “The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy,” Harari says. “It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don’t become weapons.” (Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)

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Jun 11, 2018

What If The Universe Stopped Expanding?

Posted by in category: space

What if all the galaxies, stars, planets — everything — stopped moving away from everything else? #WhatIf

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Jun 11, 2018

Transhumanist Technologies to Live Forever, Become Bionic and Build a Better Political System with Zoltan Istvan

Posted by in category: transhumanism

My new 45 minute interview out on #transhumanism via Fringe FM:


Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (@zoltan_istvan) is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who ran for President of the United States in 2016 to raise awareness for transhumanism. In 2017, Istvan announced his intent to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party – see his website: zoltanistvan.com for more.

Formerly a reporter for the National Geographic Channel, Istvan now writes futurist, transhumanist, libertarian and secular themed articles for major publications including Vice’s Motherboard, Wired, The Huffington Post., TechCrunch and Newsweek. Istvan also regularly appears on television and video channels discussing futurist topics and is one of the world’s most influential transhumanists – believing transhumanism will grow into a mainstream social movement in the next decade.

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Jun 11, 2018

Lasik’s Risks Are Coming Into Sharper Focus

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Some patients who undergo the eye surgery report a variety of side effects. They may persist for years, studies show.

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Jun 11, 2018

Drug-free bandage heals diabetic wounds faster

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Because diabetics often have both nerve damage and poor circulation, they will often not notice when they receive skin wounds, which proceed to heal very slowly. Those wounds can thus become chronic, sometimes even leading to amputations. A new regenerative bandage, however, could help keep this from happening.

Led by Prof. Guillermo Ameer, a team from Illinois’ Northwestern University started with a protein known as laminin. Found in the skin and most of the body’s other tissues, it communicates with cells, prompting them to differentiate, migrate and adhere to one another.

The scientists were able to identify a specific segment of the protein, which plays a key role in the wound-healing process. That segment is made up of just 12 amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), and it’s called A5G81. Because A5G81 is so much smaller and simpler than the entire laminin protein, it’s much cheaper and easier to synthesize in the lab.

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Jun 11, 2018

Intel is now capable of producing full silicon wafers of quantum computing chips

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Last year, Intel was able to take a few steps forward towards the commercialization of quantum computing. A 17-qubit superconducting chip was built followed by CEO Brian Krzanich showing off a test chip at CES 2018 with 49 qubits.

Unlike previous quantum efforts at Intel, this latest batch of wafers are focusing on spin qubits instead of superconducting qubits. This secondary technology is still a few years behind superconducting quantum efforts but could turn out to be more easily scalable.

Moving forward, Intel now has the capability to produce up to five silicon wafers every week containing up to 26-qubit quantum chips. This achievement means that Intel has greatly increased the number of quantum devices in existence and could be looking to increase the number of qubits steadily in the coming years.

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Jun 11, 2018

Evidence for a new property of quantum matter revealed

Posted by in category: quantum physics

A theorized but never-before detected property of quantum matter has now been spotted in the lab, a team of scientists reports.

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Jun 11, 2018

This Innovative Technology Harvests Water from Cooling Towers

Posted by in category: innovation

Water-scarce cities could get a new source of the precious resource through a simple and cost-effective technology.

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