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Dec 14, 2018

We Might be able to Eradicate Cytomegalovirus

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a β-herpesvirus that infects the majority of people in the world. It lies dormant in the body, waiting for an opportunity to strike when the immune system is weakened. This persistent virus infects people for their entire lives, and now researchers have discovered how the virus spreads, opening the door to ways to destroy it.

What is cytomegalovirus?

CMV is part of the β-subfamily of herpesviruses, which are believed to have been co-evolving with their hosts for around 180 million years [1]. CMV infection is asymptomatic; this means it causes no symptoms and is a latent infection; in other words, it lies dormant in the cell, awaiting activation under certain conditions [2].

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Dec 14, 2018

Association of Assisted Reproductive Technologies With Arterial Hypertension During Adolescence

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

There’s a positive correlation of assisted reproductive technologies with arterial hypertension. Epigenetics and hormone treatments with IVF are probable causes.

Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have been shown to induce premature vascular aging in apparently healthy children. In mice, ART-induced premature vascular aging evolves into arterial hypertension. Given the young age of the human ART group, long-term sequelae of ART-induced alterations of the cardiovascular phenotype are unknown.

This study hypothesized that vascular alterations persist in adolescents and young adults conceived by ART and that arterial hypertension possibly represents the first detectable clinically relevant endpoint in this group.

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Dec 14, 2018

In the Nature–Nurture War, Nature Wins

Posted by in category: futurism

About the dinosaur wars…? Somehow I find this whole discussion to be debated in a pretty narrow-minded fashion and it renders it, at least to me, fairly useless.

Environmental influences are important, too, but they are largely unsystematic, unstable and idiosyncratic.

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Dec 14, 2018

NASA’s Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space!

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

NASA’s newly arrived Mars lander has been spotted by one its orbiting cousins.

The space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its supersharp High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) to photograph the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia.

“It looks like the heat shield (upper right) has its dark outside facing down, since it is so bright (saturated, probably a specular reflection),” HiRISE principal investigator Alfred McEwen, of the University of Arizona, wrote in an image description today (Dec. 13). [Mars InSight in Photos: NASA’s Mission to Probe Core of the Red Planet].

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Dec 14, 2018

Silicon Valley’s quest for immortality – and its worrying sacrifices

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, computing, life extension, neuroscience

Whether we will ever find a way to overcome the physiological trade offs that hold back immortality, or whether we will really be able to replicate human consciousness in a computer are questions too difficult for us yet to answer. But are those leading the charge against death at least inspiring us to lead healthy lives, or are they simply rallying against an inevitable fate?

Long read: How nature is fighting our attempts to use biohacking to live forever.

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Dec 14, 2018

Luxembourg to become first country in world to make public transport free

Posted by in category: transportation

Grand Duchy already offers free trains and buses to young people.

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Dec 14, 2018

The coming of low-Earth orbit satellites

Posted by in categories: economics, satellites

The launch of thousands of new satellites will boost the space economy.

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Dec 14, 2018

12 Creative Virtual Reality Uses Businesses Should Consider

Posted by in categories: business, virtual reality

Virtual reality (VR) has made massive bounds in recent years. We’re now seeing VR as an innovative and creative experience catered to customers.

To find out about t he creative ways entrepreneurs are using VR — and which methods have true applicability — I asked a panel of entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council the following question:

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Dec 13, 2018

Buzz Aldrin To Steph Curry: ‘Go Ask The Russians’ If We Landed On The Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

Buzz to Steph Curry on the Moon landings: “Go ask the Russians…” Priceless. #buzzaldrin #Moon #NASA #MadhuThangavelu…sBqDDiE-k4

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The second man to walk on the moon doesn’t want to talk about NBA superstar Steph Curry’s theory that it never happened.

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of three men who took part in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, was at USC Tuesday night to hear presentations by students on why the U.S. should attempt to return to the moon.

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Dec 13, 2018

How I discovered new worlds (and how you can, too)

Posted by in category: space

Thinking of trying something new today? How does “discovering new planets while sitting comfortably at home” sound? Learn how ordinary citizens can make a WORLD of difference in the ongoing hunt for exoplanets.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to discover new planets? Learn how Planet Hunters TESS shows us how to find new worlds far away from our Sun.

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