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Feb 15, 2017

Combination immunotherapies kill brain cancer in mice – study

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists have discovered a groundbreaking immunotherapy combination that kills brain cancer, promotes long-term immunity and is highly effective against breast cancer and myeloma.

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa had the promising findings published Wednesday in the journal ‘Nature Communications’.

The study outlines how the team developed a unique combination of drugs known as SMAC Mimetics and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) that produce high kill rates for cancer tumor cells in mice.

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Feb 15, 2017

Trump may get Kennedy-esque with earlier return to moon

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Feb. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Wednesday indicated that President Donald Trump may want the United States to resurrect its pioneering spirit in outer space — much the same way another American leader did five decades ago.

Acting NASA Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., sent a memo to employees Wednesday saying he had instructed the agency to work up a feasibility report on adding astronauts to its planned EM-1 flight late next year.

The mission, which is currently unmanned, will launch NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket with an Orion capsule. The spacecraft would orbit the moon and return to Earth. The agency’s EM-2 mission, scheduled for years later, was supposed to be the spaceflight to carry humans.

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Feb 15, 2017

Homemade Exoskeleton Gives Man Superhuman Strength

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transportation

A backyard engineer built an exoskeleton that helps him lift a truck.

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Feb 15, 2017

Physicists Found Proof That the Universe Is Built Like a Hologram

Posted by in categories: holograms, physics, robotics/AI, space

This article was originally posted on Inverse.

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Feb 15, 2017

An algae that survived two years in outer space may hold the secret to growing food on Mars

Posted by in categories: biological, food, space

Humans won’t survive on Mars for very long if they don’t learn to grow their own food. That’s why we need to answer the question: What, if anything, can grow on the red planet?

A two-year experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) gives us some hints. A species of green algae and photosynthesizing bacteria have survived their 450-day stay in outer space. All but one of the algae samples started growing after being returned to Earth.

The experiment was part of the Biology and Mars Experiment (BIOMEX) to understand to what extent terrestrial life can survive in space. It involved a series of pockets where hundreds of specimens of bacteria, fungi, lichens, algae, and mosses were exposed to conditions of near vacuum, temperatures between −4 °F (−20 °C) and 116 °F (47 °C), and a continuous blast of ultraviolet radiation.

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Feb 15, 2017

Robot Room Service and More: Robots Take Over Hotels

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Seventy-five percent of the work in hotels can be automated.

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Feb 15, 2017

The world in 2045, according to Pentagon researchers

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

Three researchers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency make some predictions for the future.

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Feb 15, 2017

Universal Basic Income: The Answer to Automation?

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

57% of the world’s jobs are at risk of being automated. Universal Basic Income may be our only way out. Here’s why.

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Feb 15, 2017

Exciting Therapy To Treat Age Related Blindness Moving To The Clinic

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Another SENS therapy moving closer to the clinic this time LysoSENS gets the spotlight thanks to Ichor and their new therapy for age-related blindness.

Yet another SENS repair therapy moving into clinical testing, this time age-related blindness is the focus thanks to Ichor Therapeutics.

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Feb 15, 2017

Why Elon Musk’s transhumanism claims may not be that far-fetched

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Excellent article in Wired this morning. My novel “The Transhumanist Wager” quoted quite a bit to add context to some of Elon Musk’s statements: #transhumanism

The Tesla and SpaceX founder warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be ‘dangerous’ and we must all become cyborgs to survive.

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