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Aug 18, 2019

From centenarians’ genetic code, a potential new therapy against cardiovascular diseases

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

Some people live much longer than average, partly thanks to their DNA. A study, published in the European Heart Journal, shows that it could be possible to replicate this genetic gift even for those lacking it. The way is now open to an innovative therapy model capable of preventing and fighting cardiovascular diseases through a real rejuvenation of blood vessels.

The study, conducted by the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, the I.R.C.C.S. Multimedica and the Department of Medicine, Surgery, and Dentistry, Salerno Medical School University of Salerno, with the support of the Cariplo Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Health, focuses on the gene that encodes the BPIFB4 . In the past, the same research group had identified a variant of this gene, the so-called LAV (“longevity associated variant”), which prevails in people over 100 years of age. Now, through a , researchers have inserted the LAV-BPIFB4 gene into the DNA of animal models particularly susceptible to atherosclerosis and, consequently, to cardiovascular diseases.

“The results—says Annibale Puca, coordinator of a research team at the University of Salerno and at I.R.C.C. MultiMedica—were extremely encouraging. We observed an improvement in the functionality of the endothelium (the inner surface of blood vessels), a reduction of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries and a decrease in the inflammatory state.”

Aug 18, 2019

A Future Where Products Build Themselves

Posted by in categories: futurism, mobile phones

MIT created this self-assembling chair and cell phone.

Aug 18, 2019

YouTuber Enables Floppy Disk Games For Smartphones

Posted by in category: mobile phones

This hack lets you play floppy disk games on your smartphone.

Aug 18, 2019

How will quantum computing change the world? | The Economist

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, quantum physics

The potential for quantum computing to crack other countries’ encrypted networks has captured the attention of national governments. Which of the world’s fundamental challenges could be solved by quantum computing?

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Aug 18, 2019

The power of electromagnetic energy on breast cancer cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cancer, by nature, is a destructive force. Sometimes, it spreads, or metastasizes, to a distant body part. While some cancer cells die during this process, others might go on to create additional tumors.

The majority of treatments are ineffective at curing metastatic cancer, so it is vital to find ways to stop the cancer cells from spreading.

Researchers believe electromagnetic fields can help. While this has been a point of interest for years, it is only recently that experts have begun to unravel the mechanism.

Aug 18, 2019

Virtual reality shows potential as drug-free alternative to medication

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, virtual reality

Reluctant to pop a paracetamol for that headache? Virtual reality might offer an alternative solution.

Aug 18, 2019

AI Is About to Completely Change the Face of Entertainment

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Twenty years ago, entertainment was dominated by a handful of producers and monolithic broadcasters, a near-impossible market to break into.

And now, over 50 years later, AI is bringing stories to life like we’ve never seen before.

Converging with the rise of virtual reality and colossal virtual worlds, AI has begun to create vastly detailed renderings of dead stars, generate complex supporting characters with intricate story arcs, and even bring your favorite stars—whether Marlon Brando or Amy Winehouse—back to the big screen and into a built environment.

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Aug 17, 2019

Future of Physics

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, physics, time travel

Great discuss of time travel by Dr. Brain greene.

Aug 17, 2019

Whole Brain Emulation: A Giant Step for Neuroscience

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Machine interfaces today can link up brains to play tetris together. Like it’s not hard enough to find a place for the L-shaped block without another cerebrum trying to overrule you.

Let’s go farther: What if we could create a digital replica of your brain and upload and download it like a piece of software?

This feat, aka whole brain emulation (WBE), is still decades, perhaps more than a century away. Outside of the pure science challenge, it could make us confront some of the most daunting questions about what it means to be human, and where man ends and machine begins.

Aug 17, 2019

Gut Microbiota and Extreme Longevity

Posted by in categories: life extension, policy

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