Page 7375

Jan 4, 2019

Scientists Fix a Crucial Photosynthesis ‘Glitch’, Boosting Crop Growth

Posted by in category: food

Scientists have fixed a natural flaw in photosynthesis, and as a result have boosted plant productivity by an incredible 40 percent compared to wild relatives.

Photosynthesis is the chemical reaction that lets plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into food, and this new hack could result in enough calories to help feed another 200 million people on our planet, from the same volume of crops.

As of now, the fix has only been applied to tobacco plants, so we’re a long way off using this to boost our food supply. But it’s an incredibly promising first step.

Continue reading “Scientists Fix a Crucial Photosynthesis ‘Glitch’, Boosting Crop Growth” »

Jan 4, 2019

‎Peter Morgan‎ to Lifeboat Foundation

Posted by in category: lifeboat

Read more

Jan 4, 2019

The 2018 Good Tech Awards

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, government, robotics/AI, transportation

It’s true that this was a horrible year for many of the tech industry’s biggest companies. Amazon held a nationwide beauty pageant for its new headquarters, raising hopes that the company would help transform a struggling city, then picked the two places that needed it the least. Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter got hauled before Congress to apologize for * gestures wildly in all directions*. One of Uber’s self-driving cars killed someone. And then there was Elon Musk.

But the tech sector is more than its giants.

Last year, I handed out “good tech” awards to a handful of companies, nonprofit organizations and people who used technology to help others in real, tangible ways. The goal was to shine a spotlight on a few less-heralded projects that may not get front-page headlines or billions of dollars in funding, but are actually trying to fulfill the tech industry’s stated goal of improving the world.

Continue reading “The 2018 Good Tech Awards” »

Jan 3, 2019

Shocking the Brain Is the Future of Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Brain stimulation, also known as neural modulation, is emerging as a promising treatment for a wide range of diseases from depression to chronic pain to epilepsy.

Read more

Jan 3, 2019

DNA-testing company 23andMe has signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here’s how to delete your data if that freaks you out

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Popular spit-in-a-tube genetics-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe can — and frequently do — sell your data to drugmakers. But on Wednesday, one of those partnerships became much more explicit, when the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced it was acquiring a $300 million stake in 23andMe.

As part of a four-year deal between the two companies, GlaxoSmithKline will comb 23andMe’s genetic data to look for new drugs to develop, also referred to as drug targets. It will also use the genetic data to inform how patients are selected for clinical trials.

If that news has you thinking about how your own genetic material is being used for research, know that though the DNA you submit to these services is ostensibly anonymized, leaks can happen, and privacy advocates say that such incidents could allow your data to find its way elsewhere, perhaps without your knowledge.

Continue reading “DNA-testing company 23andMe has signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here’s how to delete your data if that freaks you out” »

Jan 3, 2019

Brain Autopilot: The Brain’s Default Mode

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Your brain has an autopilot mode.

Read more

Jan 3, 2019

An Interview with Dr. Leonid Peshkin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

In this interview, Dr. Leonid Peshkin offers insights on aging, the pitfalls of excessive optimism, and the role of machine learning in studying age-related disease.

Determined but not complacent, grounded but hopeful, Dr. Leonid Peshkin is one of the scientists working on understanding aging so that it may one day be treated like we treat any other ailment.

As he revealed in an interview with the Boston Globe in mid-2018, the idea of having to lose oneself and one’s loved ones to aging never made any sense to him, and ever since he was a child, he has been preoccupied with aging and the fear that it might take away his father, who was almost 60 when Leon was 10 and, sadly, passed away in July 2018 at the age of 96.

Continue reading “An Interview with Dr. Leonid Peshkin” »

Jan 3, 2019

Magic Whale Formula

Posted by in categories: business, cryptocurrencies, finance

The 3 key ingredients for attracting investors to your crowdfunding (ICO/STO) campaign

Below is a redacted and slightly edited and updated version of a memo provided to a client regarding how to attract investors to their business, in mid 2017. For background, they’re a 5 year old private investment firm, whose stock is traded OTC and who invest in startups focused on blockchain tech. To further this model they were exploring additional ways to raise capital, specifically to acquire more startups. Below is a high level framework of what investor “whales” are looking for. This is not investment advice. These are redacted insights into what you should be considering if you’re looking to also engage potential investors in your business enterprise.

If you don’t have time to read it all, I’ll summarize: It still takes money to make money.

Note — all crowdfunding campaigns (regardless of if you call them ICOs / STOs) require a legitimate business model, tangible solutions to real problems, market size worth investing in and the potential for 100x returns. Otherwise, whales aren’t interested in 10x returns.

Continue reading “Magic Whale Formula” »

Jan 3, 2019

How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The same codes needed to thwart errors in quantum computers may also give the fabric of space-time its intrinsic robustness.

Read more

Jan 3, 2019

This Humanoid Robot Can (Slowly) Install Drywall All by Itself

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Coming soon to a construction site near you…

Read more