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Dec 14, 2016

IBM’s Watson supercomputer discovers 5 new genes linked to ALS

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, robotics/AI, supercomputing

IBM Watson is known for its work in identifying cancer treatments and beating contestants on Jeopardy! But now the computing system has expertise in a new area of research: neuroscience.

Watson discovered five genes linked to ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, IBM announced on Wednesday. The tech company worked with researchers at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The discovery is Watson’s first in any type of neuroscience, and suggests that Watson could make discoveries in research of other neurological diseases.

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Dec 14, 2016

Inexpensive Diabetes Drug May Be New Weapon in War on Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Sometimes a drug intended for one purpose turns out to have other uses. Metformin, a treatment for type 2 diabetes, may prove effective in treating cancer.

Researchers are a step closer to figuring out how metformin may help prevent cancer.

Metformin is generally used to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug helps the body use insulin more effectively.

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Dec 14, 2016

NASA scientist warns Earth is due for an ‘extinction-level event’

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

In news certain to take the bounce out of your step, a NASA scientist says Earth is due for an “extinction-level” event that we basically would have no way of stopping.

Dr. Joseph Nuth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center rang the alarm Monday in San Francisco, New York Magazine reports. The comet that spelled disaster for the dinosaurs hit 65 million years ago, and Nuth said the massive asteroids and comets that could wipe out civilization usually strike “50 to 60 million years apart,” making such an event overdue.

In 2014, scientists first spotted a large comet barreling toward Mars just 22 months before it came perilously close to hitting the planet. That wasn’t enough time to do anything, Nuth said, proof that “the biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment.” To prevent a catastrophic event, Nuth suggests NASA create a rocket that can go in storage, ready to be used if a huge comet comes our way. “It could mitigate the possibility of a sneaky asteroid coming in from a place that’s hard to observe, like from the sun,” Nuth said. The way 2016 has gone so far, you might want to start scanning the sky. Catherine Garcia.

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Dec 14, 2016

Ashes of the Singularity Cinematic Intro

Posted by in category: singularity

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Dec 14, 2016

Amazon Conducts First Commercial Drone Delivery

Posted by in category: drones

Amazon said Wednesday it made its first customer delivery by drone, putting the online retailer in the lead to use drones as a new delivery method.

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Dec 14, 2016

Artificial intelligence has a big year ahead of it

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In 2017, AI won’t just be for the nerdy companies. Machine learning can help with mortgage applications and bridge safety, too.

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Dec 14, 2016

Trump to meet tech firms including Apple, Facebook and Google

Posted by in categories: business, employment, mobile phones, policy, robotics/AI

New article on immigration and AI in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/14/donald-tr…automation #future


All of this could be under threat if we are to take some of the comments the Trump campaign made in the run-up to the election at face value. The outspoken candidate claimed that Mark Zuckerberg’s push for specialist H1B visas (the main visa used to hire foreign talent to tech companies) was a threat to jobs for American women and minorities. Meanwhile, Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested that Asians have too much power in Silicon Valley.

About a dozen members of Silicon Valley’s elite – including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg – will meet with Trump in New York. The meeting is likely to provide an opportunity for them to highlight their concerns and priorities with the incoming administration.

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Dec 14, 2016

Can Cellular Senescence be Reversed in the Near Future, and is Reversal Desirable?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Senescent cell removal holds great potential but are all research approaches equal?


Some scientific commentary on senescent cell clearing (Senolytics) and the different approaches the research community is engaged in.

“Researchers are taking two broad approaches to cellular senescence at the present time. The first is to build therapies that can selectively destroy senescent cells, following the SENS rejuvenation model of periodic removal of damage. If the number of senescent cells is managed so as to keep that count low, then they will not cause further harm. This has the advantage of being straightforward and requiring little further research to put into practice. A range of demonstrated treatments and potential treatments already exist — gene therapies, immunotherapies, senolytic drugs, and so forth — and companies such as Oisin Biotechnologies and UNITY Biotechnology are bringing some of these technologies to the clinic.”

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Dec 14, 2016

CellAge: Senescent Cell Targeting Technology Video

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

Synthetic biology meets senolytics at Lifespan.io

We are developing tools to help researchers accurately target and remove dysfunctional cells in the body that have entered a state called “senescence”, and thereby assist in restoring it to youthful functionality. Please subscribe, share, and fund our campaign today! ►Campaign Link: https://www.lifespan.io/campaigns/cellage-targeting-senescen…c-biology/ ►Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/LifespanIO?sub_confirmation=1

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Dec 14, 2016

CellAge: Dr. Aubrey de Grey Endorsement Video

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

Dr. Aubrey de Grey from the SENS Research Foundation was kind enough to talk in support of CellAge and their campaign on Lifespan.io

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