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Nov 26, 2019

Five ways China must cultivate research integrity

Posted by in category: futurism

China’s strides towards reform have been well received domestically and abroad, but effecting lasting change is hard2. To better characterize the situation, my team has studied global retraction data alongside national grants and applications that were revoked. We also surveyed researchers online and interviewed major stakeholders in China3,4. These included experts on university ethics committees, programmes for research-integrity training and plagiarism detection, as well as funding-programme managers, journal editors and academics. Here, I outline major challenges in research integrity, and potential strategies and solutions to buttress it.

A swift increase in scientific productivity has outstripped the country’s ability to promote rigour and curb academic misconduct; it is time to seize solutions.

Nov 26, 2019

Interdisciplinary team takes top prize in Mars colony design competition

Posted by in category: space

Star City, a concept for a human city on Mars, won first place at the Mars Colony Prize Design contest. The design, led by MIT PhD student George Lordos and his brother Alexandros, features five villages constructed around a crater rim.

Image: Star City Team/Delta Architects

Nov 25, 2019

Hackers demand $14 million from nursing homes in ransomware attack

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Some facilities unable to access patient records, order drugs or pay employees after their computers were hijacked.

Nov 25, 2019

T-Mobile Reveals A Security Breach Affecting Prepaid Users

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Adding one more to the count of data breaches this year, now joins the cellular firm T-Mobile. Recently, T-Mobile has disclosed a security breach impacting some of its customers.

T-Mobile Disclosed Security Breach

According to the security notice shared by T-Mobile, the firm has (once again) suffered a security breach. The incident has reportedly impacted prepaid consumers.

Nov 25, 2019

A hacking group is hijacking Docker systems with exposed API endpoints

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

It’s almost 2020 and some sysadmins are still leaving Docker admin ports exposed on the internet.

Nov 25, 2019

#IAmTranshuman Going to Space

Posted by in categories: space, transhumanism

#IAmTranshuman is heading into space onboard PlantSat 1, a project worked on in part at the Transhuman House.

The IAmTranshuman (ist) web site is about the stories of transhumanists, from professors to artists and everything in between from all walks of life. IAmTranshuman is about helping humanity grow and be more then what we were through the responsible use of technology.

Nov 25, 2019

Breakthrough Gene Therapy Clinical Trial is the World’s First That Aims to Reverse 20 Years of Aging in Humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Just one million dollars.

MANHATTAN, Kan., Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Libella Gene Therapeutics, LLC (“Libella”) announces an institutional review board (IRB)-approved pay-to-play clinical trial in Colombia ( South America ) using gene therapy that aims to treat and ultimately cure aging. This could lead to Libella offering the world’s only treatment to cure and reverse aging by 20 years.

Nov 25, 2019

Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into care

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online.

Artificial intelligence is spreading into , often as software or a capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.

It already detects an eye disease tied to diabetes and does other behind-the-scenes work like helping doctors interpret MRI scans and other imaging tests for some forms of cancer.

Nov 25, 2019

Tiny Devices made of DNA detect Cancer with fewer false alarms

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

DNA circuits could help ensure that cancer screens and therapies zero in on the right culprits. A new cancer-detecting tool uses tiny circuits made of DNA to identify cancer cells by the molecular signatures on their surface.

Duke University researchers fashioned the simple circuits from interacting strands of synthetic DNA that are tens of thousands of times finer than a human hair.

Unlike the circuits in a computer, these circuits work by attaching to the outside of a cell and analyzing it for proteins found in greater numbers on some cell types than others. If a circuit finds its targets, it labels the cell with a tiny light-up tag.

Nov 25, 2019

Why don’t we just stop the aging process?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, nanotechnology

A team of scientists at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) wants to stop the aging process. They are fascinated by uncovering longevity signatures at the tiny molecular level and are developing an intelligent nanomachine that lays the foundations for new therapies against aging and chronic diseases. Only ten conditions cause 75% of all mortalities. The top three of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer accounts for 50% of all mortalities. Are these chronic diseases age-related? Can we address them by targeting aging?