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Jun 10, 2019

How To Build A Real Lightsaber

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, weapons

As even casual Star Wars fans will know, lightsabers are probably the coolest weapon ever to make an appearance on the big screen. Lightsaber fights are so elegant that they are almost hypnotic and, even though not all of us might have a strong enough flow of Force running through our veins, a lightsaber in the right hand is by far the deadliest weapon to be found in the universe.

The idea behind a lightsaber is simple genius: a light-weight and immensely powerful tool that uses a blade of energy to not only slice up disciples of the Dark Side in a single blow but also act as an effective shield against laser blasts. So why don’t we have working lightsabers in real life? Surely physicists must be smart enough (and big enough Star Wars fans) to be able to produce one of these incredible objects.

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Jun 10, 2019

Rejuvenation biotechnology: why age may soon cease to mean aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

De Grey on aging… Respect AEWR.


Aubrey de grey, chief science officer, SENS research foundation.

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Jun 10, 2019

Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A worldwide team of senior scientists and clinicians have come together to produce an editorial which indicates that certain microbes — a specific virus and two specific types of bacteria — are major.

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Jun 10, 2019

New Immunotherapy Treatment Removes All Tumors In Woman With Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Research published today in Nature Medicine by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has described a new immunotherapy approach, which led to a complete disappearance of tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live.

The findings show how naturally-occurring tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) were extracted from the patient’s tumor, grown outside of her body to boost their numbers and injected back into the patient to tackle the cancer. The patient had previously received several treatments including hormone therapies and chemotherapy, but nothing had stopped the cancer progressing. After the treatment, all of the patient’s tumors disappeared and 22 months later, she is still in remission.

Researchers are particularly enthusiastic about the potential of TILs to treat a group of cancers termed ‘common epithelial cancers’, which include those of the colon, rectum, pancreas, breast and lung, together accounting for 90% of all deaths due to cancer in the U.S, around 540,000 people annually, most of these from metastatic disease.

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Jun 10, 2019

Cyberpunk 2077 Full Presentation with Keanu Reeves | Microsoft Xbox E3 2019

Posted by in category: futurism

Keanu Reeves presents the new Cyberpunk 20177 at #XboxE3

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Jun 10, 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Full Gameplay Reveal Presentation | EA Play E3 2019

Posted by in category: entertainment

EA shows off fifteen minutes of unedited gameplay from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order at EA Play at E3 2019. Plus, an interview with the game’s developers!

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Jun 10, 2019

Israeli study: Nervous system can transmit messages to future generations

Posted by in category: futurism

The study, led by Prof. Oded Rechavi of Tel Aviv University’s George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience, was published Thursday in the scientific journal Cell.

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Jun 10, 2019

This Insane Nanochip Device Can Heal Tissue Just by Touching The Skin Once

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Imagine buzzing the skin over an internal wound with an electrical device and having it heal over just a few days – that’s the promise of new nanochip technology that can reprogram cells to replace tissue or even whole organs.

It’s called Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), and while it’s only been tested on mice and pigs so far, the early signs are encouraging for this new body repair tool — and it sounds like a device straight out of science-fiction.

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Jun 10, 2019

3D bioprinting: Is this the future of organ transplantation?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical

Scientists around the world are developing revolutionary means by which to 3D print parts of the human body, from skin to internal organs.

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Jun 10, 2019

Transplanting Gut Microbes from Young to Old Mice Reverses Immune Decline

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The gut microbiome appears to be increasingly responsible for at least some of the decline of the immune system during aging, and a new mouse study shows that it is reversible.

The gut microbiome

The microbiome describes a varied community of bacteria, archaea, eukarya, and viruses that inhabit our guts. The four bacterial phyla of Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, and Actinobacteria comprise 98% of the intestinal microbiome.

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