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Jun 24, 2019

UN world population report predicts slowing growth rate, 10.9 billion peak by 2100

Posted by in category: futurism

While this general estimate that the global population should peak at under 11 billion is better news than some earlier higher estimates that it would reach as high as 15 billion by the end of the century, the researchers behind the study suggest the vast majority of population growth coming over the course of this century will occur in the world’s poorest countries.

Jun 24, 2019

Cancer patients welcome breakthrough ‘living drug’ that reprograms immune systems to fight disease

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

In a groundbreaking treatment, cancer patients’ immune systems are being genetically reprogrammed to fight their terminal cancer for them, with promising results.

In the UK, a number of National Health Service (NHS) patients with lymphoma at King’s College Hospital have been given CAR-T, a “living drug” that is unique to each patient as it contains some of their own cells.

Jun 24, 2019

How the Pentagon’s Skynet Would Automate War

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, drones, military, surveillance

Mass surveillance, drone swarms, cyborg soldiers, telekinesis, synthetic organisms, and laser beams will determine future conflict by 2030.

Jun 24, 2019

What can Schrödinger’s cat say about 3D printers on Mars? Essays

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

On a sofa in the corner of the room, a cat is purring. It seems obvious that the cat is an example of life, whereas the sofa itself is not. But should we trust our intuition? Consider this: Isaac Newton assumed a universal time flowing without external influence, and relative time measured by clocks – just as our perception tells us. Two centuries later, Albert Einstein dropped the concept of universal time, and instead introduced a concept of time measured only locally by clocks. Who before Einstein would have thought that time on the Sun, the Moon, and even on each of our watches runs at slightly different rates – that time is not a universal absolute? And yet today our cellphones must take this into account for a GPS to function.

Life ≠ alive.

A cat is alive, a sofa is not: that much we know. But a sofa is also part of life. Information theory tells us why.

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Jun 24, 2019

Zero Psilocybin Arrests in Denver First Month After Decriminalization

Posted by in category: futurism

Denver police made zero psychedelic mushroom arrests in the first month of the decriminalization initiative being on the books.

Jun 24, 2019

Are scientists on the brink of discovering a mirror universe?

Posted by in category: futurism

New experiments look to the interplay between neutrons and magnetic fields to observe our universal reflection.

Jun 24, 2019

Bacteria live on our eyeballs — and understanding their role could help treat common eye diseases

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Just like the gut, the skin and the mouth, the eye also has a collection of microbes that keep it healthy. Understanding the eye microbiome may lead to new probiotic therapies.

Jun 24, 2019

ENAMPT Delays Aging and Extends Lifespan in Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered a way to delay aging in mice with a protein that is abundant in the blood of young mice but declines with age.

eNAMPT and the NAD salvage pathway

That protein is extracellular nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (eNAMPT), and it plays a key role in the process that cells use to create nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a crucial component that they need for energy production. NAD is a coenzyme found in all living cells. It is a dinucleotide, which means that it consists of two nucleotides joined through their phosphate groups. One nucleotide contains an adenine base, and the other contains nicotinamide.

Jun 24, 2019

Digest image | above top A close-up of an actual caterpillar

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Image | above top A close-up of an actual caterpillar.

Image | above bottom A close-up of the robot caterpillar prototype.

Jun 24, 2019

Researchers Use Stem Cells to Restore Eyesight in Two People

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Two blind patients regain eyesight thanks to stem cell therapy.