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Aug 31, 2017

Does Dark Energy Change Over Time?

Posted by in category: cosmology

Scientists are considering whether the mysterious “force” accelerating the universe’s expansion changes with time.

Of late there’s been some scientific ado over a small but notable conflict in measurements of the universe’s expansion rate. The present rate, called the Hubble constant or H0 (pronounced “H-naught”), connects the redshift in an object’s spectra to its physical distance. It also tells us the universe’s age and size, as well as the density required to make the universe geometrically flat.

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Aug 31, 2017

Meet the $2,800 Amazon Alexa-powered robot that can order you a pizza

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

An Amazon Alexa-powered humanoid robot could be wheeling its way to a home near you.

Chinese technology firm Qihan launched the Sanbot Nano on Thursday equipped with Amazon’s voice assistant that is featured in its Echo speaker.

The 2.7 foot robot will go on sale in October for $2,800, and will be available in English and German. Those are the languages that Alexa currently understands.

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Aug 31, 2017

Untangling Alzheimer’s: From Beta to Inflammation to Tau

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

If there was a poster child of aging diseases, it would be Alzheimer’s disease. The brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have deposits of amyloids resulting from the loss of proteostasis. Alzheimer’s disease is accompanied by the presence of amyloid beta protein and tau protein as well as large numbers of activated pro-inflammatory immune cells.

The debate about which is primary has raged for many years in the research world, and it is still not clear how these three elements combine to cause disease progression. A new study has attempted to untangle the mystery and suggests the order is beta amyloid, inflammation, then tau, and this study identifies new targets for therapies[1].

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Aug 31, 2017

This Technology is Turning Scientific Data into Music

Posted by in category: media & arts

After all everything in this universe is just music!!

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Aug 31, 2017

Burning Man keeps Silicon Valley fired up

Posted by in category: media & arts

Unlike other festivals, everyone at Burning Man is expected to participate. With no vendors, attendees have to rely on each other’s skills and their own packing to survive. Drugs, art, music and orgy tents encourage Burners to push boundaries, just as start-ups defy laws and cultural norms.

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Aug 30, 2017

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Posted by in category: space travel

To get us to Mars and beyond, a team of students from around the world has a plan involving lunar rovers mining ice and a space station between the Earth and the moon.

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Aug 30, 2017

Researchers Develop Microscopic RFID Chip to Embed in Human Cells

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

The smallest chip the team has developed so far measures 22 microns (about a fifth the thickness of a human hair), which they plan to test reading with a specialized RFID interrogator.

By Claire Swedberg

Tags: Health Care, Innovation, Sensors

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Aug 30, 2017

Hyperloop WARR pod run to 201 mph (324 km/h) in 0.8 mile near vacuum tube

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

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Aug 30, 2017

A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth this Friday

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on 1 September.

Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet on Friday – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

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Aug 30, 2017

Great going everyone

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

Fantastic momentum so far on the MouseAge campaign, which raised over 10% of its goal on the first day! To learn more about how we are speeding up research and helping reduce animal suffering vist the campaign page:

https://www.lifespan.io/campaigns/mouseage-photographic-aging-clock-in-mice

A big thanks to Elena Milova, Thomas Klauset Aurdal, Jim Mellon (Juvenescence), James Joyce, Emanuele Ascani, Louie Helm, Martin Kleman, William DeVore, John D Gauchat, Peter Svensson, Poly Mamoshina, Felix Weimer, Reason (Fight Aging), Gennady Stolyarov (US Transhumanist Party). Alexey Strygin, Aleksandr Popov, Lars Christensen, Matthew Clarke and our Anonymous donors!

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